APV Engineered Coatings Demonstrated Agility & Resiliency in 2020

AKRON, Ohio (1/25/2021) – APV Engineered Coatings started 2021 ready to build on the gains it experienced during one of the most challenging years in recent history. The company – an essential business that remained open and operating during the COVID-19 pandemic – pivoted to help meet public health needs while continuing to serve its customer base with specialty chemical products that contributed to the economy and kept other businesses moving forward.


“During years like this, many companies fail to realize the gains from intangible assets and instead, chase turnover ratios and revenue,” said David Venarge, Chairman, APV Engineered Coatings. “Throughout 2020, one of our largest achievements was exercising our character as a company. Although integrity, empathy, transparency, humility, and grit may be difficult to measure, they are equally powerful and essential to a growing business.”

APV has produced over 1 million gallons of surface
disinfectants under private label for several customers.

Manufacturing Milestones

APV’s manufacturing headquarters in Akron became an EPA-Registered Facility in 2020, receiving its designation as EPA Establishment No.96197-oh-1. The registration certifies the company’s production of pesticides and active ingredients in a designated facility.

In March, as the COVID pandemic swept the world and demand for cleaning and sanitizing products skyrocketed, APV’s field service engineering team designed and built a new multi-head filling line inside a renovated 6,000 square foot area of the facility to be used for disinfectant production. The line, which is still in operation, has produced over 1 million gallons of surface disinfectants under private label for several customers that needed to quickly increase capacity to meet critical health and safety needs.

“We were honored to contribute to the emergent public health crisis by helping disinfectant manufacturers ramp up their production output,” said Mike Couchie, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, APV Engineered Coatings. “Our new, safe manufacturing and filling line was operational in record time to streamline throughput and sustain quality for our contract partners.”

APV’s private label and contract manufacturing, which grew 30 percent year-over-year in 2020, represents 31 percent of APV’s total revenues, an increase of 9 percent over 2019.

In other facility news, the company also completed the construction of an additional warehouse, which brings 20,000 square feet of warehouse space to its 14-acre campus. The warehouse was built to house materials and packaging necessary to support the increase in production volume.

 
Product Innovations

APV continued its focus on creating new custom chemical formulations for a range of unique applications in 2020. For example, the company:

  • Formulated innovative VYNGUARD® Durable Water Repellent (DWR) hydrophobic coatings for outdoor fabrics, clothing, and personal protective apparel.
  • Expanded VYNGUARD® Anti-Microbial coating chemistries with extreme resistance to disinfectants and cleaners for vinyl wallcovering, contract seating, and other applications.
  • Introduced a new UV-curable technology in the VYNGUARD® brand for marine and automotive fabric, such as covers, Bimini tops, as well as convertible and jeep soft tops.
  • Customized formulations under the KAPGUARD® line of high-performance PVDF-based coatings for building products made of polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, fiberglass reinforced plastic and other materials.
  • Created a highly unique anti-microbial coating for high-purity air filtration systems.

In addition to the successful launch of these new products, APV saw sales of existing products increase in 2020. The company’s NeverFade® brand enjoyed a 205 percent year-over-year sales growth, helping the company’s total portfolio of architectural building products achieve a 15 percent year-over-year sales growth. The architectural building products portfolio now represents 10 percent of APV’s total revenues, a growth of two percent over 2019.

Industry Leadership and Accolades

Inside APV’s newly constructed 20,000 square foot warehouse to support the increase in production volume.

APV demonstrated flexibility in 2020 as many industry events and conferences switched to online formats. For example, the company exhibited at the first virtual IFAI Expo in November.

APV, along with its supplier partner Arkema, Inc., also worked with the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) to develop a new specification that raises the bar for color retention. The SSPC Paint 47 standard was officially approved and issued at the end of December.

“This is the first standard for high-performance, field-applied coatings in darker and saturated colors,” said Couchie. “APV contributed to the effort by providing samples of NeverFade® for a blind study comparing different coating chemistries.”

APV, one of PCI Magazine’s Top 25 North American Paint Manufacturers, had its fair share of industry accolades in 2020 as well.

