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I was planing on using True Color conduit on a job so it didn't have to be spray painted after the fact. But I'm wondering how durable it is after it's been bent. Does it flake off, crack, scratch easy, etc? I don't want to have to touch it up after I bend and hang it all. If it does I'll just use Wiremold, but this stuff is much cheaper, not to mention eaiser to install.
 

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I use true color when I am doing a new construction controls job all power is in regular silver slick, and all control wiring is in blue true color, I've never had a problem with it flaking off or anything of that nature, I will say though it looks somewhat undesirable to a degree because you cannot buy true color couplings and connectors
 

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Yeah, I thought of that. I was gonna just buy some white spray paint and go over the fittings before I put them up. Would you say the stuff is suitable for exposed applications with the exception of the fittings? It's going in on an 8' ceiling so it'll be easy to see. Thanks!
 

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it's just as durable as the galvanising on regular old silver slick, if you want something to look good in a ceiling it will be just fine.
 

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I use true color when I am doing a new construction controls job all power is in regular silver slick, and all control wiring is in blue true color, I've never had a problem with it flaking off or anything of that nature, I will say though it looks somewhat undesirable to a degree because you cannot buy true color couplings and connectors
Why do we use this stuff? No true color couplings and connectors (my heavens)! Are we building Mona Lisa's above the ceiling or do we just intend to ID the raceway contents? Most of my 'below the ceiling' pipe was color co-ordinated to match whatever it was hugging.

Maybe you are burdened with an inspector with a pomegranite, or puce affliction?

Best Wishes Everyone
 

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I run alot of exposed conduit in industrial plants and I like for it to look uniform the fact that there aren't true color connectors really degrades the look of the pipe, and for what it sounds like he's going to use it for color couplings and connectors would be darn near a must.
 

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I run alot of exposed conduit in industrial plants and I like for it to look uniform the fact that there aren't true color connectors really degrades the look of the pipe, and for what it sounds like he's going to use it for color couplings and connectors would be darn near a must.
I was kinda of chiding here, but stupid. I always wanted my installs to look and function perfectly too. Sort of forgot about those open ceiling runs.

Best wishes to you men who are woven of the same cloth. And

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Not to mention it's basically the same price as standard EMT so why not.

Thanks dowmace!
It's also much easier to spray paint a few boxes, connectors and couplings than 10' sticks.
 

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Many times, if the pipework is out in the open, visible, chances are everything is going to get painted anyway... conduits, ducts, sprinkler pipes.... All get plastered with one thick coat by the painter.
 

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Many times, if the pipework is out in the open, visible, chances are everything is going to get painted anyway... conduits, ducts, sprinkler pipes.... All get plastered with one thick coat by the painter.

this is true for alot of places, I personally do alot of work in unpainted brick or concrete buildings so there is no painting except for doors and door jambs at the most.
 

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I’ve seen this advertised in ECN magazine but haven’t had the opportunity to work with it. Is the tubing still galvanized? Is that color coating sort of like the anodized coating you see on a kids bicycle wheels and handlebars or is it more like enamel? Also wondering, does the coating allow the rings of compression fittings and screws of setscrew fittings to bite through easily? TKX
 

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I’ve seen this advertised in ECN magazine but haven’t had the opportunity to work with it. Is the tubing still galvanized? Is that color coating sort of like the anodized coating you see on a kids bicycle wheels and handlebars or is it more like enamel? Also wondering, does the coating allow the rings of compression fittings and screws of setscrew fittings to bite through easily? TKX
the conduit is still galvanized it is sort of like an anodizing, it feels just like regular galvanized conduit fittings should have no problem biting into it just like normal conduit.
 

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Thanks, I thought it was probably just a thin coating. My guess would be that if it really catches on, then the manufacture would start producing a full line of fittings, boxes and supports in matching colors.
 

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Our outfit has taken to using this conduit for everything. Blue for power, orange for EM, green for phone, white for lighting, and of course red for FA. It's actually worked out really nicely. I think the thought that the raceway being colored will save the time to paint the box.
 
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