Chris Hren

Chris Hren
Chris Hren is the Market Specialist for BioStripe®. After graduating Cum Laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law with a focus on corporate and environmental law, Chris joined BioStripe® to work with customers to offer solutions to their sustainability challenges. In his spare time, he enjoys Cleveland sports, traveling, and spending time with his friends and family.
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OEM Coating Surface Preparation Mistakes And How To Fix Them

Posted on Sep 17, 2018 3:18:32 PM by Chris Hren


Any experienced painter will tell you never to paint a dirty surface. The same is true for OEM paint lines. All well-run paint lines begin with sufficient surface preparation. Improper pretreatment will set any line up for failure regardless of applicator experienced or the quality of the coating. Over the 50 years we've been formulating and manufacturing paint, we've come across more than a handful of paint issues that were ultimately traced back to surface preparation.

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How Much Do Industrial Coatings Cost?

Posted on Aug 10, 2018 4:29:21 PM by Chris Hren


There’s nothing more frustrating to supply chain managers and purchasing agents than not knowing how much something costs. With that in mind, here are some factors that contribute to the cost of an industrial coating and the effects they ultimately have on price.

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Parking Lot Maintenance Checklist by Season

Posted on Jan 31, 2018 9:34:06 AM by Chris Hren


Asphalt parking lots are designed to last between 20 and 40 years, but a well-designed preventative parking lot maintenance program can extend your lot well beyond its life expectancy.

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When to Use an Industrial Coatings Custom Formulation I Aexcel

Posted on Jan 9, 2018 9:09:47 AM by Chris Hren


Many OEM paint line operators shy away from using an industrial coatings custom formulation because they associate them with additional expenses. Sometimes, however, a business can’t afford not to use a custom formulated coating on their paint line.

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How to Choose the Right Asphalt Sealcoat I Aexcel

Posted on Dec 27, 2017 10:10:45 AM by Chris Hren


Adding an asphalt sealcoat to your pavement preservation plan will help prolong the life of your asphalt. With dozens of sealcoat products out there, choosing the right sealer for your parking lot or driveway can be difficult. While weighing your options, consider the following factors:

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Is Working with a Toll Paint Producer Really More Expensive?

Posted on Dec 11, 2017 7:57:00 AM by Chris Hren


When facing capacity constraints or dealing with unfamiliar paint chemistries, paint manufacturers often consider utilizing a toll paint producer.

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Sustainable Paint Options I Aexcel

Posted on Nov 20, 2017 9:04:00 AM by Chris Hren


Painters have no shortage of traffic paint options when it’s time to repaint roads, parking lots, and other paved surfaces. With sustainability making its way into the public conscious, organizations and municipalities are looking for more sustainable paint options than traditional solvent or waterborne traffic paints.

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3 Common Problems Toll Paint Manufacturers Can Solve

Posted on Nov 3, 2017 9:52:00 AM by Chris Hren


Producing paint, particularly high-performance OEM coatings, is a resource intensive process riddled with potential issues. To avoid these problems, companies often rely on toll paint manufacturers for their OEM coatings.

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The Best Products for Sealcoating Asphalt

Posted on Oct 26, 2017 2:51:00 PM by Chris Hren


Your organization decided to commit to a planned preventative maintenance program for your asphalt parking lot. This entails crack filling, patching, and sealcoating your asphalt once every couple years to prevent asphalt oxidation and keep your parking lot looking new. You put the project out for bid and receive several quotes, each uses a differnet type of asphalt sealer. A handful call for coal tar sealers, a few plan on using asphalt emulsion-based products, and one calls for BioSealcoat®, a sustainable sealcoat made from soybean oil. Which is the best for sealcoating your asphalt?

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What are the Benefits of Working With a Toll Paint Producer?

Posted on Oct 16, 2017 4:02:00 PM by Chris Hren


Most consumers assume the company whose name appears on a label manufactures the paint. They’re a paint company after all—why wouldn’t they make their own paint? In reality, many companies rely on toll paint producers, third party companies with optimal expertise, equipment, capacity, and other requirements that make them best suited for paint production. Here’s an outline of some factors to consider when deciding on a toll paint producer.

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