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Part II : an Intro to water based floor coatings Permashield 2000

This is a video of the application of Permashield 2000 by Monopole Inc. IT is a fast dry polyuria clear coat. The video says most every thing to say, this is a phenomenally tough coating that can be applied and then walked on in a matter if hours. This product dries in about 10 to 15 minutes so you really have to move quickly. Best application is to have a few people,  one mixing with one or two people applying the coating. This product had been used on baseball stadium concourses as well  as on heliport decks, it is very tough.

The reason that I was using it was that it is also fairly thick and so coated over the flecks that I had broad cast into the previous coating. If I were to add another coat of the permashield 2000 we would have a very slick surface

Contact me you are interested in knowing more about this or other Monopole Products.Greg Saunders

Greg Saunders
Annex Paint

January 7, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Breaking tradition: an Intro to water based epoxy floor coatings

While this is a wood finishing blog I recently had to do a remodeling job for a new office and had a concrete floor to cover and make look good. Having been a supplier for the monopole line of water based concrete coatings  I decided to use my own products and make a training video out of the event.

The Product I’m using is a 2 component water based epoxy that will stick to anything and as well is inexpensive and USDA approved for food service areas. While I had shot blasted the floor to really clean it that was some what unnecessary with this product as it will adhere to any clean surface including porcelain tile.  That is good, really good if you need to put a coating down on a floor that you can’t shot  blast.

The down side to this product is that it has a 20-30 minute pot life, that means that you have that amount of time before it starts hardening up on you in the can, yup, that’s right 20-30 minutes. Mix this up and go to lunch and when you return you’ll have a door stop in your bucket. factually it won’t solidify that quickly but you will have wasted that material as it will be beyond use.

While the video, videography, production of this is about as good as terrible I’m posting it any way as there is a lot of instructional data that you should have if you are going to use this product.   My goal being to give you and my customers a fighting chance at getting it right the first time.

So once again please excuse the videography there are spots where the camera person zoomed in and left it out of focus. If you can over look these things I hope that you find the posting useful.

Further note on this product: epoxies are great primers and are very hard and this one is one of the best, that being said, epoxies will “chalk” up in the sun light so you don’t what to have and epoxy in the direct Sun light, if you need to use and epoxy primer to get your top coat to stick then top coat the epoxy with another product, in the industry urethanes are generally used over the epoxies heavy equipment painting, tractors  oil rigs, farm equipment and things of that nature are generally primed with and epoxy and then top coated with a polyurethane. the polyurethane is UV stable and will not fade in the sun light and the epoxy is the hard tough protective coating. The “Chalking” doesn’t effect the integrity of the coating just the look. So this application is in side a garage and will have little to no sunlight.

The real trick with this product is getting it mixed and applied quickly. For my application we also applied a color sprinkle to give the floor a little depth and quality. so for this we would coat a section of the floor and then sprinkle in the colored flakes and then move on to do another section.

In the next video we applied the top coat of permashield 2000 and that is another fast dry product that cures very fast.

You are welcome to contact me with questions on this product and others.

In the next video we’ll do the top coat.


Greg Saunders
Annex Paint

January 7, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CI Centurion Acrylic lacquer in action

I have been reporting on the acrylic lacquer for the last few years yet few of the die-hard finishers have taken up the new technology, for better or worse in our industry getting up and running with a new product, water-based materials or other wise is a trying activity experimenting with you customers kitchens is a risky business and with economic conditions as they are these aren’t the times to venture away from the norm, or are they?

Having a technologically superior product that is easy to apply could be the thing that would put you ahead of the crowd could be the ticket to your survival in this cut throat market.

The Church of Scientology has been on a project to up grade and renovate their various facilities around the country. After extensive testing they decided on using the Centurion acrylic Lacquer from CIC  Coatings they needed something that was commercial grade tough and as well crystal clear which wouldn’t yellow. As well they wanted a product that was as environmentally friendly. The CIC Acrylic lacquer met all these qualities It doesn’t yellow as it is not nitro-cellulous, it’s as hard as a pre-Catalysed lacquer yet it has the moisture resistance of a urethane, it is low VOC and has a relatively low odor.

