Facilities Alert: 3 Things to Know About Cleaning & Disinfecting Wallcoverings During The COVID-19 Pandemic and Flu Season

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Upgraded efforts to maintain clean and healthy facilities may result in damage to the surfaces being disinfected, according to protective coating chemists at APV Engineered Coatings. The issue is particularly acute with coated vinyl wallcoverings used in healthcare, education and hospitality facilities, where the strong disinfectant agents used to combat viruses like COVID-19 can degrade the coating film on the wallcovering’s surface, weakening its protective performance.

“As Americans return to work, school and travel this fall, facility managers and maintenance professionals will also ramp-up their cleaning and disinfecting protocols for commonly touched surfaces,” said Ryan Scott, product development manager, APV Engineered Coatings. “At the same time, they need to be careful that frequently-applied, high-concentration disinfectants don’t lessen the protective functionality of the coatings used on those surfaces.”

Manufacturers of commercial wallcoverings coat their products to make them more durable and resist against dirt, stains, chemicals and moisture. Some coatings, such as the VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Topcoat with Anti-Microbial from APV, also resist the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria – an important consideration in damp environments and communal settings. While cleaning coated wallcoverings under normal protocols should not damage them, the impact of more frequent cleaning with harsher chemical concentrations could be a concern.

Spraying wallcovering

Daily disinfecting of wallcovering in high traffic area in an office building.

Wallcovering with sprayed disinfectant

Close up of commercial wallcovering after it was sprayed with common disinfectant

Before Cleaning and Disinfecting
Scott offers three important pieces of advice for facility professionals who want to maintain the integrity of their buildings’ wallcoverings while also complying with current, stricter cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

    1.Know what type of wallcovering you have. Not all commercial wallcoverings are the same, and some are more durable than others in resisting the mechanical effects of cleaning. The right coating can help to improve the durability of each type of wallcovering. Type I wallcoverings are light-duty and typically used in apartment and office buildings, hotel rooms, waiting rooms and other budget-conscious projects, as well as for ceilings and areas of light abrasion. Type II wallcoverings are used for heavier-traffic applications in hospitality, healthcare, office buildings, retail, education and other facility interiors and are designed to stand up to average to heavy scuffing. Type III wallcoverings are the most durable and are used in extremely heavy traffic locations as well as wainscot and other low areas exposed to movable equipment or rough abrasion, such as hospital corridors and elevator banks.
    2.Know if your wallcovering is coated.
    Not all wallcovering manufacturers use durable protective coatings on their products. Instead, they prioritize low cost or initial aesthetics over long lifecycle, durability, and stain and chemical resistance. Harsh disinfectants can degrade the wallcovering and allow the vinyl’s plasticizers to migrate to the surface, shortening its usable life. Facilities professionals can learn more about the coating used on their wallcovering by contacting the wallcovering manufacturer and asking for results of key industry tests, including the ASTM F793 Standard Classification of Wallcovering by Durability Characteristics and the ASTM D-1308 Standard Method for Test for Effect of Household Chemicals on Clear and Pigmented Organic Finishes.
    3. Know your cleaner/disinfectant concentration and application frequency.Common disinfectants include quaternary ammonium salts (QAS), isopropyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, peroxide and chlorine (bleach). Effective concentrations of these types of anti-microbials can be found on the container of an EPA-approved disinfectant and are also outlined by CDC guidelines, both of which should be referenced against cleaning/disinfecting procedures provided by the wallcovering manufacturer. The EPA is a particularly valuable source of information for identifying disinfectants approved to work as intended and their effective concentrations. Facility professionals should be aware that the germ- and virus-killing action of these disinfectants—which kill the bacteria by being absorbed into its cell walls and damaging the membrane—can also degrade the wallcovering’s coating, especially when used more often or at higher concentrations than recommended.

“APV works closely with wallcovering manufacturers to formulate our VYNGUARD® coatings with novel raw materials that both improve the performance and lifetime of wallcoverings as well as help them withstand aggressive cleaning and disinfecting,” Scott said. “We test our coatings extensively and prioritize third-party validation testing on treated wallcovering under the latest ASTM standards to help raise the bar on 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 for 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 using the handle @APVcoatings. Join the conversation or learn more about this product using #Vynguard or visiting www.vynguard.com.

