Paint and Coatings

with Heather Goode


Heather holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry and is the Dulux Technical Manager. She has worked in the paint industry for over a decade.

24 June 2016

The Importance of Trusted Laboratory Testing

Company laboratories should be able to create reliable, accurate results, and IANZ accreditation gives customers assurance that these tests can be relied on.

26 May 2016

How Harmful are the Chemicals in Paint?

The Environmental Choice labelling scheme is an easy and reliable way to be assured that a specified product meets a number of tough environmental and health considerations.

21 April 2016

The Effect of Light Sources on Colour Perception

Metamerism describes how colours can look different under different light sources and is an important factor to consider when choosing a paint colour.

14 March 2016

Matching and Recreating Original Colour Schemes

Recreating colours from old, faded and repainted buildings can be a challenge — particularly when faded photographs and paint are the only clues available to designers. 

17 February 2016

Asbestos Management: New Responsibilities for Property Owners

At a recent Paint Manufacturer’s Association meeting we had some information presented on changes to how asbestos removal will be managed from April 2016.

19 November 2015

Slip Resistance Ratings and Surface Coatings

Slip resistance is necessary to safeguard people from injury during movement into, within, and out of buildings.

21 October 2015

Coatings to Meet the Needs of Our Ageing Population

As the population ages, durable paint finishes that meet the demands of residential aged care facilities, health care practices and hospitals are required. 

17 September 2015

The Effects of Timber Movement on Paint

Timber movement is caused by changes in environmental conditions and can be affected by and have an effect on paint. 

13 August 2015

LRVs and How Substrates Influence Colour Choice

LRV stands for Light Reflectance Value and is a measure of the amount of visible light reflected by a surface. As a design professional you're probably well aware of this, but what you may be less familiar with is the effect that chosen colours can have on the integrity of the substrate beneath.

21 July 2015

Compliance Benchmarks that Matter Most for Paint and Coatings

At Dulux, we seem to hear about a new type of certification on a monthly basis. Each has a different focus but often overlaps with other programmes. It's hard to decide which is most important when choosing a product, but here are some of the better known.

01 June 2015

Fire Ratings: Surface Linings

As an architect or designer you will often need to prove that proposed structures meet a number of fire safety standards including the mandatory provisions of the New Zealand Building Code fire safety clauses.

12 August 2014

Painting Pre-Primed Weatherboards

Wood has long been a popular choice for building. A sustainable and attractive natural product, it is enjoying a resurgence in popularity.

15 July 2012

Lead: How to Test for and Treat Lead-Based Paint

In our work with painting and building contractors working on Christchurch repair work, the issue of lead paint has arisen many times.

20 April 2012

Getting Colour Right (When There Are 5,000 to Choose From!)

Paint companies provide consumers and specifiers with a number of different tools to help with colour selection.

05 April 2012

Understanding Opacity and the "Hiding Power" of Paints

One of the functions of paint is to obliterate whatever you are painting, whether it be old patterned wallpaper, stains, or the unloved colour of a previous tenant.

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