It received a PaintSquare Elevation Award in the Renovation/Retrofit category for a façade restoration project at the Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options facility in Sunrise, Fla. The project used NeverFade® Coatings with Kynar Aquatec® to give the 43,000-square-foot facility a fresh, welcoming new look and a 30-year extended service life.

APV also won the 2020 Metal Architecture Design Award in the Renovations and Retrofit category for a project that used NeverFade® Coatings to give a clean, factory-like finish to the anodized aluminum exterior of a 45-year-old, 18-story, Class-A office building in Newport Beach, California.

“For more than a decade, building owners and project specifiers have turned to NeverFade® Coatings to extend the life of their properties,” said Couchie. “We are honored that industry professionals recognize the value, quality and cost-efficient investment of NeverFade® for sustainably lengthening the life of building facades.”

An Exciting Year Ahead in 2021

APV expects demand for its unique chemistries and products to grow in 2021 and added a third shift in 2020 to help meet the need. The company also plans to make significant investments in new manufacturing equipment and a next-generation manufacturing area to support its NeverFade® and architectural building products business.

“APV demonstrated a concerted effort to adapt to change in 2020 and that spirit of agility and resiliency will continue throughout 2021 and beyond,” said Thomas Venarge, President, APV Engineered Coatings. “We look forward to getting back to business as usual, creating new jobs and contributing to the growth of the Ohio and U.S. economy.”</>

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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High-Performance Exterior Coatings Protect Biotech Office Center From 20+ Years of Future Weathering Damage

Sleepy Hollow, New York (12/22/2020) – Home to several high-profile tenants since its construction in the early 1970s, the 1 Rockwood office building now occupied by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., recently underwent a complete restoration of its façade using NeverFade® Exterior Restoration Coatings with Kynar Aquatec® from APV Engineered Coatings. The restoration project will help the building resist exterior fading and degradation for at least 20 years.

Preparing the Surface

Stuart Dean Company, a national Certified Applicator of NeverFade® Coating Systems, conducted the five-month restoration of 40,000 square feet of exterior aluminum panels. According to Chris Incorvaia, National Manager of Façade Restoration, Stuart Dean Company, the 20-technician crew started by preparing the surface for coating application.

“The aluminum panels had been previously field-painted with an acrylic polyurethane,” he said. “That previous coating had degraded significantly due to UV exposure and weathering.”

NeverFade® Coatings were an ideal choice for the project, he said, because they can be used on previously painted surfaces. The coatings contain Kynar Aquatec®, a water-based PVDF resin that does not need to be baked, making it ideal for air-dry, field-applied coatings.

“NeverFade® is a premium, weather-resistant coating that can be easily applied to a variety of substrates,” Incorvaia added, noting that the coating system meets the same requirements of factory coatings using American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Publication No. AAMA 2605-13.

Proper surface conditions are crucial to achieving good coating adhesion and long life, so the Stuart Dean team was careful to fully prepare the surface. They started by removing sealants from all joints: metal to metal, metal to glass, and along window perimeters. These sealants were replaced 72 hours after the final topcoat. Next, they washed all surfaces to remove environmental contaminants such as chlorides and nitrates. Finally, they prepared the surface for the new coating by scuffing and sanding it to achieve a 1.0-1.5-mil anchor profile in accordance with NACE surface preparation guidelines.

Smooth Application

Before applying the coating system, the Stuart Dean crew masked windows and adjacent surfaces to protect them. Then, they began the coating application, starting with one coat and 1.00-1.25 mils DFT of APV’s W-1650 Bonding Primer, which was roll-applied.

W-1650 Bonding Primer is a unique chemistry designed to adhere directly to metal and to tough coated surfaces, such as Kynar 500®, siliconized polyester, and powder coatings.

“The advanced, water-based and low-VOC chemistry provides early water resistance, protects against corrosion and applies with a smooth, uniform finish, delivering optimum aesthetics to the coating system,” said Erin Neff, Director of Marketing and Business Development, APV Engineered Coatings.