Facilities Alert: 3 Things to Know About Cleaning & Disinfecting Wallcoverings During The COVID-19 Pandemic and Flu Season

 

Spraying wallcovering

Daily disinfecting of wallcovering in high traffic area in an office building.

AKRON, Ohio 10.19.2020 – Upgraded efforts to maintain clean and healthy facilities may result in damage to the surfaces being disinfected, according to protective coating chemists at APV Engineered Coatings. The issue is particularly acute with coated vinyl wallcoverings used in healthcare, education and hospitality facilities, where the strong disinfectant agents used to combat viruses like COVID-19 can degrade the coating film on the wallcovering’s surface, weakening its protective performance.

“As Americans return to work, school and travel this fall, facility managers and maintenance professionals will also ramp-up their cleaning and disinfecting protocols for commonly touched surfaces,” said Ryan Scott, product development manager, APV Engineered Coatings. “At the same time, they need to be careful that frequently-applied, high-concentration disinfectants don’t lessen the protective functionality of the coatings used on those surfaces.”

Manufacturers of commercial wallcoverings coat their products to make them more durable and resist against dirt, stains, chemicals and moisture. Some coatings, such as the VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Topcoat with Anti-Microbial from APV, also resist the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria – an important consideration in damp environments and communal settings. While cleaning coated wallcoverings under normal protocols should not damage them, the impact of more frequent cleaning with harsher chemical concentrations could be a concern.

Before Cleaning and Disinfecting

Scott offers three important pieces of advice for facility professionals who want to maintain the integrity of their buildings’ wallcoverings while also complying with current, stricter cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

1. Know what type of wallcovering you have. Not all commercial wallcoverings are the same, and some are more durable than others in resisting the mechanical effects of cleaning. The right coating can help to improve the durability of each type of wallcovering. Type I wallcoverings are light-duty and typically used in apartment and office buildings, hotel rooms, waiting rooms and other budget-conscious projects, as well as for ceilings and areas of light abrasion. Type II wallcoverings are used for heavier-traffic applications in hospitality, healthcare, office buildings, retail, education and other facility interiors and are designed to stand up to average to heavy scuffing. Type III wallcoverings are the most durable and are used in extremely heavy traffic locations as well as wainscot and other low areas exposed to movable equipment or rough abrasion, such as hospital corridors and elevator banks.

2. Know if your wallcovering is coated. Not all wallcovering manufacturers use durable protective coatings on their products. Instead, they prioritize low cost or initial aesthetics over long lifecycle, durability, stain, and chemical resistance. Harsh disinfectants can degrade the wallcovering and allow the vinyl’s plasticizers to migrate to the surface, shortening its usable life. Facilities professionals can learn more about the coating used on their wallcovering by contacting the wallcovering manufacturer and asking for results of key industry tests, including the ASTM F793 Standard Classification of Wallcovering by Durability Characteristics and the ASTM D-1308 Standard Method for Test for Effect of Household Chemicals on Clear and Pigmented Organic Finishes.

3. Know your cleaner/disinfectant concentration and application frequency. Common disinfectants include quaternary ammonium salts (QAS), isopropyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, peroxide and chlorine (bleach). Effective concentrations of these types of anti-microbials can be found on the container of an EPA-approved disinfectant and are also outlined by CDC guidelines, both of which should be referenced against cleaning/disinfecting procedures provided by the wallcovering manufacturer. The EPA is a particularly valuable source of information for identifying disinfectants approved to work as intended and their effective concentrations. Facility professionals should be aware that the germ- and virus-killing action of these disinfectants—which kill the bacteria by being absorbed into its cell walls and damaging the membrane—can also degrade the wallcovering’s coating, especially when used more often or at higher concentrations than recommended.

“APV works closely with wallcovering manufacturers to formulate our VYNGUARD® coatings with novel raw materials that both improve the performance and lifetime of wallcoverings as well as help them withstand aggressive cleaning and disinfecting,” Scott said. “We test our coatings extensively and prioritize third-party validation testing on treated wallcovering under the latest ASTM standards to help raise the bar on 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 for 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 or www.VYNGUARD.com. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook by searching APV Engineered Coatings, using the handle @APVcoatings, or following #vynguard.

