How is it made?
SLUDGE is made through a process of flocculation, separation, pressing, filtration, re-dispersion, production and packaging.
100% of water used in the factory for clean-up processes goes into a waste pit and is then pumped into a storage tank. The water is chemically processed every two weeks by flocculating the wash water. The accumulated solids sink to the bottom of the tank (1). The clear water is then siphoned off and re-introduced into the plumbing system and used for cleaning. The remaining semi-solid material is then pumped into a filter press (2) that compresses it at 9000 psi into what is called press cake. These cakes are then broken up and re-disperse into water to form an aqueous dispersion. The aqueous dispersion is re-filtered and is introduced into thick and thin acrylic paint bases. The resulting SLUDGE is then packaged, labeled and is ready for use.
Breathe it - or paint with it.Tri-Art endeavors to make the most efficient use of its equipment, people and resources while staying in tune with environmental issues. At this point in the company’s development, every effort is being made to re-use and recycle whenever and wherever possible.
The production of acrylic paint generates a significant quantity of wastewater, as all of our equipment and tools are cleaned with water. By producing SLUDGE, we are able to keep 100% of the water used in cleaning out of the local sewage system. This amounts to more than 1500 US gallons per every two-week period.SLUDGE is our most expensive and time-consuming product to process and manufacture; however, by doing so we are keeping our liquid waste out of our water system and our solid waste from being incinerated. We are offering SLUDGE as a commercial paint product so that you can help us in our efforts to be responsible.