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Paints, Coatings, and More

Our research and development has been headed by Davis Janeway since 1983.  This ensures complete continuity in product development.    Because of this longevity, Pioneer products have been “performance tuned” to a level most manufacturers cannot match.  Additionally our chemist is available to custom develop a coating suited for your specific needs.
From our much revered #445 Universal Primer to our Waterborne Technical Coatings, and everything in between, we have just the right product for your needs.  Finding the right coating for your project is easy at Pioneer Paint!  Stop in, call, or email today for a personal consultation with any of our knowledgeable staff.

Virtually every major sundries manufacturer is represented at Pioneer Paint.  From 3M, Purdy, Wooster, DAP, Customs, we carry all of the products you need to complete your project with a professional look.

Architectural Coatings

Architectural coating means a coating recommended for application to stationary structures and their appurtenances, portable buildings, pavements, curbs, fields and lawns. This definition excludes adhesives, aerosols and coatings recommended by the manufacturer or importer solely for shop applications or solely for application to non-stationary structures, such as airplanes, ships, boats, and railcars.

Industrial Maintenance

Industrial Maintenance (IM) coating means a high performance architectural coating, including primers, sealers, undercoaters, intermediate coats, and topcoats formulated and recommended for application to substrates exposed to one or more of the following extreme environmental conditions in an industrial, commercial, or institutional setting:

(1) Immersion in water, wastewater, or chemical solutions (aqueous and non-aqueous solutions), or chronic exposure of interior surfaces to moisture condensation;

(2) Acute or chronic exposure to corrosive, caustic, or acidic agents, or to chemicals, chemical fumes, or chemical mixtures or solutions;

(3) Repeated exposure to temperatures above 120 °C (250 °F);

(4) Repeated (frequent) heavy abrasion, including mechanical wear and repeated (frequent) scrubbing with industrial solvents, cleansers, or scouring agents;

or (5) Exterior exposure of metal structures and structural components.

One of the primary ways AIM rules distinguish IM coatings from other architectural coatings is the manufacturer’s recommendation for restricted usage. IM coatings must be labeled under the rules as:

(1) ‘‘For industrial use only.’’

(2) ‘‘For professional use only.’’

(3) ‘‘Not for residential use’’ or ‘‘Not intended for residential use.”

Thus, if the product is not intended for and not labeled as an IM coating, it should be deemed a covered architectural coating and the fee should be assessed, unless it is specifically excluded.

Agricultural Paints

The life of farm buildings today can be extended and their appearance greatly enhanced by appropriate treatment and painting. Apart from aesthetic considerations and the satisfaction derived from a visually pleasing environment, paint protects surfaces from rain, sunlight, abrasion and chemical substances. The cost of the paint relative to the inconvenience and cost of the painting operation is such that, using inferior materials, not carrying out proper surface preparation or applying the correct number of coats is false economy.

Painting systems usually comprise of a primer, undercoats and finishing coats. The primer must adhere to and seal the surface while undercoats must stick to the primer as well as fill surface imperfections and provide a proper base for the finishing coat. The finishing coat protects the surface against weathering and other damage and determines texture and colour.

Institutional Paints

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are found in everything from paints and coatings to
underarm deodorant and cleaning product formulations. Moreover, VOCs have been determined
to be a major contributing factor to the formation of ground-level ozone, which has been proven to
be a public health concern.

Therefore, in order to reduce ground-level ozone, the U.S. Clean Air Act regulates or limits manmade
emissions of VOCs. Areas of the country that do not meet national standards for groundlevel
ozone are referred to as “ozone nonattainment areas.” Under the Clean Air Act, these areas
generally are required to reduce VOC emissions within their boundaries (not including vehicle
emissions) by 3 percent each year until the national standard is met.

Emissions of VOCs, in and of themselves, do not necessarily give rise to health or environmental
concerns. In many areas, however, they react with oxides of nitrogen (NOx) in the presence of heat
and sunlight to form ground-level ozone – the primary component of “smog.” For that reason,
VOCs are regulated as “ozone precursors” under the U.S. Clean Air Act and similar state laws.
In order to reduce ozone levels, the U.S. EPA and numerous state agencies have issued regulations
to reduce VOC emissions from a variety of sources, including products that contain solvents such
as cleaning product formulations. In the case of cleaning products, the regulations limit the
amount of VOCs that can be used in various product categories.

The VOC limitations issued by these various authorities is constantly evolving. On an ever
increasing basis, new states are issuing VOC limitations, while states with existing limitations are
expanding the reaches of their regulations as well as issuing more aggressive restrictions for
existing product categories. The U.S. EPA also will soon issue more stringent national

Nonetheless, this summary provides an accurate side-by-side comparison of the VOC limitations
for institutional and consumer cleaning products issued by state and federal agencies, as of the date
of publication. ISSA will continue to update this summary as the VOC regulations continue to