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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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Outdoors or Indoors: VYNGUARD® Coatings Provide Protection You Can Trust


From marinas to mass transit, from hospitals to hotels, and from buildings to boats, VYNGUARD® performance coatings and finishes from APV Engineered Coatings provide custom-formulated protection for the toughest indoor and outdoor conditions.

Applied by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) onto rolled flexible vinyl, films, fabrics and textiles, VYNGUARD® has transformed the industrial fabrics market with advanced water- and solvent-based chemistry. APV’s newest formulation – VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial (+AM) Topcoat – contains a unique polymer and resists film deterioration caused by gram-negative and positive bacteria on coated flexible vinyl surfaces. Due to its durability and superior ability to withstand microbial deterioration of the coating film, it significantly extends the aesthetics and service life of products. +AM can be incorporated into any VYNGUARD® formulation and has a broad spectrum of activity fighting against fungi, algae, yeast, and bacteria.

Resisting Pink Staining, Fungi, and Bacteria
Originally developed for a manufacturer of PVC flexible outdoor deck flooring material to resist pink staining in wet and humid environments, VYNGUARD® +AM has additional advantages on flexible vinyl used for indoor applications where moisture, dirt, staining and microbial contamination are common. It is ideal for wallcoverings, upholstery, thermo-formable PVC laminates, mass transit seating, and a range of other applications.

Pink staining is a typical problem with flexible vinyl materials, especially on boat seats; outdoor fabrics such as pillows, umbrellas, and sun shades; and vinyl flooring used around pool and boat decks. Over time, chemical additives called plasticizers in the vinyl migrate to the surface, providing a food source for bacteria to grow. This migration is exacerbated under harsh UV and humid environments and results in pink staining as a byproduct, which fouls and discolors the surface. There is no conventional way to remove the stain because the visible pink dye– created by bacteria’s metabolic processes – is absorbed into the vinyl substrate and is no longer on the surface. It essentially diffuses into the vinyl along the pathway of the plasticizer migration . Prevention of pink staining must be considered before exposure to harsh environments happens, which is why OEMs are seeking out anti-microbial solutions.

Bacteria, fungi and other microbes are not just a challenge for outdoor materials. They can also negatively impact the integrity of the coating film on indoor vinyl and fabric. VYNGUARD® +AM not only protects indoor materials from pink staining, it also provides a shield against bacteria and fungi as well as stains from food and chemical cleaners.

Blocking Plasticizer Migration
Manufactured flexible vinyl is cured with a combination of resin, UV- and fire-resistant performance additives, and plasticizers, whose function is to make the vinyl formulation flexible and pliable. Because the plasticizer is not chemically bound to the resin, it will migrate out of the film over time, leaving the vinyl hard and brittle. Diffusion or migration of the plasticizer directly correlates to the performance and aesthetic of the vinyl fabric. This migration will also impact the performance of traditional lacquers, as the plasticizer penetrates the protective layer of coating opening a pathway for stains and microbial growth to penetrate directly into the vinyl substrate.

VYNGUARD® coatings provide a protective layer that blocks plasticizers from migrating through the surface of the coating. Its proprietary polymer composition, high cross-link density and UV inhibitors help it exceed industry standards for resisting weathering, shedding dirt and protecting against stains. It is also highly resistant to abrasions and marring, all while matching the flexibility and pliability of the vinyl substrate. In the case of the VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate +AM topcoat, this finish has very soft haptics or hand-feel, is available in ultra-matte and gloss sheens, and can be cleaned easily with typical gentle household cleaners or water; no harsh chemicals are required. Because the polymer composition is thermally resilient, it can also be used for materials such as faux or “green” leather upholstery, wallcovering, and flooring, that are embossed with a pattern after the coating is applied at the manufacturer.

