High-Performance, Water-Based Field-Applied Organic Finishes for Architectural Façade Restoration: Sustainability Never Looked So Good

By: Ron Partridge, Sr. Account Manager Fluoropolymer Coatings NA, Arkema Inc. & Erin Neff, Director of Marketing and Business Development, APV Engineered Coatings Inc.

Based on coating technology that has been an architectural industry standard for over five decades, water-based field-applied coatings made with Kynar Aquatec® resin are helping extend the lifetime of commercial buildings in an environmentally friendly way.

Replacing building façade materials can be a costly, time-consuming and disruptive endeavor. Fortunately, building owners and project specifiers now have a more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable way to extend the life of building exteriors with less disruption to tenants and activities than completely replacing façade materials. To realize how, it is important to understand the history behind the coating technology that has been trusted by the architectural community for decades.

In 1965, Arkema, Inc. introduced Kynar 500® based architectural finishes to the market, and over the next 30 years they became the coating of choice for architectural firms worldwide. However, they are solvent-based, with high VOC content. In addition, because Kynar 500® emulsion-based finishes must be baked at over 400oF, they can only be applied in a factory to metal coil and extrusion substrates. This limited their ability to be used on other OEM building products that could not withstand the temperature, like wood, vinyl and fiberglass. It also did not allow for field-applied use.

Kynar Aquatec® – The next generation of PVDF coatings

In 2001, Arkema addressed these initial limitations and began to develop a novel emulsion coatings technology that became Kynar Aquatec®.

The original goals of the program were to develop a resin that could be incorporated into a coating that could air-dry with long-term weathering performance similar to a Kynar 500® finish system but in a water-based formulation that required no baking and would film-form at ambient temperatures.

These objectives and ensuing technical development work led to the 2005 commercialization of the first Kynar Aquatec® grade called Kynar Aquatec® ARC. This tough, engineered thermoplastic resin that is inherently UV-resistant found its earliest uses in coatings used in metal restoration projects and OEM building products. In 2009, Arkema launched Kynar Aquatec® FMA12 for coatings used on cementitious and other substrates where breathability and/or greater elastic properties were needed. Arkema’s most recent offering in the Kynar Aquatec® line is called Kynar Aquatec® CRX. This resin was developed for applications requiring greater hardness, abrasion resistance and chemical resistance since it can be cross-linked with a second component.

Today, Kynar Aquatec® has become an innovative platform of emulsions used by paint formulators, like APV Engineered Coatings (Arkema’s first licensee), to make premium, low-VOC, weather-resistant, water-based coatings. Coatings formulated with these emulsions can provide the durability and performance of traditional factory-applied Kynar 500® based coatings. Coatings formulated with Kynar Aquatec® can be applied in the field to a variety of substrates, including metals, plastics, wood, concrete, stucco, EIFS and previously painted surfaces. Moreover, Kynar Aquatec® resin is manufactured through an innovative and patented process that uses no PFAS surfactants or any other fluorosurfactants in its ingredients or manufacturing process.

Kynar Aquatec & Kynar 500 panels comparison

Figure 1: Nineteen years ago, a side-by-side comparison of Kynar Aquatec® to Kynar 500® finishes (using the same inorganic pigments) was conducted. No differences were found in color change, gloss or chalking for either system, demonstrating that that Kynar Aquatec® based systems can perform similarly to a Kynar 500® finish system.

Blue Test Fence Panels

Figure 2: Kynar Aquatec and Acrylic resin-based coating in outdoor weathering test in South Florida after 7 years

Highly Resistant to Film Erosion

One of the primary purposes of an exterior architectural coating is to protect a building’s substrate from weathering. A key indicator of this protection is maintenance of the original film thickness. Figure 2 demonstrates a Kynar Aquatec®-based coating’s ability to resist film erosion after outdoor exposure compared with an acrylic-based coating. Both formulations shown utilize cobalt blue pigment, which is not affected by ultraviolet light and does not block UV from penetrating the coating surface. Therefore, any degradation of the coating from weathering is related to the resin binder system only. After seven years of exposure in South Florida at 45° angle facing south, the metal panel is completely showing through the 100% acrylic-based coating, which demonstrates erosion and nearly complete degradation of the coating. The Kynar Aquatec®-based coating is still intact with minimal color fade and no film erosion.

Quality Control through Licensing

To ensure that final coatings made with Kynar® resins meet Arkema’s quality and performance requirements, the company established a licensing program for its Kynar Aquatec® family of water-based PVDF resins. Manufacturer and specialty coatings formulator APV Engineered Coatings became an Arkema licensee in 2009 for its line of NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings, which has since been used on hundreds of architectural projects and structures worldwide.

NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings Save Time and Money

NeverFade® is a line of water-based, low-VOC façade restoration coating systems that provide the durability of factory finish in a field-applied product. Its quality ingredients and unique ingenuity provide a 30-year life cycle, unlike any other coating on the market. In addition to Kynar Aquatec® PVDF resin, NeverFade® coatings contain complex inorganic pigments, as well as additional UV blocking and mold-inhibiting additives for long-lasting durability and color retention. The unique chemistry will not chalk and erode, and it resists dirt and mold growth.

The NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coating System includes topcoats and compatible primers. NeverFade® Original Topcoat is ideal for concrete, stucco, masonry, EIFS, fiber cement, composite materials and vinyl building exteriors. NeverFade® Metal Restoration Topcoat is formulated for use on ferrous and non-ferrous metal surfaces. NeverFade® 2K Performance Topcoat is used in more demanding applications requiring greater chemical resistance, hardness and abrasion resistance.

Proven Performance is Guaranteed

NeverFade® coatings provide longer-lasting color performance than premium latex/acrylic, urethanes and even FEVE exterior paint systems thanks to the unique chemistry of Kynar Aquatec® PVDF polymer and special UV inhibiting additives and specialty grade inorganic pigments.

The harsh Sonoran Desert Climate in Cave Creek, Arizona was no match for NeverFade®, which looked like it was freshly applied nine years after its original application to the Plaza at Black Mountain. The Plaza’s brown stucco exterior had faded to light grey then washed out completely after years of weathering, leaving the stucco exposed to high temperatures and harsh UV rays. In 2010, it was coated with a custom-blended NeverFade® Original Topcoat in Sahara Yellow. In October 2012, one of the tenants moved out and took down their sign, leaving the bare stucco exposed. Thanks to the long-lasting performance of NeverFade®, the contractor was able to fill in the small area where the sign had been, and it was a perfect match to the rest of the elevation and building.

Another tenant had hung a banner on the east side of the exterior of his shop after the building was freshly coated in 2010. When the tenant retired in mid-2019, the banner was removed and behind it, the area protected from the sun was identical in color and appearance to the rest of the wall. You could not identify that the banner had ever been on the building — after nine years.

APV Engineered Coatings is so confident in the long-term, fade-resistant performance of NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings, it offers a 15-year product-and-labor guarantee. If the coating fades by a ΔE of 5 or higher, APV will replace the product and cover the labor cost of re-coating. This warranty is unique to the architectural coatings industry.

Kynar®, Kynar Aquatec® and Kynar 500® are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.
NeverFade® is a registered trademark owned by APV Engineered Coatings.

Façade Restoration Project Using NeverFade® Metal Restoration Coating with Kynar Aquatec® Wins Architecture Industry Design Award

AKRON, Ohio (July 6, 2020) – The façade restoration of a Class-A office building in southern California has won the 2020 Metal Architecture Design Award in the Renovations and Retrofit category. Architects judging the award recognized the holistic restoration project for “nailing the recreation and restoration of the [original] design intent” and for “the pride in doing a job that well.”

Coating contractor Stuart Dean Company used NeverFade® Metal Restoration Coating with Kynar Aquatec® to give the 45-year-old, 18-story anodized aluminum structure in Newport Beach a clean, new, factory-like finish and a 30-year extended service life. The company is a National Certified Applicator for NeverFade® Coatings.

“The original aluminum exterior showed advanced signs of corrosion and pitting and was no longer protecting the structure from ultra-violet rays and water-borne corrosives,” said Chris Incorvaia, national manager of Façade Restoration, Stuart Dean Company. “While the project’s initial RFP called for a solvent-based coating system, we knew that using a water-based coating would allow us to minimize disruption to the building’s high-profile tenants, complete the job more efficiently and guarantee long-term performance.”

NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings with Kynar Aquatec® PVDF resin is a low-VOC, water-based, field-applied coating system that provides a superior factory-like finish. Its advanced formulation is engineered for extreme UV protection as well as resistance to algae, fungal growth, abrasion, dirt pickup and stains. Manufacturer APV Engineered Coatings offers a 15-year, transferrable product-and-labor warranty to the building owner. The warranty covers color fading and chalking, guaranteeing that NeverFade® will dramatically outperform other field-applied, high-performance coatings, even in extreme environments.

“For more than a decade, building owners and project specifiers have turned to NeverFade® Coatings to extend the life of their properties with minimal disruption,” said Erin Neff, director of Marketing and Business Development, APV Engineered Coatings. “We are honored that industry professionals at Metal Architecture recognize the value, quality and cost-efficient investment of NeverFade® for sustainably lengthening the life of the metal facade.”

About Metal Architecture Magazine

Metal Architecture is the leading authority on the use of metal in architectural applications and building design, educating architects, design professionals and engineers engaged in new construction, retrofit, renovation and modernization of buildings. The Metal Architecture Design Awards have become the defining award program for the metal construction industry, with some of the most exciting projects seen in the architecture landscape.

About Stuart Dean

Stuart Dean is a leading national provider of architectural restoration and maintenance services for office buildings, office tenants, schools, healthcare, hotels, government, retail, residential and industrial settings. The company’s advanced technologies, skilled craftsmen, products and processes clean and restore surfaces. They provide world-class restoration services on metal, stone, wood, glass, concrete polishing, tile & grout revival, chandelier cleaning, carpet care and facade restoration. Stuart Dean has restored and maintained architectural surfaces since 1932, providing outstanding service nationwide. For more information, call 1-800-322-3180 or visit www.stuartdean.com.

About APV Engineered Coatings

Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products in Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner to some of the world’s top-producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advanced materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications, such as aerospace, innovative textiles, and high-end building products. A licensee of Arkema Inc. in the use of Kynar® emulsion technology, APV has been developing and commercializing high-performance Kynar® resin-based coatings for field and factory applications for more than a decade. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit www.apvcoatings.com or neverfadecoatings.com. Join the conversation by using #NeverfadeCoatings, #KynarAquatec and follow us @APVCoatings.

