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Steel Substrates and Surface Prep Quick Guide: What to Know Before You Coat

BY LON BAUER | PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Exterior coating restoration projects involving architectural steel surfaces should always include a case-by-case inspection to identify the proper preparation and products needed to ensure optimum protection. From environmental conditions of the building to the current condition…

The Innovation Behind Water-Based PVDF Coatings

BY LON BAUER | PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Sunlight, heat and moisture cost the architectural industry millions of dollars in damage every year. When a coating starts to weather from UV exposure and other natural elements, the surface gets rougher, which is the result of the film breaking down. Then loose polymer resin and pigment appear…

How to Qualify a High-Performance Coating

BY LON BAUER | PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Water-based coatings are known for being low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and odor, giving them both environmental and health-and-safety advantages over solvent-based coatings…

About the Author

Lon Bauer, Product Development Manager of APV Engineered Coatings, has over 26 years of expertise in the chemical and coatings industry. Over the course of his career, Lon has received two patents and developed commercialized chemistries including high-performance PVDF coatings under the brand NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings with Kynar Aquatec®, specialty bonding primers, functional coatings, textile treatments, industrial inks, adhesives and heal seal coatings for OEM and field-applications.

 
 


Have Commercial Wallcoverings ‘Hit a Wall’ in Today’s Performance Standards?

New criteria for coatings and lacquers emerge during the pandemic

BY RYAN SCOTT | PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Protection for vinyl and textiles used in commercial wallcovering applications is a hot topic. Industries such as hospitality, education, and healthcare demand that coatings and finishes for wallcoverings used in harsh environments…

About the Author

Ryan Scott, Product Development Manager of APV Engineered Coatings, has eight years of expertise in the research and development of coating formulations for a variety of industries including: aerospace, industrial fabrics and textiles, marine and building products. Ryan’s intense drive for learning has solved challenging customer projects through unique, first-to-market chemistry. Most notable accomplishments were his one- and two-part water-based formulations for flexible vinyl and leather under the VYNGUARD® Performance Coatings brand of APV Engineered Coatings. Ryan is an active member of the AATCC, Cleveland Coating Society, and American Coatings Association. He is passionate about “Believe in Ohio”, a STEM and Entrepreneurship program for high school students, where he volunteers. Ryan attended the University of Akron, earning degrees in Chemistry and Business Management.

 


Inhibiting Microbes with Topcoat Technology

When compounded performance additives in vinyl aren’t enough, antimicrobial lacquers and topcoats offer extra protection.

BY HUGH BARRETT | TECHNICAL CONSULTANT
Microbes, such as bacteria and fungi, can live on a surface for months. Manufacturers of flexible vinyl, films, fabrics and textiles use engineered antimicrobial (AM) lacquers and barrier topcoats to offer an extra level of protection…

Pink Stain Damage on Vinyl Surfaces

BY HUGH BARRETT | TECHNICAL CONSULTANT
Pink stain is a common problem on marine fabrics such as seating cushions, upholstery flooring and other vinyl surfaces. Once the stain happens, it cannot be cleaned. However, there are ways to prevent pink stain in the first place…

Enhancing Environmental Compliance with Water-Based Coatings

BY HUGH BARRETT | TECHNICAL CONSULTANT
Like companies in many industries, plastics fabricators and decorators are searching for ways to be more environmentally friendly. They’re doing so not only to avoid fines or scrutiny from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)…

MOSI Anti-Fouling Coatings for Barnacles and Zebra Mussels

BY HUGH BARRETT | TECHNICAL CONSULTANT
Marine organisms such as barnacles and zebra mussels have been a long-standing nuisance to ship hulls, causing exterior damage, increased power and fuel consumption and environmental concerns. While anti-fouling coatings help …

About the Author

Hugh Barrett has been a technical consultant with APV Engineered Coatings since 2002. He has a vast chemical engineering background and is instrumental to the company in formulating for unique coating challenges.

Barrett entered the U.S. Navy in 1965 and served as a Petty Officer Second Class Gunner’s Mate responsible for the operation and maintenance of small arms, torpedoes, vertical launching systems and gun systems. Barrett served time aboard the USS Terrebonne Parish (LST-1156), USS Harlan R. Dickson (DD-708), and completed training and operations on the Mediterranean and Caribbean Sea before his honorable discharge in 1972.

Barrett found his way to the chemical industry in 1980, starting as a plant engineer and PVC formulator with Proto Corporation. He became a research scientist then laboratory supervisor in 1987 with Polyplastex International and worked as a Federal Aviation Administration Designated Engineering Representative, among other positions. In 1995, Hugh developed and manufactured custom PVDF-based chemistries with PVDF Products LLC, where he served as president. His expansive polymer and solvent research have been implemented into commercial products for the marine, automotive, aerospace, industrial fabrics, and architectural industries. Barrett is well known for his engineering and constructing of test instruments, including air-powered laboratory rotogravures, goniometers, FAA-approved heat release rate chambers and smoke density test tunnels for flammability studies.

 


Using Coatings for Exterior Restoration Projects

BY MIKE COUCHIE | VP OF SALES
As buildings and structures age, their exteriors can garner a lackluster appearance. Time and environmental conditions take a toll, and what was a once-vibrant exterior becomes faded and degraded. In this situation, owners, architects, and specifiers may be tempted to replace façade materials…

About the Author

Mike Couchie is the vice president of sales for APV Engineered Coatings. He has been with the company for more than 25 years, focusing on the commercialization and business development of high-performance coating technologies for building products, as well as other advanced materials ranging from OEM to field applications. Couchie received his degree in business administration from the University of Akron in 1990.

 

 


Planes, Stains, and Automobiles!

How OEM’s are conquering stain protection with lacquers on vinyl upholstery

BY JOHN RUSSELL | VICE PRESIDENT & TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Stain resistance on flexible vinyl substrates is a daily topic in the laboratory at APV Engineered Coatings. The type of stain resistance required varies by market and end-use. APV takes a customized approach to develop primer and topcoat lacquer systems that provide our customers with the…

About the Author

John Russell, Vice President and Technical Director of APV Engineered Coatings, has 25 years of expertise in the chemical and coatings industry. He is highly specialized in the formulation of advanced chemistries for flexible vinyl, films and textiles. Throughout his career, John has successfully commercialized new-to-market formulations with properties such as anti-graffiti, hydrophobic and hydrophilic functionality and superior weathering characteristics.

 

 


Outsourcing Your Manufacturing? 10 Questions to Ask First

New criteria for coatings and lacquers emerge during the pandemic

BY MARK DISALVO | TECHNICAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE
As the economy recovers and product demand begins to rise, coatings manufacturers are faced with a dilemma: Either increase in-house capacity and resources to meet demand or outsource production to a contract manufacturer…

About the Author

Former Physical Therapist and business owner who made a major move to the family business, APV Engineered Coatings. With over 13 years of business management and sales experience, he is committed to building customer relationships and being a resource for clients’ needs as a Technical Sales Representative.