When Anti-Microbial Additives in Vinyl Aren’t Enough
More and more, vinyl manufacturers of flexible PVC, TPO and TPU are incorporating biocides and fungicides into the plastisol formulation before it’s extruded or calendared. This offers great initial protection against microbes like fungi, algae, and bacteria. But like plasticizers, these additives are prone to migration, ultimately losing their ability to inhibit microbe growth. VYNGUARD® +AM topcoats provide an extra layer of protection against the elements and block this diffusion process. Having anti-microbial protection in a concentrated finish on the surface is critical, as this is the primary point of contact for bacteria, fungi, UV, humidity and moisture.

High performance flexible vinyl products produced today contain lacquers or finishes to extend their service life and complement their aesthetics. Like any coating, finishes must last on the surface to offer these benefits long-term. VYNGUARD® performance coatings with +AM technology provide proven and long-lasting performance, making them trusted by OEMs looking to build brand advantages.

For more information on VYNGUARD® +AM and the full line of VYNGUARD® custom-engineered coating technologies that provide innovative protection for industrial vinyl, films, fabrics and textiles, visit www.vynguard.com or join the conversation at #vynguard.

VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial Coating Wins Coating Industry Award

AKRON, Ohio (November 26, 2018) – The newest VYNGUARD® formulation from APV Engineered Coatings has been recognized by the coatings industry in the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Award as the Top Product winner in the award program’s Specialty Function Coatings category.

VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial, launched to OEMs in June, is a factory-applied coating technology designed to resist degradation caused by gram-negative and positive bacteria on coating flexible vinyl and PVC surfaces. The top finish is engineered extend the aesthetics and service life of vinyl products by protecting the substrate from developing mildew, mold, bacteria and pink staining. It also has exceptional UV protection and a soft hand-feel. VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial is ideal for use in high-end wall coverings, mass transit seating, marine upholstery and fabrics, as well as flexible vinyl decking.

The PaintSquare Prestige Awards honor the people and products that make the protective, marine and industrial coatings industry work. PaintSquare’s readers chose the winners in each product category based on the products’ day-to-day utility in the field and/or shop. Award winners represent both innovative developments and tried-and-true products industry professional can’t live without.

“We congratulate APV Engineered Coatings and its VYNGUARD® brand for being selected by our readers as a product that adds value to the industry,” said Pamela Simmons, Editor-in-Chief, PaintSquare Press.

“We are honored that the innovation behind VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial has been recognized by coatings industry professionals,” said Erin Brown-Neff, Director of Marketing & Business Development, APV Engineered Coatings. “We originally engineered the new formula to meet the needs of a manufacturer of outdoor PVC printed vinyl decking. Now, we’re extending it into indoor applications where moisture, dirt, staining and bacterial contamination are common concerns.”

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 for 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 or www.VYNGUARD.com. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook by searching APV Engineered Coatings, using the handle @APVcoatings, or following #vynguard.

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APV Launches Innovative Anti-Microbial Capabilities to the Vynguard® Line of Finishes at the 2018 IFAI Expo

 

AKRON, Ohio (8/28/18) – APV will showcase VYNGUARD® performance finishes with the addition of a new anti-microbial technology at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo, October 16-18 in Dallas (booth 1047). VYNGUARD® branded finishes are comprised of eight base polymer chemistries the company custom formulates for each customer application. The featured new VYNGUARD® AM anti-microbial chemistry can be incorporated into any of the lacquer or top finish technologies. The line includes:

  • VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial Topcoat
  • VYNGUARD® Anti-Graffiti
  • VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate
  • VYNGUARD® with Kynar® PVDF
  • VYNGUARD® Weld-Able PVDF
  • VYNGUARD® Polyurethane
  • VYNGUARD® HP Acrylic
  • VYNGUARD® Vinyl Acrylic

“The IFAI Expo provides the perfect format to meet face-to-face with new prospects to discuss VYNGUARD® customized finishes and also the launch of our new anti-microbial technology,” said Erin Brown-Neff, Director of Marketing and Business Development, APV Engineered Coatings. “This year, we’re giving attendees a special incentive to visit our booth. Everyone who stops by with the APV and VYNGUARD-branded lens wipe found the show bag will be entered in a drawing to win a $300 Visa® gift card.”

VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial Coatings

An innovative example of the anti-microbial technology is APV’s newly launched VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial Topcoat. It is specifically formulated to resist film deterioration caused by gram-negative and positive bacteria on coated flexible vinyl, such as PVC and TPO, surfaces. It is ideal for extending the service life of vinyl products by protecting the fabric or substrate under harsh stain-prone environments and from developing mildew, mold and bacteria, which can cause deterioration of the paint film. It’s great haptics or hand-feel has been a popular characteristic of the coating. This aqueous lacquer has been a game changer for high-end wall coverings, mass transit seating, marine upholstery and flexible decking.

VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial Topcoat passes ASTM E1428 Standard Test Method* for Evaluating Performance of Antimicrobials in or on Polymeric Solids Against Staining by Streptomyce species (a pink stain organism), helping OEMs predict the performance of coated articles under actual field conditions.

About VYNGUARD® Coatings

Available in solvent- or water-based formulations, VYNGUARD® is a line of coating chemistries or finishes that provides a clear or pigmented protective layer that can mitigate plasticizer from migrating through the surface. The formulations exceed industry standards for UV resistance, dirt shedding, moisture resistance, severe stain protection and fungal resistance, depending on the chemistry. Pigmented topcoats or print ink formulations are made with specialty grade inorganic pigments for superior color fastness. They have long coating lifecycles and provide high-definition print reception, superior dot gain properties and excellent adhesion.

VYNGUARD® provides superior specialty fabric finishes for the following industries:

  • Automotive Upholstery, Fabrics and Components
  • Marine
  • Awnings
  • Rolled Decking
  • Furniture Fabric
  • Roofing
  • Specialty Outdoor Products
  • Contract Seating
  • Wallcoverings

About the IFAI Expo

The IFAI Expo is a dynamic event experience combining textile industry experts, manufacturers, members and attendees to deliver innovative, industry-shaping solutions. The IFAI Expo draws on more than 100 years of trade show experience in providing the specialty fabrics industry with a forum for commerce, networking, and knowledge. The show services all aspects of the advanced textiles industry including: Specialty Fabrics, Advanced Textiles, Shade & Weather Protections, and Testing Programs.

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 for some of the world’s top producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advance 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 or www.VYNGUARD.com. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook by searching APV Engineered Coatings or using the handle @APVcoatings.

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*The standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of the standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

APV Engineered Coatings Launches VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial Coating for OEMs

 

AKRON, Ohio (June 4, 2018) — APV Engineered Coatings introduces a new technology in its line of customized VYNGUARD® performance coatings and finishes for OEMs. New VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial Topcoat is specifically formulated to resist film deterioration caused by gram-negative and positive bacteria on coated flexible vinyl and PVC surfaces.

The new formula is ideal for extending the aesthetics and service life of vinyl products by protecting the fabric or substrate from developing mildew, mold and bacteria, which can cause deterioration of the paint film. VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial Topcoat is ideally used for high-end wall coverings, mass transit seating, marine upholstery, and flexible decking, in applications ranging from communal settings such as hospitality and healthcare, to marine and mass transit applications.

“We engineered the new formulation to meet the needs of a manufacturer of outdoor PVC decking material,” explained Erin Brown, director of marketing and business development, APV Engineered Coatings. “The manufacturer wanted the durability, stain performance and weldability of the thermoplastic polymer in our VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate formula, but they also wanted anti-microbial features to help resist against pink staining in wet and humid environments. Now, we’re extending this formula into indoor applications where moisture, dirt, staining and bacterial contamination are common issues.”

The new formula passes ASTM E1428 Standard Test Method* for Evaluating Performance of Antimicrobials in or on Polymeric Solids Against Staining by Streptomyce species (a pink stain organism), helping OEMs predict the performance of coated articles under actual field conditions.

“Pink staining is a typical problem with flexible vinyl materials,” added Ryan Scott, product development manager, APV Engineered Coatings. “Over time, chemical additives in the vinyl, such as plasticizers, migrate to the surface of the substrate, providing a food source for bacteria. This results in pink staining as a byproduct, which fouls and discolors the surface.”

