I am writing to you regarding a question you responded to in the July 2003 painting clinic, titled Multi-Color Finishes. We have manufactured multi-color coatings since 1952. The coatings you eluded to, nitrocellulose lacquer-base multi colors, are still manufactured for OEM applications. Multi-color coatings have advanced considerably since that time. The latest technologies are water-in-water multi-color. These technologies are VOC compliant in all markets, including California. We manufacture a wide variety of multi-color coatings for many different uses. The primary market segments are architectural, focusing on office complexes, health care, hospitality, education and retail stores. We also continue to manufacture coatings for the OEM market as well as getting into the retail market with roller applied multi-color. T.K.
My investigation of multi-color finishes took place in 1959. I failed to mention in the July Painting Clinic how we found out about them in the first place. When my son was born in 1956, I bought him nursery furniture, a crib and dresser, finished with multi-color paint. Having been in the paint business, I appreciated novel finishes. It seemed to be a perfect fit for our industrial application to hide surface defects. I liked it and the Marketing Department liked it, but we couldn’t sell the idea to the Engineering Department.
The company name was withheld because I don’t mention company names in the Painting Clinic, but I will supply it to interested parties by e-mail.