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KEIM mineral paints — a Bavarian invention by the scientist Adolf Wilhelm Keim — are liquid silicate paints that becomes a part of the surface to which it is applied and binds the color pigment into it as well.

KEIM became the leading manufacturer of mineral paints providing only the highest quality, research-based paints with application characteristics prized by painters, and long lasting durability demanded by owners.
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Chanel Boutique Store
Renovated into a boutique concept store in 2008, Chanel desired a lasting clean appearance for their brand. After eight years, the 7,200 sq ft facade retains it's clean, natural white appearance free of environmental staining from air pollutants and traffic.

Project required a maintenance-free, clean, appearance in a high traffic environment without disruption to the customer experience with repaints or stucco maintenance for the duration of the lease.

The exterior stucco was resurfaced with KEIM Universalputz Render reinforced with KEIM's woven Glass Fiber Mesh to ensure a crack-free surface for the life of the facade. The Render was treated with KEIM Lime Remover and two coats of KEIM Royalan extreme weather mineral silicate finish in titanium white.

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Grand Central Air Terminal
KEIM was selected as the most compatible coating to both protect the structures from moisture and provide a decorative finish respectful of the historic architecture, especially for the period of significance. The result was a natural mineral finish that not only draws the eye across the beautiful architecture, the beauty is expected to last beyond the next three decades in this dry climate. The restoration included extensive structural stabilization and seismic upgrades and restoration of the exterior and rehabilitation of significant interior spaces so that the building could be adaptively reused. The project was completed in late 2015.

The historic concrete and stucco fabric on the exterior mass masonry walls exhibited cracks from hairline and larger with many historic patches scattered across the coarse-grained façade. The sensitive approach to the renovation was to restore the terminal to its historic appearance. The paint scheme was based upon analysis of the historic colors.

Horizontal surfaces were pretreated with KEIM Silan-100, 100 percent active ingredient silane water repellent, as these surface planes are most exposed for water intrusion. Weathered stucco and precast concrete were pretreated with KEIM Fixativ silicate dilution providing an evenly absorbent coating surface.

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Landmark Inn Hairline Cracking Restored by KEIM
The KEIM Royalan system was chosen as the coating for the exterior of the property. This was the product utilized due to its weather protection and vapor permeability. The KEIM Royalan Grob was used as a first coat in order to fill hairline cracking in the new stucco. READ MORE


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