Kynar 500® and Kynar Aquatec® are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.
NeverFade® is a registered trademark of APV Engineered Coatings Inc.

APV Engineered Coatings Finishes with Strong Sales Growth for 2019

Increased Business in Key Market Segments including Aerospace, Industrial Fabrics, and Building Products, among Others

AKRON, Ohio (February 10, 2020) – APV Engineered Coatings ended 2019 with a record sales year. The growth was fueled largely by demand for its specialty chemical products in the aerospace, flexible films and industrial textiles, architectural building products, and tire and rubber industries. The company also saw significant growth in its private label and contract manufacturing business.
“Thanks to the dedication of our 100-plus employees and the mutually-beneficial partnerships with our new and long-term customers, APV had another record sales year,” said David Venarge, Chairman, APV Engineered Coatings. “We’re positioned for similar growth in 2020 and have been on this upward trend since the mid-1980s when I purchased the company.”

APV’s Key Growth Drivers

Aerospace Industry
APV entered the aerospace industry in 2003 and has since doubled its sales revenue. This growth was due to the company’s highly specialized line of products used for turbine jet engine blades, among other applications. APV’s technical expertise and manufacturing capabilities have allowed the company to grow its aerospace products business by developing new customized and innovative solutions that meet industry and customer demands.
“APV brings a great deal of engineering expertise to the aerospace industry, and our customers trust our products for their quality and performance,” said Venarge. “In 2019, we made significant capital investments in our manufacturing equipment and facilities to ensure we can keep pace with demand that will remain robust through 2020 and beyond.”

Industrial Fabrics and Textiles
Along with aerospace, APV continued to expand product offerings in the industrial fabrics industry under its VYNGUARD® line of topcoats and finishes for woven and non-woven substrates. Examples of new custom-engineered products include super-hydrophobic coatings for clothing; extreme stain-resistant topcoats for thermoformed cabinetry, wallcoverings and contract seating; and advanced UV-resistant finishes for architectural fabrics such as military membranes, tensile structures, tents, shelters, domed roofing and tents. APV also launched a broad spectrum anti-microbial coating in 2019 for a range of applications from mattress materials to outdoor marine upholstery.
“Our custom innovations have been embraced by a wide variety of product manufacturers,” said Venarge. “I’m proud to say we are a top formulator and solutions provider of protective coatings in the industrial fabrics industry.”

Architectural Building Products
APV also continued to focus on growth opportunities in the architectural building products industry with its KAPGuard® and NeverFade® brands and achieved 31 percent year-over-year growth in 2019. The category now represents 8 percent of the company’s total sales. Venarge said he expects to see significant sales increases of these products in 2020, as manufacturers, architects, specifiers and building owners increase their demand for long-lasting, high-performance coatings.
“Our NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings with Kynar Aquatec® were recognized by Commercial Construction and Renovation Magazine with a 2019 Project Profile Award,” added Venarge. “It was an honor to be considered as the ‘best-of-the-best’ for helping the Westin Hotel in Tampa significantly extend the life of its building exterior.”

Tire and Rubber Products and Contract Manufacturing/Private Label Services
Tire and rubber products, such as cements, identification marking inks, paints and lubricants, have been a staple product line in APV’s history and the segment continued to see steadfast growth through 2019. This was in-part due to economic factors, but also to the introduction of new and improved product formulations, including water-based technologies, and APV’s advanced equipment engineering services for manufacturers. The company continues to expand its design and installation services of custom-built equipment for tread-striping ink applications to tire manufacturers, helping to optimize and streamline their production processes.
Contract manufacturing and private label services are also a long-standing sector and driver of growth for APV, especially among Fortune 500 manufacturers in the paints and coatings industry, for whom APV is a key resource. APV’s 14-acre plant, warehouse and grounds house well over 300 pieces of manufacturing equipment including 100 to 6,000-gallon blending tanks, high-speed dissolvers, dual shaft mixers, horizontal mills, pneumatic ram mixers and more. Products can be processed with moisture and temperature controls. Specialty filling and private label packaging are offered as well. Together with tire and rubber coating products, these mature markets attributed to 3.6 percent year-over-year growth for 2019.

About APV Engineered Coatings

Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings is a privately held company that custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products in Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner to some of the world’s top-producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advanced materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications. Product offerings range from adhesives and release agents, to crayons and inspection marking tools, to water-based industrial inks and high-performance coatings. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit www.apvcoatings.com. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook by searching APV Engineered Coatings or using the handle @APVcoatings.

NeverFade®, KAPGuard®, and Vynguard® are registered trademarks of APV Engineered Coatings Inc.
Kynar® and Kynar Aquatec® is a registered trademark of Arkema Inc.

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NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings Installation by Stuart Dean Wins Construction Industry Award

AKRON, Ohio (5/3/2019) – An exterior restoration of the Westin Tampa Waterside Hotel using NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings with Kynar Aquatec® was recognized by Commercial Construction and Renovation Magazine with a 2019 Project Profile Award. The award honors the “best-of-the-best” construction projects, as voted on by the magazine’s editorial board.

The restoration project, undertaken by NeverFade® Certified Applicator and façade restoration experts Stuart Dean Company, provided a much-needed facelift and extended the service life of the hotel’s façade by 25-30 years. It was accomplished at a much lower cost than replacing the brick façade and window profiles or having to repaint the exterior every three to five years, which is a typical coating lifecycle in Florida.