As with the original VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate formula, the new anti-microbial coating is water-based and low in VOC. It provides a clear, protective layer that blocks plasticizer from migrating through the surface. Its unique polymer composition, high cross-link density and UV inhibitors help it exceed industry standards for resisting UV degradation, shedding dirt and protecting against stains. It is also highly resistant to abrasions and marring, while remaining flexible and pliable. Vinyl materials coated with VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial Coating have a soft feel and matte finish and can be cleaned easily with gentle household cleaners; no harsh chemicals are required. Because the polymer composition is not sensitive to heat, it can also be used for materials that are embossed.

For increased chemical and abrasion performance, VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Anti-Microbial is also available in a solvent-based, two-component option. All formulations can be applied by gravure, flow-coating or spray equipment.

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 for 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 @APVCoatings, LinkedIn at APV Engineered Coatings, Inc., and Facebook by searching APV Engineered Coatings or using the handle @APVcoatings. Join the conversation or learn more about this product using #Vynguard or visiting www.vynguard.com. Also learn more about pink staining.

*The standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of the standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

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New Video Demonstrates Anti‐Graffiti Capability of VYNGUARD® Performance Finish from APV Engineered Coatings

 

AKRON, Ohio (September 12, 2017) — Manufacturers of interior leather and upholstery components can now see performance test results for APV Engineered Coatings’ VYNGUARD® Anti‐Graffiti coating formulation. The company created a video to demonstrate how VYNGUARD® Anti‐Graffiti performs against a variety of common chemicals and stains.

“VYNGUARD® Anti‐Graffiti finishes have become popular among OEMs of interior upholstery and leather products such as contract seating and automotive components like seats, door panels and dashboards,” said Mike Couchie, VP, Sales, APV Engineered Coatings. “The coating passes 200,000 WFlex testing and 400,000 cycles of Wyzenbeek testing, providing high flexibility and abrasion resistance. It also resists blue jean dye staining without compromising its soft, premium‐leather feel. Plus, it can be formulated with anti‐bacterial and anti‐fungal additives.”

The video can be viewed at on APV’s YouTube® Channel @APVCoatings. Chemical substances tested included household cleaners, candle wax, hair dye, sidewalk deicer, bleach, crayon, marker and pen. Food stains included mustard, BBQ sauce, ketchup, blueberries, coffee, red wine, lemon juice, vegetable oil and bacon grease, as well as pink lipstick. After exposure for four hours, the surface was wiped with a dry rag, then cleaned with soap and water, an upholstery cleaner and a bleach‐and‐water solution.

Results revealed virtually no remaining residue, with the exception of faint hair dye and mustard stains. The samples were then exposed to 30 minutes of UV rays, after which both faint stains disappeared completely.

Available in solvent‐ or water‐based, VYNGUARD® is a family of performance coatings and finishes that provide an easy‐to‐apply clear, protective layer that can mitigate plasticizer from migrating through the surface. The formulations exceed industry standards for UV resistance, dirt shedding, moisture resistance, severe stain protection and fungal resistance, depending on the chemistry. Pigmented topcoats or print ink formulations are made with specialty grade inorganic pigments for superior color fastness. They have long coating lifecycles and provide high‐definition print reception, superior dot gain properties and excellent adhesion.

More information about VYNGUARD® performance coatings can be found at www.vynguard.com. To begin working with a technical representative on a custom project, click here.

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 for some of the world’s top producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advance 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 or www.VYNGUARD.com. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook by searching APV Engineered Coatings or using the handle @APVcoatings.

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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

APV Engineered Coatings to exhibit VYNGUARD® product line at the IFAI Expo 2017

 

AKRON, Ohio (June 26, 2017) – APV will exhibit at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo 2017 in New Orleans from September 26-29. The company’s booth (#2422) will showcase its VYNGUARD® performance finishes product line, which includes specialty fabric and leather hide applications. The line – originally launched for use with non-woven, vinyl substrates – includes seven base chemistries the company custom formulates for each customer. The line includes:

  • VYNGUARD® Anti-Graffiti
  • VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate
  • VYNGUARD® with Kynar® PVDF
  • VYNGUARD® Weld-Able PVDF
  • VYNGUARD® Polyurethane
  • VYNGUARD® HP Acrylic
  • VYNGUARD® Vinyl Acrylic

“The IFAI Expo provides the perfect format to meet face-to-face with new prospects to discuss how our VYNGUARD® coatings and finishes can be customized to improve the performance of their products,” said Erin Brown-Neff, Director of Marketing and Business Development, APV Engineered Coatings.

