Changes in decorative barrier coating technology have largely affected how they're applied and what they're composed of. Competition has driven suppliers to develop new coatings or improve on existing systems. Awareness of and respect for the environment is also an incentive for change. The industry is trying to reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released into the air and the toxicity of some coatings. Already certain generic types of coatings have been virtually legislated out of existence in some parts of the country. The coatings listed here serve as decorative and protective coatings for concrete. Unless otherwise noted, they should meet the minimum requirements of high-performance architectural coatings (HIPAC) as identified in ASTM D 3730 and ACI 515.

  • Water-based portland cement paints
  • Oil-free urethanes (moisture cure)
  • Acrylics
  • Oil-modified urethanes
  • Catalyzed epoxies
  • Latex emulsions
  • Alkyds
  • Vinyls
  • Phenolics
  • Chlorinated rubber
  • Two-component urethanes
  • Epoxy esters
  • Polyesters