“We are honored this installation of NeverFade® Coatings was recognized by Commercial Construction and Renovation,” said Michael Couchie, Vice President of Sales, APV Engineered Coatings. “It is a testament to the superior performance of our coating system, which comes with a 15-year color performance warranty. The warranty is fully transferrable to future owners and covers both replacement product and labor costs. Bottomline, with 20 years of actual outdoor weathering data, we know the product performs.

“In addition to the strong warranty and attractive appearance of the coating system, we were pleased that NeverFade® does not emit harsh solvents into the air, allowing us to not impact our guests’ experience with odors during the application period,” said Rob Willis, SVP Design & Construction, HEI Hotels & Resorts, the hotel’s owner/operator.

About NeverFade® Coatings

NeverFade® is a line of field-applied, water-based, and low-VOC topcoats and compatible primers that restore and protect building exteriors with long-lasting performance. The topcoats are formulated with Kynar Aquatec®, a tough and industry-proven PVDF resin that resists thermal, chemical and ultraviolet degradation, with more than 18 years of weathering performance in some of the harshest environments. Coupled with the coatings’ high-performance additives and specialty grade inorganic pigments, Kynar Aquatec® is highly resistant to color fading, chalking/UV degradation, dirt pickup, staining, algae, mold, fungal growth and erosion.

About Stuart Dean Company

Stuart Dean is a leading national provider of architectural restoration and maintenance services for office buildings, office tenants, schools, healthcare, hotels, government, retail, residential and industrial settings. The company’s advanced technologies, skilled craftsmen, products and processes clean and restore surfaces. They provide world-class restoration services on metal, stone, wood, glass, concrete polishing, tile & grout revival, chandelier cleaning, carpet care and facade restoration. Stuart Dean has restored and maintained architectural surfaces since 1932, providing outstanding service nationwide. A national NeverFade® Certified Applicator, Stuart Dean is passionate about their work and is the leading expert in the art and science of architectural restoration and maintenance. For more information, call 1-800-322-3180 or visit www.stuartdean.com.

About APV Engineered Coatings

Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products in Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner to some of the world’s top-producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advanced materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications, such as aerospace, innovative textiles, and high-end building products. A licensee of Arkema Inc. in the use of Kynar® emulsion technology, APV has been developing and commercializing high-performance Kynar® resin-based coatings for field and factory applications for more than a decade. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit www.apvcoatings.com or www.neverfadecoatings.com. Join the conversation by using #NeverfadeCoatings #KynarAquatec and follow us @APVCoatings.

NeverFade® is a registered trademark of APV Engineered Coatings Inc.
Kynar® and Kynar Aquatec® are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.

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NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings Win Prestigious Architectural Industry Award

AKRON, Ohio (November 21, 2018) – NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings with Kynar Aquatec® have been recognized by Architectural Products Magazine as a 2018 Product Innovation Award (PIA) winner. The exterior coating system also earned a Special Citation for Sustainability.

The Architectural Products PIA champions product ingenuity in the building environment. Winning products and projects were chosen by a panel of 16 judges including architects, interior designers, lighting designers and veteran A/E/C writers based on their value to architects in the specification process. The judges recognized NeverFade® Coatings for its “excellent warranty and excellent life.” They also made note of the coatings as “naturally sustainable as a long-lasting paint with low VOC, allow[ing] for reduction in construction material by increasing recoat periods.”
“Our eighth edition of the award proves commercial building manufacturers are committed to, and are working arduously toward, delivering more sustainable products, as well as products that deliver better performance, life and affordability,” said Jim Crockett, Editorial Director, Architectural Products Magazine.

“We are delighted that industry experts chose NeverFade® as a worthy recipient of this prestigious award,” said Erin Brown-Neff, Director of Marketing & Business Development, APV Engineered Coatings. “NeverFade® has been used on hundreds of thousands of square feet of building exteriors worldwide. The advantages of our coating system have been most significant on commercial and industrial properties, where renovation costs can be high and restoration work is complex. NeverFade’s ability to lengthen the lifespan of such building exteriors has afforded tremendous cost savings to property owners.”

About NeverFade® Coatings
NeverFade® is a line of field-applied, water-based, and low-VOC topcoats and compatible primers that restore and protect building exteriors with long-lasting performance. The topcoats are formulated with Kynar Aquatec®, a tough and industry-proven PVDF resin that resists thermal, chemical and ultraviolet degradation, with more than 18 years of fade and chalk performance in some of the harshest environments. Coupled with the coatings’ high-performance additives and specialty grade inorganic pigments, Kynar Aquatec® is highly resistant to color fading, chalking/UV degradation, dirt pickup, staining, algae, mold, fungal growth and erosion.
The NeverFade® coating system also protects against rust, corrosion and efflorescence as well as promotes long-term adhesion to the building surface. The topcoats are offered in metallic-like sheens to dark, bold colors or custom color-matched to the client’s specification. The product comes with a 15-year product and labor warranty for fade and chalk performance.

About APV Engineered Coatings
Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products in Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner to some of the world’s top-producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advanced materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications, such as aerospace, innovative textiles, and high-end building products. A licensee of Arkema Inc. in the use of Kynar® emulsion technology, APV has been developing and commercializing high-performance Kynar® resin-based coatings for field and factory applications for more than a decade. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit www.apvcoatings.com or www.neverfadecoatings.com. Join the conversation by using #NeverfadeCoatings #KynarAquatec and follow us @APVCoatings.