Available in solvent- or water-based formulations, VYNGUARD® is a line of coating chemistries or finishes that provides a clear or pigmented protective layer that can mitigate plasticizer from migrating through the surface. The formulations exceed industry standards for UV resistance, dirt shedding, moisture resistance, severe stain protection and fungal resistance, depending on the chemistry. Pigmented topcoats or print ink formulations are made with specialty grade inorganic pigments for superior color fastness. They have long coating lifecycles and provide high-definition print reception, superior dot gain properties and excellent adhesion.

VYNGUARD® provides superior specialty fabric finishes for the following industries:

  • Automotive Upholstery, Fabrics and Components
  • Marine
  • Awnings
  • Rolled Decking
  • Furniture Fabric
  • Roofing
  • Specialty Outdoor Products
  • Contract Seating
  • Wallcoverings

 
About the IFAI Expo

The IFAI Expo is a dynamic event experience combining textile industry experts, manufacturers, members and attendees to deliver innovative, industry-shaping solutions. The IFAI Expo draws on more than 100 years of trade show experience in providing the specialty fabrics industry with a forum for commerce, networking, and knowledge. The show services all aspects of the advanced textiles industry including: Specialty Fabrics, Advanced Textiles, Shade & Weather Protections, and Testing Programs.

 
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 for some of the world’s top producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advance 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 or www.VYNGUARD.com. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook by searching APV Engineered Coatings or using the handle @APVcoatings.

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

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

APV Engineered Coatings had a Successful Exhibit at the IFAI Expo 2016

APV Announces VYNGUARD® Contest Winners from IFAI

AKRON, Ohio (October 28, 2016)- APV Engineered Coatings hosted a booth at the 2016 IFAI Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina last week to showcase their re-released VYNGUARD® product line.  VYNGUARD, a series of lacquer chemistries custom formulated for each customer, was originally launched for use with non-woven, vinyl substrates.  The company has now engineered additional formulations for use on specialty woven fabrics and leather hide applications.

“Flexible fabrics and vinyl manufacturing is one of our fastest growing markets and the VYNGUARD® brand is receiving excellent reviews from the industry. Our current customers have had such success in the field that we wanted to expand our presence into a broader arena… the IFAI show provided us the perfect setting to do that,” said Mike Couchie, Vice President of Sales.

APV acquired several domestic and international opportunities, which will be handled by the company’s sales and technical R&D departments. Applications include truck tarpaulins, fabrics for outdoor building products, specialty clothing, and marine covers, among others. APV’s engineers and technical experts have deep-rooted knowledge in the formulation of unique chemical technologies to optimize performance in the field or end-use.

“We want to thank everyone that stopped by our booth this year,” said Erin Brown-Neff, Director of Marketing and Business Development. “We’d also like to congratulate our contest winners!”

The winners were randomly selected from APV’s pool of booth visitors. The company will be awarding $500 Visa® Gift cards to Aaron Bell of Majilite Corporation and Cristy Benson of Ultratech. APV will also be awarding a Bushnell® Tour V3 Rangefinder to Seckin Ozol of Transhield Inc.

APV plans to exhibit at IFAI Expo next year in New Orleans. They plan to introduce more line extensions to the VYNGUARD® brand as they begin to commercialize chemistries with innovative performance polymers, environmental compliance, and excellent bond strength to new substrates.

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 for some of the world’s top producing manufacturers due to its expertise in chemical and coating composition, the commercialization of advance 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 or www.VYNGUARD.com . Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook by searching APV Engineered Coatings, or with the handle @APVcoatings.

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Media Contact:

Linda Barlow

lbarlow416@gmail.com / 267-481-0502

Company Contact:    

Erin Brown

EBrown@apvcoatings.com / 330-773-8911 x244