The primer was followed by 2 coats and 2.00 mils DFT of the NeverFade® Metal Restoration Topcoat, also applied by roller. NeverFade® provides a superior factory-like finish in a field-applied coating. Its advanced formulation is engineered for extreme UV protection, as well as resistance to algae, fungal growth, abrasion, dirt pickup and stains. APV offered 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.

As it does with all NeverFade® projects, APV custom matched the topcoat in a color selected by the building owner – in this case colonial white.

“A high-performance coating is critical for white exterior surfaces, especially in damp environments like this building,” Neff explained. “When traditional latexes and urethanes break down under harsh UV rays, the paint film degrades, turning chalky, and eventually erodes away. That chalkiness is not always noticeable up against the white surface, but paint is losing its protective qualities. A chalked surface also becomes a food source for mold and mildew growth and makes conditions ripe for dirt collection.”

Throughout the entire coating process, the Stuart Dean crew paid special attention to ambient environmental conditions.

“The building is located on wetlands and is subjected to a high concentration of moisture and precipitation,” Incorvaia said. “To maintain quality control and ensure the long-term performance of the coating system, we diligently measured air temperature, surface temperature, relative humidity and dew point. Coatings were only applied when those conditions fell within APV’s approved parameters.”

The coating crew also operated under strict safety protocols, which were detailed after conducting a job hazard analysis and developing a site-specific safety plan. Crew members were certified in the use of the stationary scaffold and boom lifts from which they accessed the panels. They wore full body harnesses with lanyards fastened to anchor points.

“We had a supervisor onsite during the entire project to ensure all processes and procedures were being followed,” Incorvaia said. “We also inspected all access equipment and personal fall protection gear before each use. Plus, we installed barriers around the work area for pedestrian flow control and safety.”

“Along with quality, Stuart Dean’s attention to safety is one of the reasons we have designated them as a NeverFade® National Certified Applicator,” Neff said. “Only approved or certified status applicators can purchase and install NeverFade® to comply with our warranty program.”

Extended Building Life with Minimal Disruption

The exterior restoration was completed within five months, and the building remained fully occupied during the entire project. Tenant disruption and risk were kept to a minimum, thanks to Stuart Dean’s strict safety protocols and the low-odor, low-VOC NeverFade® coating system.

The protective coating system extended the service life of the aluminum panel system by 20+ years and prevented the panels from having to be replaced, a time-consuming process whose cost was estimated at four to five times the cost of the restoration conducted.

“The 1 Rockwood project is another example of building owners and project specifiers trusting the value, quality and cost-efficient investment of NeverFade® Coatings to sustainably extend the life of their valuable real estate with minimal disruption,” Neff concluded.

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 apvcoatings.com or neverfadecoatings.com. Join the conversation by using #NeverFadeCoatings, #KynarAquatec and follow us @APVCoatings.

NeverFade® is a registered trademark belonging to APV Engineered Coatings Inc. sold under a trademark license from Arkema Inc., owner of the Kynar®, Kynar Aquatec®, and Kynar 500® registered trademarks.

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.

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.

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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
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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

APV Engineered Coatings Promotes Low-VOC Exterior Restoration Solutions At Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit

 

NeverFade® Exterior Coatings with Kynar Aquatec® Resin Save Time and Money by
Lengthening the Lifecycle of Building Facades
Backed by 15-Year Product-and-Labor Warranty

 

AKRON, Ohio (11/8/2017) — APV Engineered Coatings will exhibit for the first time this year at the Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit and Exposition, November 28-29, at the Pasadena Convention Center (Booth 226). The company’s exhibit will help school administrators, maintenance directors and facility managers learn how to save money and sustainably extend the life of their building exteriors with its award-winning NeverFade® Exterior Coatings with Kynar Aquatec® resin.

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 Mike Couchie, Vice President of Sales, APV Engineered Coatings. “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 30 years in harsh UV-prone environments without requiring re-coating.”