NeverFade® is a registered trademark of APV Engineered Coatings Inc.
Kynar® and Kynar Aquatec® are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.

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APV Engineered Coatings Partners with ARCAT® and SpecWizard® To Simplify NeverFade® Coatings Specification Process

AKRON, Ohio (9/7/2018) – Architects and engineering specifiers now have an easier, faster way to incorporate NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings into their project specs. APV Engineered Coatings, the manufacturer of NeverFade® Coatings, has partnered with ARCAT® and its SpecWizard® program to make information about the high-performance coating system easily viewable and downloadable through a portal on the SpecWizard® website. The program is free to use, and no registration is required to use it.

With a few simple clicks, specifiers can select the appropriate primer and topcoat products, indicate how color will be determined, as well as define sheens needed for their project. SpecWizard® will then generate an accurate, job-specific, CSI 3-Part or Canadian CSC formatted construction product specification in MS-Word or other word processing format. The portal also provides additional product information and lets specifiers send requests to APV through a secure message function.

“Specification is a critical part of planning for a restoration project and sometimes the most time-consuming,” said Erin Brown-Neff, Director of Marketing & Business Development, APV Engineered Coatings. “Using ARCAT’s SpecWizard will help architects and engineering specifiers through this process in a more cost- and time-efficient manner. We are delighted to support the AEC community with this new resource.”

To see how easy it is to specify NeverFade® Coatings and build a formal project specification using SpecWizard®, view this video.

About NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings
NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings are water-based, low-VOC, coating systems that provide the durability of a factory finish in a field-applied product. They contain Kynar Aquatec® PVDF resin, a tough, engineered thermoplastic that maintains high stability when exposed to harsh thermal, chemical and ultraviolet environments. NeverFade® Coatings contain complex inorganic pigments and UV blocking additives to inhibit fading and extend lifecycles of building facades. The unique chemistry also resists staining, dirt pickup, mold growth, and can prevent corrosion. NeverFade® can be custom color matched in bold colors, even metallics. APV is so confident in the UV resistance of NeverFade® that it offers an unprecedented 15-year warranty on color performance, which is fully transferable and covers all product and labor costs.

About ARCAT® and SpecWizard®
ARCAT® is the leading online resource of free building product information and offers a wide variety of tools for the AEC community. Its SpecWizard® tool automatically configures a complete CSI 3-Part formatted specification in minutes. For more information, visit www.arcat.com.

About APV Engineered Coatings
Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products in Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner to some of the world’s top-producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advanced materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications, such as aerospace, innovative textiles, and high-end building products. A licensee of Arkema Inc. in the use of Kynar® emulsion technology, APV has been developing and commercializing high-performance Kynar® resin-based coatings for field and factory applications for more than a decade. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit www.apvcoatings.com or www.neverfadecoatings.com. Join the conversation by using #NeverfadeCoatings #KynarAquatec and follow us @APVCoatings.

NeverFade® is a registered trademark of APV Engineered Coatings Inc.
Kynar® and Kynar Aquatec® are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.

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NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coating Shows Strong Color Performance After Eight Years in South Florida

 

Application in a Coastal Environment Stands up to the Elements

 

AKRON, Ohio (April 25, 2018) — Some of the harshest outdoor environments in the country have been no match for the superior performance of NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings with Kynar Aquatec®. The low VOC, field-applied coating system from APV Engineered Coatings has passed the eight-year mark with no visible fading or chalking on an application in Sanibel Island, Florida, an area known for extreme humidity, high temperatures, corrosion from saltwater, and harsh UV conditions that cause even the most advanced coatings to fade and degrade.

NeverFade® coatings are a line of water-based, low-VOC topcoats that restore and protect building exteriors with long-lasting performance. The products are formulated with Kynar Aquatec®, a tough and industry-proven PVDF resin that resists thermal, chemical and ultraviolet degradation. Serving as the backbone of NeverFade® coating technology, coupled with high performance additives and specialty grade inorganic pigments, Kynar Aquatec® is highly resistant to color fading, chalking, dirt pickup, staining, algae, mold, fungal growth and degradation.

Applied with the compatible primer systems offered by APV, the NeverFade® coating system can even protect against rust, corrosion, and efflorescence, as well as promote long-term adhesion to the building surface. The topcoats are custom-color matched to each customer’s specification in bold and rich colors and come with a 15-year product-and-labor warranty for color performance.

“This warranty is unique to the architectural coatings industry,” said Mike Couchie, Vice President of Sales, APV Engineered Coatings. “With replacement of product and labor included for 15 years of performance, fully transferrable to the building owner, we are making a bold statement, guaranteeing that this product will perform like nothing else on the market. Unlike most other warranties, many of which are not worth the paper they are printed on, the property owner is covered 100 percent for the full 15 years.”

