Frigmaires solvent based plant produces
paints, coatings, stains, and surface treating products
at a rate of about 1.1 million gal/yr. This paint manufacturing
plants operations primarily involve blending and mixing
of raw materials, product testing and packaging and
cleaning of vessels and lines. Color separation of the
product is done to befit customer specifications.
Water-based and solvent-based paints
are mixed in different tanks from 200- to 1000-gal capacity.
The material used in water-based paints include water,
latex, resins, extenders, and dispersed pigments. For
solvent-based paints, the materials are generally similar
in type, but solvent replaces water and latex. Other
ingredients used in this base include plasticizers,
tints, and thinners.
After batches are made up, they are
transferred to the let-down tanks. Additional water
(or solvent), resins, preservatives, anti-foaming agents,
thinners, and bactericides are added thereafter in the
tanks. Batch testing encompasses checking color, viscosity
and gloss. The material are then filtered and charged
to cans for labeling, packaging, and shipping.