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Old 10-05-2010, 10:52 AM   #1
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This product is awesome. Supposedly sticks to ceramic tile. I can say it sticks to finished wood after sanding without any priming. Two coats with the black and everyone was happy. Covers well and lays down well.

We used it in a restaurant refinish and will use it again.

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are you talking about the product Breakthrough by Vanix?

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maybe - PPG bought the company that makes this product at least according to my PPG/Porter rep. It is some pretty good stuff, we were very impressed.
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First I have heard about them being bought out. What is PPG? Also is this what your talking about?

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Yes and the label looks almost the same. That is a pretty good product, so far I am impressed.
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We've used it on 3 sets of kitchen cabinets and like it. Breakthrough has seemed to achieved the holy grail of hardness and flexibility which is great for cabinet doors that aren't always glued together well. My PPG rep said someone he knows paints his shoes with it!
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We've used it on 3 sets of kitchen cabinets and like it. Breakthrough has seemed to achieved the holy grail of hardness and flexibility which is great for cabinet doors that aren't always glued together well. My PPG rep said someone he knows paints his shoes with it!
At our WSC PDCA convention the ppg guys (miller actually) brought a basketball painted in it. Super flexible.
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I used it to do the basket ball layout on a resiliant gym floor at my daughter's middle school.Sticks to anything.Vanex, the orginal company before the ppg buyout,made a real good oil base bonding primer as well.Don't know about it currently.
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So I have no idea when Vanex came out with breakthrough, and when Ppg bought them out, and I have no idea when insl-x came out with cabinet coat, but again I think it's been quite a while. So why are these still taking a lot of the limelight when it comes to coatings that perform well and are on the top of a lot of the lists? Shouldn't we be seeing the kinds of progress that the IT field shows and get coatings which double in performance every year? At least every 5 years?!
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I don't know when Breakthrough came out exactly but I painted some potato storage buildings with it back in the late 80's.PPG bought them four years or so ago I think.
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So I have no idea when Vanex came out with breakthrough, and when Ppg bought them out, and I have no idea when insl-x came out with cabinet coat, but again I think it's been quite a while. So why are these still taking a lot of the limelight when it comes to coatings that perform well and are on the top of a lot of the lists? Shouldn't we be seeing the kinds of progress that the IT field shows and get coatings which double in performance every year? At least every 5 years?!
LOL. Yea it seems we only get advancements when people start developing tics or trees shrivel up. From lead to latex with mercury to high VOC to low VOC to NO VOC. Im certainly a fan of the no lead and mercury. but...

I cant wait to use this. Im picking up a gallon tomorrow and using it on my front door just to test it out. Maybe my rep will demo the gallon. I feel like a kid with a new toy!

PS The PPG tech guy told me that Breakthrough was using some of the same solvents that 409 uses to clean. He said nothing will clean my brushes like 409 after using Breakthrough.
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Great product, used it a number of times and am impressed. Painted the interior cabinets at a dentist office in white last summer and they still look in great shape.
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Im considering this product for exterior front doors.
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I wish they sold it in a semi-gloss. It get's expensive having to box a satin and a gloss together. Satin is not enough sheen for kitchen cabinets in my opinion. (and gloss is too much)
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I wish they sold it in a semi-gloss. It get's expensive having to box a satin and a gloss together. Satin is not enough sheen for kitchen cabinets in my opinion. (and gloss is too much)
Is the satin not washable enough or you just don't like the low sheen? I
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Is the satin not washable enough or you just don't like the low sheen? I
Most of my clients prefer semi-gloss.

I'd love to use satin because it's easier to work with...The imperfections don't show up as much as when using SG...S Gloss does hold up better as well.
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Just used 8 gallons recently. Mixed bag for me. Talk about an ultra thin product. Prone to micro spatter with brush work. Amazing blocking ability. Could shoot doors and by the time I was on the 6th door standing vertically on 90 door straps, I could come back and carry the first door and not leave finger imprints. Also, direcly over lacquer work with no adhesion primer this product performed beautifully. I love the ability to skip a step.

Downside. Super thin. Hide was imperfect with brushwork.
Second downside, making a semigloss is less than perfect science with combining gallons. I only boxed one to one versus batching all eight. In hind sight, i am glad i did. The satin and gloss do not stay blended well for that long. I caught a lot of dull door jambs that had already recieved two full coats. Most guys don't consider constantly restirring paint pots every so often. I walked the job and cringed at some of the later door frames from some paint pots that had not been stirred a half hour into applications.

As far as hardness is concerned, its a tough, tight product. I covered a high gloss oil door without sanding as a lithmus test. Stuck like white on rice on a cross hatched tape test. Also wanted to try after wiping another oil door with mineral spirits (improper prep but that's what I wanted to try intentionally) and it failed miserably. Cannot handle the petroleum solvent residue. Granted this is an area of sheer operator error and misprep, but i wanted to mirror oil and grease contamination found in typical kitchen cabinets. Still need to clean correctly for proper adhesion.

Results, its a mixed bag. In the right setting it is pretty phenomenal stuff. It also has some serious downsides. My personal pet peeve was how thin it was. The builders paper had so many fine dropplets on it it was frustrating, what if with a brush stroke you flupped it onto a red wall and didn't notice? Not cool. As long as you understand its characteristics it is not a deal killer for me. I liked how it sprayed, but it dries FAST, I don't know how that would translate to dry spray in confined areas.


Just felt like sharing my experiences so that hopefully others can have a benchmark to go off of. I'm definitely no expert with this product but hopefully this review will be somewhat helpful.
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The doors airless with ff410. I was going to use a 411 but my tip was holed out and I was 45 miles out in the country. I anticipated dry spray but it stayed wet enough to flow.

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