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MARINE EPOXY - FLOOR EPOXY PAINT
PROGRESSIVE EPOXY POLYMERS
The Credibility Tour
PROGRESSIVE EPOXY PRODUCTS
Your online source for Marine Epoxy, garage, concrete, slab Epoxy Paints, and resin based Repair Products
Your Host and Tour Guide:
Paul Oman, MS, MBA - Progressive Epoxy Polymers, Inc. (floor epoxies, marine epoxies, underwater epoxies, repair epoxies)
Member: NACE (National Assoc. of Corrosion Engineers), SSPC (Soc. of Protective Coatings)
Board member: Friends of the Suncook River - 501(c)(3) non profit ----- Founder: Friday Night Paddlers .
"Professionals helping Professionals since 1994"
MEMBER: Internet Epoxy Confederation (IEC - CLICK HERE TO VISIT) -- "Where Professionalism Still Matters"
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You would never know it from a Google Search for some epoxy, but the coatings industry and the epoxy part of it (floor epoxies, structural repairs, bridge - dam - water epoxy paint projects) is a very large industrial market niche. Project costs regularly run into the hundreds of thousands, or millions, of dollars. In a serious industry with those kinds of dollars on the line, industry professionals have their own trade magazines, classes and courses, trade associations and insider support/technical help grapevines.
Just like when you look for a doctor, plumber, electrician, airline pilot, or lawyer you want someone with professional credentials. Those folks often post their credentials in their offices, waiting rooms, on the sides of their trucks, or on their web sites. You wouldn't go to a 'self taught' doctor or have your house re-wired by a car salesman that owns a multi-meter. You coating - epoxy needs should be approached with the same level of professionalism.
Your website host, company founder and CEO, Paul Oman is one of the few coating professionals accessible to the homeowner, boat owner and DIY project person. On various online help sites he appears as Professor E. Poxy or "The Old Goat" or the "Epoxy Garu." As noted on the Internet Epoxy Confederation web site (IEC) , Mr. Oman has spotted two internet epoxy vendors (one a US based floor epoxy vendor) and the other an Aust. based epoxy vendor that have freely made use of Mr. Oman's internet based epoxy technical articles without his permission. He is 'expert source' that the 'mass market' paint and epoxy sellers go to in order to make their web sites appear technically knowledgeable.
After working for several years in the offshore Gulf of Mexico and onshore Texas oil industry as a petroleum geologist (he still is an AAPG certified Petroleum Geologist), Mr. Oman began is coatings / epoxy career in the vast Gulf Coast area of the US during the 1980s. From Corpus Christi, through Houston, Galveston, Beaumont, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and onwards to Mobile, the area is packed with refineries, chemical plants, port facilities, onshore and offshore oil and natural gas structures, as well as all the onshore business and community structures like warehouses, factories, schools, bridges and private homes. It is the perfect training ground for learning the ropes and working one's way up the professional coatings industry. During this time Mr. Oman also earned a MS degree in physical science and a MBA degree from the University of Houston/Clear Lake campus. Included in his professional coatings roots is his membership in SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings - an international association for coating professionals. He is also a member of NACE - a corrosion control society. Mr. Oman has been selling epoxy resins for 20 years.
You will not find folks with this level of coatings professionalism attached to the web sites of 98% of epoxy /coating vendors you visit on the web site. If they had such a professionally skilled staff, they would make it very clear on their homepages. Most are salesmen and/or web designers shifting from one 'sales opportunity' to another and selling lower end, 'consumer grade' products at inflated prices.
Nearly all of the products available from PROGRESSIVE EPOXY POLYMERS INC are actual, commercial use, industrial grade and quality epoxies and coatings used in the professional coatings industry. The lower 'industrial prices', lack of slick marketing materials and the lack of high mark-up distributors/agents are indicators of commercial grade products repackaged and re-directed into the homeowner, DIY, consumer market.
COMMERCIAL PROFESSIONAL COATINGS AND EPOXIES MADE AVAILABLE TO THE HOME, DYI AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITIES IN SUITABLE SMALLER PACKAGING.
INDUSTRIAL FLOOR EPOXY (tm) - this no frills, solvent free, high end floor epoxy was initially packed in 15 gal units and is still used by industrial floor contractors across the USA. It is now repackaged into 1.5 gal kits for ordinary consumers. Whether you have a 50,000 square foot warehouse, or a 2 car garage in the middle America, this is a epoxy floor paint you should consider. Find Industrial Floor epoxy in this product catalog.
