Spotlight on James – our Painthouse chemist

11 September 2018


1.      What did you want to be when you were a child? 

A scientist. I wanted to know how things were made and wanted to make something myself.

2.      How did you get in to chemistry? 

 At school I had a good teacher who made the subject fun and interesting. I was also given a chemistry set for Christmas which was fun making things go bang!

 3.    What is your chemistry background? (Education etc)

 Newcastle University BSc, Brunel University PhD.    

4.     What is it about chemistry that you love?

It’s relatively easy to understand and helps make sense of the world around us. What should work in theory tends to be borne out in practice which means more often than not the properties of products can be manipulated as desired.  

 5.     How long have you worked for Polyseam Ltd? 

 I have worked with Polyseam for 6 years.

6.      What have been your biggest achievements in chemistry so far? 

Developing Painthouse paint, Protecta Interior Paint FR-1, Protecta Service Coating FR-1, Protecta Fire Damper, Protecta FR Collar and
Protecta FR Graphite Plate. 

7.      What do you think your biggest achievements at Polyseam Ltd. have been so far? 

Developing Painthouse paint, since it was the most technically challenging project I’ve had to complete so far.     

8.      What have been your biggest challenges at Polyseam Ltd? 

 All of the projects I’ve been involved in have been difficult to resolve technically but Polyseam Ltd. has a range of people with excellent skills that come together to make sure all the challenges are overcome.           

9.      What goes in to developing Painthouse paint?

The know-how of an experienced team, research to find the best raw materials for the product and a lot of effort to blend them together into the formulation we want, which is non toxic and environmentally friendly.        

10.  What are the most important things to consider when developing Painthouse paint? 

That the paint was to contain no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) that can harm health and damage the environment, it was to be child safe (toxin free) and be available in a broad range of colours including deep and bright shades.         

11.  What are the biggest challenges when developing Painthouse paint? 

 The biggest challenge when developing Painthouse paint was to make sure all the requirements for the paint were met without compromising any aspect of the paint’s performance. 

12.  How important is making Painthouse Paint toxin free and why? 

 With concerns for the effect of man-made products on people’s health and the environment, it is important that Painthouse is toxin free and emits no solvents into the atmosphere. The paint is non-hazardous and when dry is child safe. It won’t give rise to dizziness and nausea that can occur with conventional house paints. It will also have little/no effect on the environment.

13.  What goes in to developing Painthouse FIRE RETARDANT paint? 

 Special fire retardant additives, known as intumescent additives, are used to make the Painthouse Fire Retardant paint. They stop flame spreading across the paint by charring instead of burning when contacted by fire. This helps to contain a fire in an area of a room or corridor, giving people more time to escape.  

14.  What are the most important things to consider when developing Painthouse FIRE RETARDANT paint?

Selecting the ingredients and blending them together in such a way that the product is fire retardant and resists the spread of flame but also behaves essentially like a conventional     

15.  What are the biggest challenges when developing Painthouse FIRE RETARDANT paint? 

The biggest challenge was finding fire retardants that were non-hazardous and safe to the consumer, but when used in combination together gave the paint its fire protective properties.  

 16.  Where do you think the future of paint lies?

The future lies with paints like Painthouse that are safe for the consumer to use, have little/no impact on the environment and still give a colourful product that protects and brightens people’s homes.   

17.   What developments in paint would you like to see happening in the future? 

I’d like to see a broader range of colours available in Painthouse.

18.  Which is your favourite Painthouse colour combo?

Wyatt and Reggie           

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