The Finishing contractor, Jody Toole, of Jody tools Finishing (http://www.jodytoole.com/) has been applying the product with an Kremlin Air assisted Airless spray rig has been over joyed at the results he has been getting.

the following are a few pictures of  one of the recent  Church of Scientology churches which have been renovated using the CIC Acrylic lacquer.

Non yellowing CIC acrylic lacquer

CIC Lacquer on all the furniture

November 8, 2011 Posted by | Acrylic Lacquer, Uncategorized, Wood finishing | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More on the subject of Anti Graffiti coatings


Having begun this trail of research I have acquired a little more information on the subject of anti Graffiti coatings, This time from the source it’s self,  the technical consultant of  the Monopole Coatings  following is a brief synopsis of the different categories of graffiti coatings. IF you are interested in purchasing any of these products you can contact me, Greg Saunders either at 818-439-9297 or through email at greg@annexpaint.com you can also purchase any of these product  from our on line store at: www.annexpaint.com

In the coatings industry there are three categories/levels of graffiti coatings: Sacrificial, Non Sacrificial, and Permanent. These types of coatings are ideal for bare or painted:

 Concrete, masonry, wood, stucco, aluminum, metal, EIFS, murals, signs and many other surfaces.

 Monopole Inc., a leading manufacturer of specialty coatings, offers the most environmentally friendly versions of each system while boasting a “Super Compliant” classification by the stringent AQMD: 

  1. Sacrificial:
    1. Permashield Sacrificial Lasts for 1 graffiti removal.
  2. Non-Sacrificial:
    1. Permashield Non Sacrificial Lasts for 3-5 graffiti removals.
  3. Permanent:
    1. Permashield Premium 10-Year warranty for unlimited graffiti removals. 

Each of the above systems is tailored to address the needs of different customers. If someone doesn’t expect to get graffiti-tagged more than once a year a sacrificial type coating is ideal. This inexpensive easy to maintain type of system is generally a wax base. Each time you are tagged, the stain cures inside the coating. Then you remove/sacrifice the coating (with the embedded graffiti) by either using a warm pressure washer (130-190º F) or a solution like Monopole’s Citrus Clean.  Once removed, the area of the wall is once again bare and needs to be recoated with a graffiti resistant product. Some benefits of Monopoles’ Permashield Sacrificial  are: 

  • 0 VOC and USDA approved for food contact
  • Water Based
  • Very Low Odor
  • Clear
  • Matte
  • Acts as a water repellent
  • Easy to apply and maintain using Citrus Clean or a warm pressure washer (130-190º F)
  • Excellent UV and chemical resistance    
  • Caltrans approval for use number: 08-08-018
  • Qualifies for Earning LEED credits for Environmental Quality
  • Conforms to the environmental regulations for all 50 states and the cities within 

The next step up in graffiti protection is a non-sacrificial product like Monopoles’ Permashield Non-Sacrificial.  This type of coating is generally a modified acrylic that is good for 3-5 graffiti removals. If a person experiences graffiti on a quarterly basis, or would like a cost efficient system for multiple tagging removals this is ideal. To remove graffiti just spray the surface with a solution cleaner like Monopoles’ Citrus Clean  and scrub away the graffiti like you would brush your teeth. Once the 3-5 removals have taken place, just reapply and you are back to full strength. Some added benefits of Monopoles’s Permashield Non Sacrificial are: 

  • Resists graffiti for 3-5 removal cycles
  • Low VOC <30 g/l
  • Water based
  • VeryLow Odor
  • Clear
  • Gloss or Low Gloss
  • Easy to apply and maintain
  • Excellent UV and chemical resistance
  • Caltrans approval for use number: 08-08-019
  • Qualifies for Earning LEED credits for Environmental Quality
  • Conforms to the environmental regulations for all 50 states and the cities within 