BASIC NO BLUSH MARINE EPOXY (tm) - Most marine epoxy vendors sell marine epoxies that show amine blushing because it is cheaper to make. And except for a few extremely over priced marine epoxy brands, the 'discount' marine epoxy vendors simply pour out raw resins and curing agents from drums sold by the major chemical companies. These folks are simple repackagers. Basic No Blush, and the 'high end vendor's' marine epoxies, start with the raw chemical company stock but then formulate the product for the special needs of the marine / boat marketplace (see How To Evaluate Your Marine Epoxy). Unless you use Basic No Blush epoxy, you'll pay shockingly high prices for these professionally formulated marine epoxies. This epoxy is also used for resealing outdoor pebble stone decks around homes and pools.
ALUTHANE (tm) - Aluthane is a aluminum filled moisture cured urethane (it is not an epoxy). Moisture cured urethanes (MCU coatings) like Aluthane , are amazing coatings that are virtually unknown in the consumer marketplace.
These example products listed above are available from the third party King Cart storefront accessed by clicking here .
We also maintain a more simple web site - EpoxyUSA.com .
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Epoxy Vendor Test
I often suggest to folks that a good test of your proposed online epoxy vendor is to send them an email and see when and if they reply to it. That tells you a lot about them before you give them your business and money. You can email them at any time, but something like a Friday afternoon at 3 PM is a really good test time. Will they answer before Monday (or at all)? Ask them for a link to the MSDS of a particular product, or ask for what is the smallest size that product X comes in (thus suggesting you are a one time customer wanting to make a tiny purchase). You could ask then you would receive their product X if you order it on Tuesday - (be sure to include where you live and how much product you are interested in - like 1.5 gallons and not 150 gallons. We get lots of emails where the person forgets to tell us where they live).
Progressive Epoxy Polymers, Inc founder PAUL OMAN
(taken at Seabrook Sailing Club - Seabrook TX -- 1990s)
Dear Progressive Epoxy Polymers Incorporated: (June 2013)
There is a very strong reason for doing business with you and the story goes like this. This reason is not on your web site.
In the supplier direct consumer business .... your business, there is a relationship that must be considered fully by both parties. This relationship is one of mutual dependence.
We the consumer are dependent on you for good pricing... not the best. Ready availability of high quality products. Great technical service... the best I know of. It is this relationship of mutual dependence that needs to be acknowledged by your customers.
You are holding up your end of the bargain. The individual consumer who uses your service needs to explicitly acknowledge this mutual dependence.
Why? ALL the major finish suppliers refuse to deal with me the individual consumer. They just can't be bothered with us little guys. You can be bothered and have formed your business rules around this customer service relationship.
It MIGHT be different if I were buying a $ millions in coating per year. But I am not and will not ever do that. So how can I expect them to do business with me?
Why shouldn't I do business with another place similar to yours on the internet? Simple: In every consumer business relationship there is MUTUAL dependence. I depend on you being there for me next year when I need another quart of epoxy paint. I don't want the lowest price on the internet. I want you to be there because I don't want to have the hassle of buying all my epoxy from China, getting shoddy service and products to boot.
Got IT? We have this mutual dependence and I like it that way. I hope you do too.
"Thanks, Paul. You know what your downfall is??? You have
such great customer
service nobody wants to use another company!!" -- Glenn 9/09
Subject: RE: Water proofing
Date: Mon, 15 July
From: "Lee" <xx@xxxxxx>
To: "'Paul Oman'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Just to let you know that the epoxy paint arrived today. It was a pleasure doing business with a company that is prepared go the extra yard to sell their product, even for such a small order. Thanks again for all you help and patience --- Lee
Dec 2008 from Doug: "The following is my opinion of a
good company. My affiliation is as a DIY end user. No recompense, no funny business: I've been refurbishing our
1973 ketch and have done some epoxy work in that process. I've never worked with epoxy before this. I talked to
several local glass workers and researched on line to learn a bit about epoxy. I searched for different vendors
and their prices. I settled on a place in New Hampshire called Progressive Epoxy Polymers. (http://www.epoxyproducts.com/main.html)
My first thought was, what a mess of a web site. I found it very confusing. Since I first came upon it, there have been improvements made to make it more "user friendly". Aside from that, the site is most informative to this beginning DIY'r. I was won over by the explanations, descriptions of chemistries, MSDS's , suggested usages, and personal responsiveness of the owner and his wife. I did a calculation of prices per ounce, approximating the match of the different brand's products. I realize that there is no way I can say I'm comparing the same chemistry of different brands. Nevertheless, Progressive Epoxy prices remain the best I have found.
I've used the Premium No Blush (~15 gallons), Low-V (~2 gal), a putty with kevlar, and some elastomeric stuff. In addition I've used the fumed silica, micro balloons, ez-thick, chopped glass & milled glass.
