Wipe the galvanized surface down with white vinegar.

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Safe way to cleanWhen coating new galvanized metal substrates make sure that the surface is properly prepped.  Here is one way: Go over the metal with a wire brush to remove any oxidation. Wipe the galvanized surface down with white vinegar. The vinegar is a mild acid which acts to etch the galvanized coating so the paint will stick. Prime the surface with a primer made for metal.  Do not use alkyd base primers or topcoats direct to a galvanized surface.  Prime with Forrest’s 95-J-100 water base primer and topcoat with Forrest’s 4300 or 3300 100% acrylic topcoat.

Fiber cement siding FYI

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Cement fiber sidingQuality fiber cement siding products. … When using these products it is very important to know you must follow the manufacturer instruction, because warranty rules are strictly enforced and you can invalidate it very easily. The use of any solvent base primer or topcoat on Hardy Plank types of siding products will void most manufacturers’ warranties.  http://forrestpaint.com/.  Read the instruction carefully.

Powder instructions for Poor film build – Too Thin

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Forrest powder paintPoor Film Build, Too Thin:

  1. Marginalized ground

Recheck electrical continuity for the conveyer

Equipment suppliers have a resistance ohms limit for the line. Confirm you are below that limit high resistance gives the gun a varying voltage from beginning to end of spray

Poor ground shows up often as a pattern of poorly coated area on parts. Without proper ground parts build up charge so the effective charge of the gun is reduced.

  1. Use clean hooks with sharp contact to the part

Scrape clean as needed

High resistance

  1. No unused hooks through the spray booth

Coating unused hooks eliminates the ground by insulating the contact points

Improper Gun Settings for parts when spraying Powder

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Forrest powder paintImproper Gun Settings for parts:

  1. Powder Concentration too High

Reduce Powder Volume settings

The Gun charges the air in a corona between the gun tip and the grounded part. That corona in turn charges the powder. If the powder volume is excessive there in not the opportunity for the powder to get properly charged

  1. Air Volume too High

Slow down the Powder Delivery Velocity

Powder can be blown past the part before the electrostatic charge can take effect

  1. Air Moisture Level too High

Control the Spray room environment

Excessive moisture draws the charge out of the corona so the effect is like having too much powder or lowered voltage at the gun tip

  1. Control the plant air supply moisture level


Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Our goal is to remain an environmentally conscious company, committed to manufacturing premium quality products.  We are based in Eugene, Oregon with our manufacturing plant and a contractor outlet.  We are certified dealers of FORREST Industrial coatings, PPG Industrial products ,  Jotun International products, and Imperial Paint products.

Working together at ForrestOutlet Locations:

990 McKinley Street – Eugene, Oregon 541-868-1222

2526 Northwest Yeon Ave – Portland, Oregon 503-228-0207

1741 South Central Ave – Kent, Washington  253-854-6372

3808 North Sullivan Road, Bldg. N-17 – Spokane, Washington 509-924-3785


Manufacturing Plant:

1011 McKinley Street – Eugene, Oregon 541-342-1821

Stove Bright® on display

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

stove bright swagThe Stove Bright® brand is the flag ship brand for FORREST Technical Coatings

Powder poor film, too thick instructions

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Forrest powder paintPoor Film Build, Too Thick:

  1. Excessive film build , uneven

Reduce Voltage

Set voltage down 20% from normal settings

Excess Voltage causes the electrostatic properties of Ferriday cage and the opposite to overcome the applicators attempt to control the film build

  1. Increase gun to part distance

Maintain 8 inches between gun and parts closer guns leave pattern spray and overpower electrostatic support

  1. Reduce powder cloud density

Set feed powder volume lower

High cloud density leads to high corona charge and low powder voltage charge. The worst combination for faraday charge areas.

  1. Reduce Powder Air velocity

Turn powder support or conveying air down

High conveying air can blow powder away from inside corners

  1. Control external air movement

Block baffle or enclose the spray area from external air movement

Transient air movement will make the part uneven with thinnest areas on the windward thickest the lee of air movement

Stove Bright® wins an award at the HPAEXPO 2017

Friday, March 10th, 2017

The FORREST team at the HPBA Hearth Trade Show 2017. Team Forrest FORREST won an award for 35 years at the trade show.FORREST Trade show 2017 award

New Powder Clean labs at FORREST

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Scott & Ceil Forrest on TourTour of the new Powder Labs, Phase 1 of 3 to upgrade the department’s work area and production.  Great Job guys.

About 1980 we built the aerosol building and installed the aerosol filling line.  This was a major investment that required committing and prioritizing resources to open a new line of business.  To accommodate greater need for space, we built phase one of the back warehouse (raw materials) in 1985 and followed that with phase two (finished goods shipping) in 1990.  In 1995, we built the “new” Eugene store and original powder facility.  Around 2000, we added on to that facility for additional powder warehousing and also completely renovated water based paint making with new mezzanines and equipment to increase production capacity and efficiency.  In 2005, we started planning an extensive new building at the 990 McKinley site, and (in retrospect) wisely decided the timing was not good for such a major investment on the eve of the great recession.  Instead, we were able to purchase the Broadway annex in 2012 and connected that to our liquid production facility to create a new dedicated receiving warehouse.


Ribbon Cutting Phase 1 completion

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Forrest Powder upgradeFORREST Technical Coatings first ribbon-cutting event in its history.  We have had many remodel upgrades over the years, but not to the extent of the remodel of our Powder facility.  This represents the completion of stage 1 of 3 stages.  We are not adding to the building square footage, just redesigning the use of the current areas.  The remodeled area houses a new clean area for the Powder chemists.  This should fine-tune the research and development process.  Great job, to all that have worked on the project.