First NeverFade® Application

Ronald D. Rooker of Ron’s Painting LLC in Fort Myers, Florida, was the first contractor to work with NeverFade® when the exterior coating system was launched in 2009. The system was used on a residential property with a stucco exterior in Sanibel Island, Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. The salt air, sea spray and humidity caused the original white paint to severely chalk and degrade, as well as grow mold and algae on the shaded, moisture-prone areas of the home (picture 1). APV had the color custom matched to the request of the homeowner and created a warm, soft yellow called NeverFade® Sanibel Sun. Rooker’s crew used an airless sprayer to apply the coating and then back-rolled it into the stucco profile.

Picture 1: Before NeverFade was installed- mold and algae growth on shaded areas of the facade

Picture 2: Visual Comparison of the standard to aged south-facing wall after 8 years of exposure.

“Being a high-performance coating, NeverFade® was very user-friendly,” said Rooker. “It was only one-component and had the ability to be spray, roll and brush applied when needed. It also kept a nice wet edge and showed no roller marks. It’s a great advantage to the property owner because it retains color and restricts mildew from growing, so the home won’t need to be pressure-cleaned nearly as often as it would if a high-end latex paint was used. Low maintenance was critical for the homeowners, as this is their vacation property.”

8 Years of Performance and Still Going Strong

Delta-E (ΔE) or Total Color Difference is a number that quantifies the distance between two colors. It is calculated based on delta L*, or lightness differences, da* redness or greenness differences, db*, blueness or yellowness differences between two items. When conducting a color analyses, a colorimeter is used to measure the delta L*, a*, b* values on an originally coated color panel (the standard) as well as on a variety of areas on the aged building exterior. An average ΔE is calculated from all of the samplings. As a rule of thumb, the higher the ΔE in comparison to the standard, the greater the difference in color.

Pictures 3 & 4: After 8 years of exposure to high humidity and air temperature in the shade, no algae or mold growth appears on the surface.

A recent examination of the property in Sanibel Island after eight years in service found a ΔE of only 1 unit, well less than the parameters of the warranty, which covers ΔE of 5 or higher. There also were no signs of chalking or coating degradation (picture 2) and had been no mold or algae growth on any area of the property (pictures 3 and 4).

“Eight years without severe fading and chalking in South Florida is traditionally unheard of,” Couchie explained. “Even with high-performance urethanes and 100% acrylic-latex coatings, the pigment and binder have usually begun to degrade and fade leaving a significant shift in color and chalky residue on the surface. If left alone, paint will eventually deteriorate completely, leaving the building’s substrate bare and open to damage from the elements, which is a very costly problem to repair.”

“For us it was all about low maintenance,” said Mickey Ciriello, homeowner. “We used to have the property pressure-washed and repainted every three years, which can be very costly. The past eight years have saved us thousands of dollars and our home looks beautiful.”

A Coating for Every Surface

Since the first application on the Gulf Coast of Florida, NeverFade® Facade Restoration Coatings have been used to coat hundreds of thousands of square feet of building exteriors around the world, including unique applications such as the exterior of the Goodyear Airship to the Jacksonville Jaguars stadium scoreboards to school systems’ bold building exteriors. The product’s advantages have been most significant on commercial and industrial high rises where renovation costs can be high. Its ability to lengthen the lifespan of such building exteriors have afforded tremendous costs savings to building owners.

APV is confident in the product performance for the next eight years and even longer. Kynar Aquatec® has been weathering in the field and in a Miami-based natural weathering testing site for 18 years to date, however; the first-generation technology, Kynar 500®, has been performing for over 50 years in harsh UV-prone environments with exceptional color retention.

    

About APV Engineered Coatings

Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products in Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner to some of the world’s top-producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advanced materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications, such as aerospace, innovative textiles, and high-end building products. A licensee of Arkema Inc. in the use of Kynar® emulsion technology, APV has been developing and commercializing high-performance Kynar® resin-based coatings for field and factory applications for more than a decade. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit www.apvcoatings.com or www.neverfadecoatings.com. Join the conversation by using #NeverfadeCoating #KynarAquatec and follow us @APVCoatings.

NeverFade® is a registered trademark of APV Engineered Coatings Inc.
Kynar® and Kynar Aquatec® are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.

Company Contact:
Erin Brown
Ebrown@apvcoatings.com / 330-773-8911 x244

Media Contact:
Linda Barlow
lbarlow416@gmail.com / 267-481-0502

NeverFade® Metal Façade Restoration Coatings Win Top New Product Award From National Publisher

School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management Magazines Select NeverFade® for its Ability to Enhance the Learning Environment

AKRON, Ohio (12/22/17) — An independent panel of judges from the education industry selected NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings from APV Engineered Coatings as a Platinum Award winner in the annual New Product Award program from 1105 Media, publishers of School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management magazines. The coating system completely restores building façades to a high-performance, factory-like finish.

The New Product Award program honors the outstanding product development achievements of manufacturers and suppliers whose products or services are considered to be particularly noteworthy in their ability to enhance the learning environment. NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings are featured along with other award winners in the December issue of both magazines as well as highlighted on the publisher’s website, spaces4learning.com.

According to the magazines’ Group Publisher, Karen Cavallo, “Research shows that there is a direct correlation between quality learning environments and improved student success, and these companies are leading the charge to make schools a better place for teachers to teach and students to learn.”

“We are honored that NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings stood out from among more than 50 products as a trusted solution,” said Mike Couchie, VP of Sales, APV Engineered Coatings. “We’re excited to show school administrators, maintenance directors and facility managers how to save money over time and sustainably extend the life of their building exteriors with NeverFade® Coatings.”