The highest level of protection in the war against graffiti is a permanent graffiti system like Monopoles’ Permashield Premium System.  This system boasts an industry leading 10-year graffiti removal warranty while having the lowest possible toxicity of 0 VOC (also USDA approved for food contact). For theses reasons this system has been awarded the prestigious exclusive/non competition specification as the “only non-sacrificial (permanent falls under this category) anti-graffiti system that can be applied to all (968) of the LAUSD schools.” (http://www.monopoleinc.com/html/bulletin.pdf). The benefits of this system are: 

  • 10-year graffiti removal warranty
  • 0 VOC and USDA approved for food contact 
  • Highest level of chemical resistance
  • Water based
  • Very Low Odor
  • Clear or Pigmented
  • Matte (< 5º sheen) or Gloss ( 90º)
  • Excellent UV and chemical resistance
  • LAUSD exclusive specification as the only non-sacrificial type system that can be used on all 968 schools. (http://www.monopoleinc.com/html/news.html)
  • Caltrans approval for use number: 08-09-017
  • Qualifies for Earning LEED credits for Environmental Quality
  • Conforms to the environmental regulations for all 50 states and the cities within 
Hollenbeck Police Station- Permashield Premium

Hollenbeck Police Station Permashield Premium Application”


Through understanding the different levels of graffiti protection, we can all be ahead of the curve in the battle against undeterred taggers. No building is safe in today’s’ world which is evident by even the Hollenbeck Police Station (left) choosing to apply the Permashield Premium System.  

We can send a clear message to “graffiti artists” when they return to the tagging sights and see their work/defacement completely removed: “Don’t waste your time tagging/abusing our neighborhood.” It will take some time and effort, but together we can take control of this epidemic.



If you would like a site consultation for your project you can contact me  dirrectly at 818-439-9297  or throught Email: greg@annexpaint.com

Greg Saunders
Annex paint

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Anti Graffiti coatings | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Anti Graffiti paint

“Permashield premium,” by Monopole, a locally manufactured, zero VOC, Water based, FDA approved, anti graffiti is the best that I have found available on the market to day.  And that’s amazing as I usually find that the good stuff is always manufactured some where else, like Europe and hard to get.

 I have been experimenting with the different Monopole products now for about a year and have subjected them to some rigorous testing. The Perma Shield premium is the top of the line coating Anti graffiti coating that has been approved as the only produt to use by several different orginizations.

There are two types of anti Graffiti coatings; one is referred to as sacrificial meaning it comes off easily and so when you have been tagged you easily wash off the tag job and a layer of paint which is designed to come off easily. As you might imagine you have to then re-coat the wall with the sacrificial paint. The paint is inexpensive but your labor may not be.

  The other type of anti Graffiti coating is so hard that the spray paint doesn’t stick. And that’s a hard finish! When our 15 year old, intellectually challenged Einstein has nothing better to do than express himself on the side of your building. You simply wash it off.

 So the next question become how long does it last?

 On a wall that was properly prepped primed and coated I have seen the Perma Shield last for 200 scrubbings. I have seen other brands begin to break down in less than 5 scrubbings, despite there PR and advertising. (Names with held to hide the guilty, and spare me from law suits)

 This is also the only product that the LA school district has approved for its walls

 This product is FDA approve for use in food coating area as well.

 I’m going to be running a new category on Anti Graffiti coatings and would like to have commentary from customers and users alike on this matter.

 As you might imagine I sell this product and would be happy to come out and see your application and or help you with your needs.

 I would like to have some more testimonials with pictures of people using this product and or any other product that works well as an anti Graffiti coating.

As and independent paint and coatings sales Rep I have to know what it is that I’m selling to people and businesses Shameful to say I have had a lot of salesmen miss inform me about there products so long ago I began doing my own testing to see what really worked and what didn’t. Coatings, any coating whether on industrial steel or on fin furniture do two things, they protect what ever it is they are covering and they add an aesthetic. Lacquers are primarily aesthetic.  Anti Graffiti coatings are for protection.


Greg Saunders
Annex Paint

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Anti Graffiti coatings, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment