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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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Battery Parking Garage
Battery Parking Garage, was the first garage built by a public agency and finished in 1950. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan, the facade is subjected to severe weather and deterioration from salts and pollution.

Aged concrete was seriously degraded and required extensive restoration. Intensive water penetration and spalling conditions had caused steel structural rebar to corrode and become exposed to the elements.

A mineral finish was chosen, and applied in combination with a silane water repellent to provide the concrete structure with long-term protection from water penetration and weathering.

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Corbin Building
Location:New York, NY
Challenges: The terra cotta was cleaned chemically — but still showed salts residues. The KEIM program included the requirement of salts remediation. Matching original color of terra-cotta was very important for the historic restoration.
Solutions: Salts remediation requirement. Calibrating the color and the appearance of the terra-cotta to meet historic appearance. Multiple color samples were required prior to approval.

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New construction in Harlem getting surface treatment by KEIM
City Realty
New construction in New York's East Harlem is taking shape and getting a surface treatment of KEIM Silan 100 Water Repellent followed immediately by KEIM Concretal Pigmented Mineral Stain diluted 1:8 with Concretal Fixative/Dilution. The exposed concrete will have a more uniform final appearance, but retain its natural texture and raw patina. And the concrete is completely waterproof. We can't wait until this one is finished! READ MORE


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  History's most notorious unfinished buildings
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  Ace Hardware selects 2019 color of the year
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Ace Hardware recently selected Pineapple Cream Granita as the official 2019 Clark + Kensington color of the year. The chosen shade, a light and airy yellow, was the first color to ever be mixed, created and named solely by an Ace consumer during the Color of the Year contest, executed earlier this year in an effort to inspire and encourage consumers to create colors they would like to see in their homes. READ MORE

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