About NeverFade® Exterior Coatings

NeverFade® Exterior Coatings are a line of water-based, low-VOC coatings that uniquely restore and protect building exteriors with its long-term performance. The products are formulated with Kynar Aquatec®, a tough and industry-proven PVDF resin that resists thermal, chemical and ultraviolet degradation. Incorporated into the NeverFade® coating technology and coupled with high performance additives and specialty grade inorganic pigments, Kynar Aquatec® is highly resistant to color fading, dirt pickup, staining, algae, mold, fungal growth and erosion. Applied with the compatible primer systems offered by APV, the NeverFade® coating system can protect against rust, corrosion, and efflorescence, as well as promote long-term adhesion to the building surface. The topcoats are custom-color matched to each customer’s specification in bold and rich colors and come with a 15-year product-and-labor warranty for color performance.

“This warranty is unique to the architectural coatings industry,” said Couchie. “It offers more than other warranties because we wanted to show just how much we stand behind the coating. Although we warrant the color performance for 15 years, the Kynar® technology has been performing for over 50 years in harsh UV-prone environments without requiring re-coating.”

The new NeverFade® Façade Restoration Topcoat supplements the industry-proven NeverFade® Original Topcoat which is for concrete, stucco, masonry, fiber cement, composite materials and vinyl building exteriors. Like the original, it is water-based and meets SCAQMD Rule 1113 VOC limits in Southern California for industrial maintenance coatings, with less than 100 grams/liter of VOCs. NeverFade® Metal Façade Restoration Topcoat can be used with APV’s complementary W-1650 Bonding Primer for previously coated surfaces, such as Kynar 500® or silicon polyester finishes, as well as APV’s W-1500 Universal Primer for a variety of substrates. The primers contain less than 50 grams/liter of VOCs, meeting SCAQMC Rule 1113 VOC limits for Southern California. The water-based topcoat also can be used with APV’s two-component corrosion resistant epoxy primer for extreme, corrosive weather environments. This product contains VOC exempt solvents to comply with SCAQMC Rule 1113 VOC limits.

About APV Engineered Coatings

Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products in Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner to some of the world’s top-producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advanced materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications, such as aerospace, innovative textiles, and high-end building products. A licensee of Arkema Inc. in the use of Kynar® emulsion technology, APV has been developing and commercializing high-performance Kynar® resin-based coatings for field and factory applications for more than a decade. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit www.apvcoatings.com or www.neverfadecoatings.com. Also, follow us on twitter @APVCoatings, LinkedIn at APV Engineered Coatings, Inc., or visit our NeverFade® Facebook page @NeverFadeCoatings.

Kynar®, Kynar 500®, Kynar ADS®, and Kynar Aquatec® are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.
NeverFade® is a registered trademark of APV Engineered Coatings Inc.

Company Contact:
Jonalee Santo Domingo
Jsantodomingo@apvcoatings.com / 330-773-8911 x243

Media Contact:
Linda Barlow
lbarlow416@gmail.com / 267-481-0502

APV Engineered Coatings Selects Winner of Prize Drawing After Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit

 

AKRON, Ohio (12/8/17) — Mike Hamlin, Energy Manager for the Kern High School District, was the big winner in APV Engineered Coatings’ prize drawing at last month’s Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit in Pasadena, California. Hamlin, whose name was drawn at random from among all those who visited the company’s booth, will receive a Yeti® cooler valued at $350.

This was the first year APV Engineered Coatings exhibited at the event. The company participated to show school administrators, maintenance directors and facility managers how to save money and sustainably extend the life of their building exteriors with NeverFade® Exterior Coatings with Kynar Aquatec® resin.

“On behalf of everyone at APV Engineered Coatings, I would like to congratulate Mr. Hamlin,” said Mike Couchie, Vice President of Sales, APV Engineered Coatings. “The Summit was a great opportunity for us to connect with professionals like Mr. Hamlin and others who are looking for best practices and technologies for their green school programs.”

About NeverFade® Exterior Coatings

NeverFade® Exterior Coatings are a line of water-based, low-VOC coatings that uniquely restore and protect building exteriors with its long-term performance. The products are formulated with Kynar Aquatec®, a tough and industry-proven PVDF resin that resists thermal, chemical and ultraviolet degradation. Incorporated into the NeverFade® coating technology and coupled with high performance additives and specialty grade inorganic pigments, Kynar Aquatec® is highly resistant to color fading, dirt pickup, staining, algae, mold, fungal growth and erosion. Applied with the compatible primer systems offered by APV, the NeverFade® coating system can protect against rust, corrosion, and efflorescence, as well as promote long-term adhesion to the building surface. The topcoats are custom-color matched to each customer’s specification in bold and rich colors and come with a 15-year product-and-labor warranty for color performance.

“This warranty is unique to the architectural coatings industry,” said Couchie. “It offers more than other warranties because we wanted to show just how much we stand behind the coating. Although we warrant the color performance for 15 years, the Kynar® technology has been performing for over 50 years in harsh UV-prone environments without requiring re-coating.”

About APV Engineered Coatings

Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products in Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner to some of the world’s top-producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advanced materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications, such as aerospace, innovative textiles, and high-end building products. A licensee of Arkema Inc. in the use of Kynar® emulsion technology, APV has been developing and commercializing high-performance Kynar® resin-based coatings for field and factory applications for more than a decade. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit www.apvcoatings.com or www.neverfadecoatings.com. Also, follow us on twitter @APVCoatings, LinkedIn at APV Engineered Coatings, Inc., or visit our NeverFade® Facebook page @NeverFadeCoatings.

