The Problem Solver: Bob Black and Great Barrier Systems
Black is a native New Yorker and a retired high school chemistry teacher who taught at the prestigious Brooklyn Technical High School for 28 years. He has been featured in The New York Times, AIA Magazine, “Good Morning America,” “Dateline,” The Discovery Channel and Forbes. He is the founder and president of Great Barrier Systems, the Chicago-based company that commercializes his technologies. “Our company is dedicated to making our cities cleaner and graffiti-free. Our mission is to clean the environment without harming it. Our graffiti-preventive coatings and graffiti removers are non-hazardous, non-toxic, and biodegradable,” he says.
“I have never met such a talented inventor, who analyzes and solves everyday problems like Bob,”says Great Barrier Systems CEO Yehuda Cohen. “Give him an industry problem that can be solved with chemistry and watch him go!” Black’s patent attorney, Gerald Schur of Welsh & Katz, agrees: “Bob has more inventions than the R&D departments of many of my corporate clients.”
“There is nothing on the market that is remotely as good,” says Charles Ford, chief executive of All Surface Protection in Sydney, Australia, the firm that used G-PRO for the Sydney Olympics. Ford distributes G-PRO in Australia and says business is booming.
His patented G-PRIMER™ product is a new type of primer technology for the residential and commercial paint industry. “You can use our G-PRIMER technology for many purposes,” says Black. “It will heal and restore cracked and flaking paint. You can use it as a primer between latex and alkyd paint. You can use it to prime over high chalk surfaces. It is also a superior waterproofing primer. I have used it on the bottom of my powerboat as a primer between the gel-coat and the anti-fouling bottom paint. After a full season of use in the Atlantic Ocean subjected to speeds up to 40 MPH and salt spray, the coating was intact. After the season, when we wanted to take off the anti-fouling paint residue, instead of sanding, all we had to do was use a high temperature power washer and take off the G-PRIMER and paint. As a non-toxic and zero-VOC product we see a great deal of potential for this product. If G-PRIMER can survive this highly invasive test, we know how durable it will be under normal conditions!”
Black is always working on new projects. He has been working with a major fragrance company to develop a pleasant-smelling fragrance that may be added to paint. The fragrance lasts as long as it takes for the waterborne materials to cure. He is also in the final stages of development for a paint additive that radically diminishes the residual smell from fires when repainting is necessary. What will he think of next?
For more information, contact Great Barrier Systems®, 6951 N. Ridge, Chicago, IL 60645; call 773/761.1677 ext. 235; visit www.greatbarriersystems.com; e-mail info@greatbarrier systems.com.