This guest post was published June 21, 2013
If you’ve never had an opportunity to visit a factory of any kind, I can’t recommend it enough. It is fascinating to witness the almost elegant orchestration of the manufacturing process from start to finish, and the sheer amount of machinery and people involved in bringing even the simplest products to market for us all to purchase. And, of course, the dual subjects of paint and color are of particular interest to me.
The largest “mixing vessels” on the floor hold up to 4,000 gallons of paint. This is where their different products are started and mixed. It’s like a giant KitchenAid stand mixer (mine’s been packed for weeks; I miss it ). Paint only has three general components: pigment, solvent, and additives – with each being formulated and carefully measured based on the type of product, be it a floor paint, acrylic stain, or exterior coating (etc.). It is sort of like “baking a cake,” so I’m told – each product has it’s own recipe. The most costly ingredient? Titanium dioxide. California Paints prides itself on using only the highest grade titanium dioxide, which is a pigment. It came into use in the industry after everyone figured out that white lead was highly toxic. Sad to think about all of those glamorous Victorian ladies using it to powder their noses, too...
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