The warranty is one reason that Solano Community College in California chose the product to recoat its relatively new but severely chalked and faded Vallejo and Vacaville Center campuses. NeverFade® helped the college save more than $48,000. If the college had selected a premium latex exterior paint, they likely would have had to recoat every five years, at a cost of $16,000-$18,000 per job.

The product and its cost-savings potential were also recognized this year by prestigious national publisher, BUILDINGS Magazine, as a recipient of its 2017 Money-Saving Products award.

New Formula for Architectural Metal Applications

Earlier this year, APV launched a new NeverFade® topcoat to completely restore metal facades so that they look and perform just as though they have a new factory finish. The new topcoat is called NeverFade® Metal Restoration Topcoat and it 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 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 the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition

The eleventh annual Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition comes to the Pasadena Convention Center November 28-29. General session speakers will include Environmental Charter Schools founder Alison Suffet Diaz, School Energy Coalition executive director Anna Fererra and Ten Strands founder Will Parish. Through an Expo with over 100 companies and dozens of educational sessions, the Summit showcases the best practices and technologies behind successful green school programs. Keynotes and exhibit hall are free. For more information and to register, go to www.green-technology.org or call 626-577-5700.

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.

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

NeverFade® with Kynar® Coating System Awarded as “Money Saving Product” By National Facility Management Publisher

 

BUILDINGS Magazine Selects APV Engineered Coatings Product for Elite Group

AKRON, Ohio (June 13, 2017) — BUILDINGS Magazine, the leading national publication serving the professional facility management industry, has selected NeverFade® Exterior Coating from APV Engineered Coatings as recipient of its 2017 Money-Saving Products award. The magazine’s editorial staff chose NeverFade® Exterior Coating with Kynar Aquatec® resin for its cost-savings potential and relevance to commercial building management.

The product is a member of an elite group of 41 products showcased in the June 2017 issue of BUILDINGS and online at www.BUILDINGS.com. Finalists were evaluated by the BUILDINGS editorial staff for the money-saving qualities they offer to building owners and facility managers in areas such as energy efficiency, water savings, and maintenance.

“Everyone at APV is honored and thrilled that this prestigious national publisher has recognized NeverFade®,” said Erin Brown, Director of Marketing and Business Development, APV Engineered Coatings.

NeverFade® Exterior Coatings are a line of water-based, low-VOC exterior coating for metal, concrete, stucco, masonry and vinyl siding applications. The coatings contain Kynar Aquatec®, a PVDF resin known as a tough, engineering thermoplastic that maintains high stability when exposed to harsh thermal, chemical and ultraviolet environments. They resist fading, dirt, staining, algae, mold, fungal growth and corrosion. APV Engineered Coatings manufactures each batch of NeverFade® to order and custom color matches the product to the customer’s specifications.

“We are so confident in the performance of NeverFade® that we offer a 15-year warranty on fade performance,” says Brown. “This warranty is unique because it doesn’t just cover the cost of the product. It also covers labor costs.”

As an example of the money-savings potential of the NeverFade® Exterior Coating System, Brown points to Solano Community College in Vallejo, Calif. The college was able to save more than $48,000 in paint and labor costs by choosing the product to repaint its relatively new, but severely faded building. If the college had selected a premium latex exterior paint, they likely would have had to repaint every five years, at a cost of $16,000-$18,000 per paint job.

“Fifteen years is quite a long time for paint to sustain its color in the type of high UV-exposed environment we have,” said the college’s facility manager. “That longevity saves us a tremendous amount in maintenance costs and labor. And that doesn’t even take into account the ‘soft costs’ associated with the building’s appearance.”

In April, APV Engineered Coatings extended the NeverFade® product line with NeverFade® Façade Restoration for architectural metal applications. The new line consists of primer and Kynar®-based topcoat systems for use with carbon steel, stainless steel, bare aluminum and anodized aluminum in water and solvent-based formulations.

About BUILDINGS

BUILDINGS Media serves more than 74,000 commercial building owners and facility managers in North America. Its magazine, newsletters and website provide information that helps subscribers and users make smarter decisions about managing, operating and renovating their facilities.

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. 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.

Kynar® and Kynar Aquatec® are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.

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