Facts About Paint

May 15, 2019 4:56 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When looking into storage tank painting in Colorado, you may start to discover many things about painting you didn’t already know. In fact, painting storage tanks is a specialized business that involves many nuances other painting jobs don’t have to worry about. Read on for some painting facts you didn’t know!

  • The White House: The original paint for the White House is a lime-based whitewash that was used to protect the porous stone surface, giving it its white color. It gets repainted once a year and takes about 570 gallons of paint to cover the entire exterior.
  • Shades of green: Commercially, there are more shades of green than any other color when it comes to paint. The human eye can distinguish more variations of green than other colors.
  • U.S. consumption: Every year, over 1.57 billion gallons of paint are sold—just in the United States!
  • Lead-based paint: Lead-based paint in residential painting jobs was used in the United States until it was banned in 1978. Other countries banned lead-based paint before 1920. It used to be popular because it was bright, durable, cheap and fast-drying. However, it has now been banned because of health hazards.
  • Household hazards: Speaking of health hazards, paint is one of the most prevalent types of household waste. It encompasses a majority of the waste collected by Household Hazardous Waste programs across the United States. While latex paint is recyclable, oil-based paints have to be disposed of by a qualified waste management organization. Many paints are considered hazardous waste and should be disposed of properly to avoid environmental contamination.
  • Disposal: 69 million gallons of paint are disposed of every year in the United States alone.
  • The reach of one gallon: One gallon of paint can cover between 25 and 44 square yards of surface. However, the reach of a gallon depends on the color and type of paint, and of course, how porous the surface you’re painting is.
  • The Golden Gate Bridge: The Golden Gate Bridge is painted a color called “International Orange,” and has been this color since its creation in 1937. The architect, Irving Morrow, discarded a number of suggested options, including aluminum, black, carbon gray, and black with yellow stripes. He was the deciding factor on the color orange.
  • Royal purple: Have you ever wondered why purple represents royalty? It may be because long ago, purple pigment was created by crushing mollusk shells, and it took four million of these shells for one pound of pigment. Only aristocrats could afford to pay for this pricey and extensive process.
  • Hog’s hair: Until World War II, paintbrushes were made from hog’s hair. After the war began, people had to come up with other solutions because hogs’ hair became harder to come by. This is when paint rollers were invented.

Aren’t you glad you aren’t still spreading crushed mollusk shells on your storage tank with hog’s hair? If you’re in need of storage tank painting in Colorado, DJC Enterprises, Inc. would appreciate the opportunity to be placed on your bid list for all your future needs. We take great pride in our quality, and we look forward to our continued growth. Give us a call to find out more!

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