Kynar®, Kynar 500®, Kynar ADS®, and Kynar Aquatec® are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.
NeverFade® is a registered trademark of APV Engineered Coatings Inc.

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Company Contact:
Jonalee Santo Domingo
Jsantodomingo@apvcoatings.com / 330-773-8911 x243

Media Contact:
Linda Barlow
lbarlow416@gmail.com / 267-481-0502

Special Session at University of Kynar® Offered Inside Look at Extended Service Life of NeverFade® Exterior Coatings In Extreme UV Environments

 

MIAMI (November 20, 2017) — APV Engineered Coatings’ Lon Bauer, senior coatings engineer, was a special guest speaker at last week’s University of Kynar® program, sponsored by Arkema Inc. and held at Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC.

Bauer presented to a group of 28 architects, engineers, specifiers and contractors, who were chosen to participate in the invitation-only class to learn about the key differences between NeverFade® Façade Restoration Coatings with Kynar Aquatec® (PVDF) and other high-performance coatings in the architectural industry. After the presentation, the guests walked through Atlas’ natural weathering testing site to see a variety of Kynar 500® and Kynar Aquatec® weathering studies that have spanned over 50 years of exposure in the extreme humidity, temperature, and UV conditions of southern Florida.

After 10-15 years of exposure, the panels with Kynar Aquatec® resin show very little color shift (delta E <5), and no signs of chalking from degradation of the PVDF resin. Other coatings in the study with the same pigments, formulated with acrylic, urethane, and even fluoroethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) resins, show much greater degrees of color fade, chalking, and resin degradation color fade in a bright red color, reaching as high as delta E >30 for FEVE and delta E >60 for acrylic urethane.

“It’s important for professionals who specify products for exterior restoration projects to understand a coating’s true service life from a chemical composition standpoint,” said Bauer. “Not all high-performance coatings are created equal and many are formulated with varying loading levels of key polymers that impact their ability to perform in subtropical outdoor environments over an extended length of time. NeverFade® coatings contain high PVDF content that we list on our specification, complex inorganic pigments and proprietary UV additives for the ultimate long-term performance.”

NeverFade® Original Topcoat and NeverFade® Metal Restoration Topcoats are APV’s water-based, low-VOC exterior coatings for a variety of substrates for building façades in the architectural industry. The formulations are engineered with Kynar Aquatec® resin, a tough and industry-proven PVDF resin that resists thermal, chemical and ultraviolet degradation.

Incorporated into the NeverFade® coating technology and coupled with high performance additives and specialty grade inorganic pigments, Kynar Aquatec® resin is highly resistant to color fading, dirt pickup, staining, algae, mold, fungal growth and erosion. Applied with the compatible primer systems offered by APV, the NeverFade® coating system can protect against rust, corrosion, and efflorescence, as well as promote long-term adhesion to the building surface. The topcoats are custom-color matched to each customer’s specification in bold and rich colors and come with a 15-year product-and-labor warranty for color performance.

“We were happy to expand our typical University of Kynar® program to include not just architects, but engineers, specifiers, and contractors, who all work in the same arena,” said Vince Casmirri, marketing manager, Arkema Inc. “It’s a great educational opportunity to show them a ‘cradle-to-cradle’ example of how Kynar 500® and Kynar Aquatec® coating systems transform the industry in real world applications. APV Engineered Coatings is a valued partner, and NeverFade® Facade Restoration Coatings were an exciting topic at this event.”


University of Kynar® attendees at Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC’s natural weathering testing site.

About Arkema Inc. and the University of Kynar®

Arkema Inc. is a world leader in fluoropolymer science. The company’s training through the University of Kynar® offers the knowledge needed to properly specify superior performance coatings for architectural metal components. Attendees of University of Kynar® sessions, which are held around the country, receive basic education on PVDF coatings, review the latest case studies, and take part in bonus sessions with Arkema research scientists. Continuing education credits are available through the American Institute of Architects. For more information, visit UofKYNAR.com.

About APV Engineered Coatings

Founded in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings custom formulates and manufactures industrial coatings and advanced chemical products in Akron, Ohio. APV is a partner to some of the world’s top-producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advanced materials and large-scale production. The company’s innovative solutions have been integrated into a variety of industries for unique applications, such as aerospace, innovative textiles, and high-end building products. A licensee of Arkema Inc. in the use of Kynar® emulsion technology, APV has been developing and commercializing high-performance Kynar® resin-based coatings for field and factory applications for more than a decade. For more information, call 800-772-3452 or visit www.apvcoatings.com or www.neverfadecoatings.com. Also, follow us on twitter @APVCoatings, LinkedIn at APV Engineered Coatings, Inc., or visit our NeverFade® Facebook page @NeverFadeCoatings.

Kynar®, Kynar 500®, Kynar ADS®, and Kynar Aquatec® are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.
NeverFade® is a registered trademark of APV Engineered Coatings Inc.

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Company Contact:
Erin Brown
EBrown@apvcoatings.com / 330-773-8911 x244

Media Contact:
Linda Barlow
lbarlow416@gmail.com / 267-481-0502