Progressive Epoxy Polymers is my epoxy resin source, I recommend them."
EMAIL - 7/22/13
WOW I have never heard of a company that told me to NOT use their product. If any one questions your
integrity post this response!
Thanks for your honesty. Barb
Subject: Re: Hello I have an EPOXY/COATING question
Thanks a bunch, I almost gathered that from your site but wanted a knowledgeable second opinion. Thank you again for the timely response, quite possibly the fastest response to any question I have posed online! EVER! Bravo to Frog Pond Hollow and the epoxy king Paul Oman. Thank you! I will buy these products and give it a go.
I'd also like to say I appreciate the willingness to suggest a product even though it MIGHT not work. I can't tell you how many times I've had to feed somebody I'm asking a question a perfect disclaimer, or had to word the question just exactly right to get an answer that falls anywhere out of bounds of the official product offering. Probably seemed like nothing but you just showed me that your company is smart, probably well managed, forward thinking, on the ball, and willing to adapt in an instant to a customer request. I have no idea how big you are but I would imagine you have a long growing and prosperous future before you.
thank you. Justin
I've never written a review of an Internet company, but I have to
about epoxyUSA.com / epoxyproducts.com mainly because of the outstanding customer service they gave me.
It started as normal, I searched the web looking for an epoxy to fix an old fiberglass over concrete pool. After hours looking I came across epoxyUSA.com / epoxyproducts.com and they had what I was looking for. I ordered it and it was to get here by Tuesday of the next week, since it was coming from the east to west coast.
Tuesday came without a delivery, I emailed them (email@example.com) and they took it from there, working with UPS. Good thing too, because UPS did not respond to any of my requests in the matter.
EpoxyUSA.com / epoxyproducts.com, knowing I was desperately in need of the epoxy had sent me two more gallons for replacement.
We found the original order at the neighbors house (they don't use their front door). I used the epoxy (Wet Dry 700) and was amazed at how good it
was, so I bought the two extra kits and I'm sure I will get good use out of them.
EpoxyUSA.com / epoxyproducts.com is the only place I will buy epoxy from.
Thanks Frank 11/2011
Subject: RE: epoxy and leaks
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 10:28:30 -0800
From: "Terry" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I really like working with you. I think your firm is top notch with the
technical consulting you do and the personalize nature of such.
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BIG list of internet links for: FLOOR EPOXY PAINTS - GARAGE FLOOR COATINGS
BIG list of internet links for: EPOXY BOAT BUILDING - REPAIR - MARINE EPOXIES - BLISTER FIXES - BARRIER COATS
BIG list of internet links for: EPOXY REPAIRS - ROT - LEAKS - PIPE REPAIR - UNDERWATER REPAIRS
BIG list of internet links for: EPOXY BASICS - GETTING STARTED WITH EPOXIES - EPOXY 101
MARINE CATALOG LINKS
1) Our marine/boating epoxy site (www.epoxyproducts.com/marine.html) which then links to:***********
Section One MARINE - CLEAR EPOXIES sometimes called 'goo' ***********
Section Two FILLERS THICKENERS ADDITIVES ***********
Section Three THICKENED EPOXIES - EPOXY PUTTIES - sometimes called 'goo', ETC. ***********
Section Four EPOXY PAINTS (barrier coats) ***********
Section Five URETHANES AND NON-EPOXY COATINGS
Section Six NON-SKID DECK COATINGS ***********
Section Seven MARINE REPAIR (fiberglass cloth etc) PRODUCTS ***********
Section Eight MISC. MARINE PRODUCTS ***********
HOME - INDUSTRIAL (NON MARINE)
Our industrial/commercial/home site (www.epoxyproducts.com/main.html) IF YOU ARE NOT DOING A BOAT RELATED PROJECT, START HERE WITH THIS LINK.
Section A EPOXY PAINTS ***********
Section B FLOOR EPOXIES (regular and non-skid products), SEALERS, ACCESSORIES ***********
Section C THICKENED EPOXIES - EPOXY PUTTIES (sometimes called 'goo'), ETC.
Section D CLEAR EPOXIES - CLEAR COATINGS ***********
Section E NON-EPOXY PAINTS COATINGS SEALERS ***********
Section F MIX-IN ADDITIVES ***********
Section G OTHER PRODUCTS ***********
Section H SURFACE PREPARATION PRODUCTS ***********
Section IMISC (rollers, brushes, pumps) ***********
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"Paul, you have outstanding products. Every product has out performed the highly advertised units I purchased elsewhere for past projects. Thank you." (Dick - email 11/10/13 to Progressive Epoxy Polymers, Inc. -- epoxyproducts.com -- attn: Paul Oman)
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