Indu-Kote Systems Inc. Newsletter

Summer 2011 Newsletter

Bryan McIntoshWelcome to Indu-Kote System's quarterly newsletter. Each quarter, we feature an industrial or commercial coating project completed by IKS. This quarter, we present a stripping and refinishing project for an aluminum trellis.

- Bryan McIntosh, President

"Painting is just another way of keeping
   a diary."
 — Pablo Picasso

Project: 550 Wellington Ave West - Public Art Trellis Pavilion
Client: Soheil Mosun Limited
Type of work: Stripping and refinishing aluminum trellis


Failing coating on a public art/dining area structure.


The structure — designed both as a public art piece and an outdoor dining area for the restaurant Scarpetta — was originally factory powder-coated but the coating began delaminating shortly after installation. It was in a high-profile, high-traffic public area, adjacent to a street and parking lot on one side and a restaurant and reflecting pond on the other.


The following specification was developed:

  • Protection - Provide a 16' high shrouded enclosure to protect parked cars, adjacent buildings and pedestrians.

  • Preparation - Remove all of the existing coating back to the original substrate using Devstrip 501 — an environmentally friendly stripper that does not contain methylene chloride, caustics or NMP and is water soluble and biodegradable. The trellis would then be cleaned and neutralized by a high-pressure power wash.

  • Primer Coat - Spray application of Sherwin Williams' DTM Wash Primer — a low VOC, water based wash primer, free of heavy metals and mineral acids. This primer is designed to be applied over aluminum and galvanizing, or used as a tie-coat over zinc-rich primers. The important feature of this primer is that it accepts high-performance "hot" solvent topcoats directly, such as epoxies and urethanes.

  • Finish Coats - A two-coat electrostatic application of Tnemec Series 175 Endura-Shield Acrylic Aliphatic Polyurethane — a coating highly resistant to abrasion, wet conditions, corrosive fumes, chemical contact and exterior weathering. This coating is manufactured with an eggshell sheen to match the original architectural design.


  • Aesthetics - A low-luster black finish is achieved with this high-performance polyurethane coating.

  • Durability - The polyurethane coating provides superior resistance to weathering.

  • Low environmental impact - The Devstrip 501 was the right tool for this project given the location and presence of both a reflecting pool and young saplings.

Project Gallery



Email your coating questions to us. If we can't answer them immediately, we will research the answers through our network of industry experts and professional journals.

Contact Us

Indu-Kote Systems Inc.
85 Ferrier Street, Unit 13
Markham, Ontario L3R 2Y9
t: 905.475.6454 / 1.866.905.6454
f: 905.475.9743