Product Watch // Spring/Summer 2017

It’s the latest rundown of new and noteworthy products being offered by Accessa. Please contact us to find out more about these products and consider how one might be a good fit for your business. Accessa Chemical Solutions HitSol HSCC4355 – Acid-based liquid cleaner/coater iron phosphate concentrate designed for use in metal pretreatment applications. HitSol HSCC4355 will also remove rust from ...
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FAQs on Paint and Temperature Control

Temperature control is a critical aspect of high-quality finishing. Temperature influences how easily the paint pumps, atomizes and flows out. It affects how quickly the coating dries (or cures) and how hard the film becomes. Often the exact temperature at which something in the paint shop happens is less important than the consistency of the temperature. Let’s dig in with our FAQs.   ...
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How to Reduce Dirt Problems

Dirt is one of the most vexing and challenging problems encountered in the paint shop. It never seems to end and is often hard to eliminate. Dirt can come from many sources including some that are not even under the direct control of paint line personnel. What is dirt anyway? Dirt is any visible, objectionable object in or under the paint film. Most people can detect a particle as small ...
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The Consultancy: Fall 2016 Edition

Download the latest issue of The Consultancy, Accessa’s quarterly magazine for customers, business leaders who rely on coatings and chemicals, and industry leaders. Download The Consultancy here. In This Issue: Hold on Tight: Accessa President/Principal Joe Todd shares highlights from an exciting year at Accessa Coatings Solutions and Accessa Chemical Solutions. 2017 Design Trends: Our...
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2017 Design Trends: Coatings and colors for home and office

Every year, Accessa Coatings Solutions rounds up consumer trends in coatings and colors for homes and offices from a range of expert sources. When your customers ask for it, you’ll be ready. Download the free guide to find: Colors of the Year from Sherwin-Williams, Valspar, Glidden and industry trend watchers Home Trends including color and texture themes, what's in what's out, and more...
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Denver-Area Paint and Lacquer Co. Joins the Accessa Family

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 30, 2016 INDIANAPOLIS—Accessa has acquired Paint and Lacquer Co. in Englewood, Colorado, which has been selling high-quality coatings to the greater Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, Colo., markets since 1937. Accessa will continue Paint and Lacquer Co.’s tradition of providing excellent customer service and support, while working to further enhan...
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Getting Clear on Conversion and Polyurethane Finishes

Manufacturers who use wood coatings have more and more options available to them when it comes to their finishing lines, and the best choice for their business isn’t always clear. Letting just one or two factors determine the direction you go can be hasty, a lesson that rings true when decision makers are considering whether to use a conversion varnish or a polyurethane. To help us take a close...
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2016 Trends Kitchen & Bath Cabinetry

“Over 90 percent of the consumer’s initial assessment of your product quality is related to its color and appearance, so having the right color and right finish is extremely important.” — Angela Simone, Director of Global Color Marketing, AcromaPro Get this year’s top colors. When consumers ask for it, you’ll be ready. 2016 WOOD TRENDS Trends with OEM customers include minimalist, Europ...
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If You Don’t Retain Your Customers, Someone Else Will

We are very much in a growth-oriented mode at Accessa, focused, like you are, on building a bigger, stronger business. We also fully recognize that replacing lost customers is like running in place. You never get ahead. Maintaining customers remains first on our list of priorities, while securing new business remains at No. 2. Fortunately, we have a strong customer retention record, due in no s...
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How to Buy Your Next Coating

Whether you are shopping for a new coating, evaluating a coating you have in use or on the brink of ditching your current coating, three factors should be considered: Service and Support (50%) Product Quality (35%) Product Cost (15%) How people measure the importance of each factor is typically how they fail in the decision-making process. Based on my decades of experience in this indus...
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Raise Your Hand if You Hate Fisheyes

If a metal substrate isn’t completely clean when you apply paint, fisheyes can rear their ugly and costly heads. Unfortunately, most people who have ever been involved in metal coating know how disastrous fisheyes can be. These imperfections appear as craters on the paint surface. If no one catches fisheyes in time, you can easily run an entire shift with serious consequences. If you’re in t...
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Who Wants to Tighten Up Cash Flow?

Charles “Red” Scott is credited with saying, no doubt in his signature Texas drawl, “Cash ain’t cash until it’s cash.” The famous corporate leader, who died in 2013, was talking about cash flow. Staying competitive and excelling in your industry require a strong cash flow system. Without one, you are at risk of unnecessarily spending money on things that aren’t critical or urgent. With a sy...
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HIT Solutions and Accessa Coatings Solutions Launch “The Consultancy”

INDIANAPOLIS—The debut issue of “The Consultancy” is now available. The quarterly publication from HIT Solutions and Accessa Coatings Solutions features industry insights for people who count on coatings and specialty products to grow their businesses. The May-July 2015 issue includes: Wood Trends: 8 To Know Right Now Sales Are Up!: 4 Ways to Ensure Your Finishing Line Keeps Up 2 Advances in ...
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Sales Are Up! 4 Ways to Ensure Your Finishing Line Keeps Up

With the upsurge in the economy, our customers have recently experienced steady sales growth. Generally, a rise in sales equates to positive gains. However, attaining higher production targets on the finishing line can lead to changes and disruptions that hurt the bottom line. Here are 4 ways you can routinely evaluate your finishing line design plan to help maintain your business objectives. 1. ...
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2015 Trends: Color & Cabinetry

Get this year’s top design styles, with a focus on wood. When consumers start asking for it, you will be ready. (Download a PDF of the trends here.)  2015 COLOR OF THE YEAR: CORAL Coral Reef, a vivacious hue, is AcromaPro’s Color of the Year 2015. Upbeat and optimistic, Coral Reef celebrates a time for renewal and is the perfect mélange of pink, orange and red that can be used to liven up any sp...
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Shades of Gray in Cabinetry Finishes

Consumers, retailers and manufacturers ask for it often, but there is a lot of gray area when it comes to getting a gray finish right. The trend shows up primarily in the residential cabinetry industry, and it’s been going strong for about four years. A more opaque driftwood look was first on the scene, where applying a gray glaze and pigment often got the job done. But during the last 18 m...
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2014 Recap: 4 Topics to Promote 2015 Finishing Excellence

The last six months of Accessa’s blog focused on getting your finishing business ready for 2015. Here are eight of the best stories, organized by topic, and summarized for your browsing pleasure. Four of the most important high-level topics any finisher needs. It’s finishing wisdom from the Accessa Coating Solutions blog. Get caught up— begin 2015 with a great finish. Topic 1—STRATEGIC ALLIANCES ...
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