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Client Spotlight: Thrift Store

Before picture, the roof of a thrift store

PROJECT:                   THRIFT STORE

DATE:                         MARCH – JUNE 2012





This project was brought to Anchor Coatings attention when the Operation Manager saw water running down the walls of this church thrift store. He called Anchor Coatings to inspect and give a recommendation. This roof was a perfect candidate for our Poly-Koat 600 Polyurethane roof coating.


The roof was pressure washed and prepped with Prime Koat 624, then caulked around the roof vents and prepared for coating with Poly-Koat 600. The waterproofing contractor was very familiar using these types of coatings for this type of roof.

Rubber Roofs Or EPDM-(EPDM rubber (ethylene propylene diene monomer (M-class) rubber, a type of synthetic rubber) roofs are typically made from synthetic rubber.

When tackling these types of roofs(commercial), please consult a waterproofing contractor or roofing contractor on recommendations of the right coatings.

Here is the temperature difference this roof coating makes:

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How To Paint

Painting the outside of your home, office or other building not only renews its appearance, it also protects it from the elements. Following these tips will help your paint job go more smoothly, look better and last longer!

1. Get the Right Tools

Most outdoor paint projects require the following:

Paint! Here are estimates based on building size (your experience may vary):

  • 1300sf: 10 gallons for exterior walls, 4 gallons for eaves/fascia, 1 gallon for trim, 1 gallon for doors/garage
  • 2500sf: 15 gallons for walls, 7 gallons for eaves/fascia, 2 gallons for trim, 2 gallons for doors/garage
  • 4000sf: 20 gallons for walls, 11 gallons for eaves/fascia, 3 gallons for trim, 3 gallons for doors/garage

Supplies you will need:

Brushes, rollers, paint tray & liners, caulk and caulk gun, drop cloths, ladder, masking tape, masking paper, extension pole, patching putty, putty knife, scraper, sandpaper, scrub brush, rags and sponges.

2. Get Prepped!

Prepping is key to getting beautiful, lasting results!

  • Remove outdoor furniture, hoses, pots, etc. away from work area.
  • Remove light fixtures, address numbers, etc., and tape screws to back of items.
  • Place drop cloths on patios, walkways, plants – anything you want to protect from paint spatter.
  • Scrape or sand imperfections, patch & sand holes, remove or hammer down exposed nails.
  • Caulk any gaps, seams or wide cracks.
  • Lightly sand all glossy surfaces to allow new paint to adhere. Wipe away any dust with damp rag.
  • Power-wash all areas to be painted (or have it done professionally).
  • Remove all mold or mildew from areas to be painted.
  • Once areas are completely dry, mask any needing protection with tape or paper.

3. Prime and Paint!

Primer is an important step if you have any areas that are uncoated, have patches, repairs or stains, or if you’re painting over a dark color with a lighter one. Primer is also needed if you’re painting over an oil-based coating.

  • Paints eaves first – Start at a top corner and use a high-quality brush to cut in a 3-4 inch strip – a brush allows you more control and helps keep paint where you want it.
  • Next use a roller to finish eaves and paint walls.
  • Paint fascia/trim/doors last – Start at a corner and use a brush or roller to complete the area.

Be sure to clean all brushes and other tools with soap and water (latex paint) or mineral spirits (oil-based finishes). Once paint is completely dry, carefully remove all masking materials and reinstall fixtures.

Now stand back and marvel at your excellent work!

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Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.