NineSigma, representing a Global Consumer Coatings Company, invites proposals for materials and coatings formulations that behave as both a pre-treatment for minor defects, and as a primer base for a topcoat, in an interior wall paint.
The ideal solution would allow for a consumer-grade paint product to repair and smooth shallow scratches, nail holes, and other minor defects in an interior wall surface without having to apply a skim coat, spackling, or other pre-coating treatment.
The client is interested in approaches that allow for a product that can be brushed or rolled onto the wall surface, or otherwise applied using standard consumer-based painting implements (e.g. the resulting formulation will not require professional-grade or special application mechanisms).
The solution should also smooth out patchy, inconsistent light texture. Final finish after application should be a smooth (highly preferred) or very slightly textured (less preferred) uniform surface and require no post application treatment such as trowel finishing or sanding.
The repaired surface should be white or near-white and provide a primer base for top coating using common acrylic/latex paints. Light stain blocking of underlying household stains is a plus.
Solution providers should expect that typical cleaning preparation required for priming interior walls has been carried out by the DIY homeowner. The end-user has cleaned the damaged wall and it is free of dust, grease, wax, peeling paint, mold, mildew and wallpaper paste. If cleaning was executed, a non-soapy detergent or a TSP substitute was used, and the wall was rinsed well and allowed to dry. In addition, all loose paint and debris has been removed from the surface. If the starting surface was glossy, the user scuff-sanded and cleaned the surface prior to the application of the product.