How Do We Make Multi-Colored Shelters?

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Hi, I’m Tracy Switzer, President of Shelter Works. Today, I’m going to answer the question, “How do we do multi-colored shelters?”

Most of our shelters are single color, like this green building behind me here. But occasionally, we get asked to do something unique — custom. What you see here is an orange and white checked building. You might recognize that pattern. You’ll see it around airports all over the country. That’s a requirement. Anywhere within so many hundred feet of an airstrip, there has to be orange and white checkered buildings, so they’ll be very visible to the pilots.

In today’s video, I’m going to walk you through the process of how do we get the color into the building. This is the finished part. The orange and white have been applied into the mold. They are not painted on the part after the fact. That’s why you can’t feel the line between the two colors at all. It didn’t happen afterwards.

So here’s the process. This part came out of this mold earlier today. When we went to make the part, we masked off one quarter of the roof in this corner, and one quarter of the roof in that corner, and sprayed the opposite corners with white gel coat. Afterwards, we peeled off that masking paper, and sprayed the two remaining corners with orange gel coat. And then we start building the part up from there — adding fiberglass, the foam insulating core, and the structural plywood needed to be added for this job.

When the part comes out of the mold, the gel coat comes out with the part. It’s now chemically bonded to the fiberglass materials, which means there’s no chipping, flaking, peeling, or cracking. Really, it means there’s no maintenance for you.

In the time lapse footage you’re about to see, you’ll see our technicians masking off half of the mold, spraying one color, peeling off the masking materials, and spraying the other color. It’s a pretty interesting process.

Wow. I wish our guys always worked that fast. But nevertheless, you can see the process, how it’s done. It’s a meticulous process, but we are meticulous about our work here.

Remember, if it was built by Shelter Works, it was built for life.