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Other articles in this issue:
Venetian Plaster: A Second Look
Trompe L'oeil
Concrete Staining
Mold & Mildew Prevention
The Art of Perspective
Structural Steel : Estimating Etc.
Contractor Profile: John Athey
Product Review: Wood Care
Paint Industry News
Paint Industry Spotlight
Paint Product News
Painting Tips



PaintPRO Archives — Product Profiles

Anti-Growth from Glessner Sales Inc.
Every once in awhile, a product comes along that is truly in a class by itself. Anti-Growth, touted to be the most technically advanced algacide/fungicide product on the market today, falls into this category.

Whereas there’s an assortment of cleaners and disinfectants whose sole purpose is to get rid of mold, mildew and algae — with regular household cleaners leading the pack — Anti-Growth is the only product designed to prevent and control the return of fungal and algal infection, says Jim Glessner Sr., president of Glessner Sales Inc., the company that developed the product.

“Basically, we’ve taken one of those disinfectants that other people use to kill spores and encapsulated it into a holding vehicle to create a long-lasting surface film,” Glessner explains. Specifically, clear-drying Anti-Growth consists of DDAC (that’s short for Didecyl Dimethyl Ammonium Chloride), a proven safe fungicide, that is combined with an inert latex to create a product with superior efficacy. “Simply stated, the latex acts like a ‘cello-wrap’ on a variety of surfaces to keep the active ingredient from being washed away by the elements.”

In a nutshell, he adds, “It does what other products do but it keeps on doing it for a long time, up to two years in certain environments,” but at least for six months before a reapplication is required. Generally, it will protect a porous (e.g., concrete, plaster, brick, wood or canvas) or horizontal surface longer than a dense (e.g., vinyl, ceramic or metal) or vertical surface. One coat usually does the trick for both interior and exterior applications.

“The more you can deliver, the better it’ll do,” he points out. “You should try to get as much into the surface as you can for the best results.” But, he cautions, not so much that it puddles.

Before you apply the coating, the surface should be cleaned or pressure washed. “Anti-Growth will clean on contact,” Glessner explains, “but if it’s used as a disinfectant it’ll use up all its energy and there will be nothing left to offer long-term protection.” To be most effective, the clean surface also should be dry not damp.

As with any corrosive, Anti-Growth should be mixed and applied where there is adequate ventilation. Also, protective clothing and glasses should be worn.
Although Anti-Growth won’t kill plants or shrubs, it can brown the foliage. To be on the safe side, Glessner recommends covering the plants with a ground cloth or spraying them with water before and after applying.

The concentrated coating, which is mixed with water, costs pennies per square foot of coverage. It can be brushed, rolled, sprayed, sponged or ragged on, depending on the surface. Although it can be applied on everything from roofs, floors and siding to decks, basements and bathing areas where there is continual moisture, it wasn’t designed to be used in underwater environments, such as swimming pools or hot tubs.

For added protection, Glessner says Anti-Growth can be applied over paint or stain, even those that contain a mildewcide. “It also can be applied prior to painting or staining to protect the surface under the paint against mold and tannin bleed from the wood,” he notes, which is especially useful on log homes.

Anti-Growth, which can be used for both residential and commercial projects, has been on the market for two years. It’s enjoyed successful results across the country at such places as Disney World and in various commercial green houses, and has been found to be extremely effective for water-damage restoration jobs and as a long-term protector against toxic mold. For more information or to find the dealer nearest you, contact Camden Products, a Glessner Sales affiliate in Camden, North Carolina, at (888) 260-4080 or visit the Camden Products Web site. The product should be available in the near future at paint stores nationwide.


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