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.

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.

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

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

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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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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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APV Engineered Coatings to exhibit their VYNGUARD® product line at the IFAI Expo 2016

AKRON, Ohio (September 26, 2016)- APV will be exhibiting at the IFAI Expo 2016 in Charlotte, NC from October 19th-21st and showcasing their re-released VYNGUARD® performance coatings line which now includes specialty fabrics, 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

“We have been looking forward to exhibiting our VYNGUARD® product line atifai-booth-2013 the IFAI Expo since re-releasing it earlier this year,” said Erin Brown-Neff, Director of Marketing and Business Development for APV Engineered Coatings. “The IFAI Expo provides the perfect format to meet face-to-face with new prospects to discuss how our VYNGUARD® chemistries can be customized for their products.”

Available in solvent- or water-based, VYNGUARD® chemistries 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.

VYNGUARD® is focused on providing superior specialty fabric finishes for the following industries:

  • Automotive
  • 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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New Video Demonstrates Exceptional Stain Performance Of VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate from APV Engineered Coatings

AKRON, Ohio (9/7/2016) — Vinyl and fabric manufacturers searching for stain-resistant coating chemistries can now easily see related test results for APV Engineered Coatings’ recently re-launched VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Coating formulation. The company has launched a video that shows how VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate performs when exposed to a number of common chemical and food stains.

“We’ve made huge strides with our VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate chemistry improving its durability, abrasion resistance, and long-term UV performance,” said Mike Couchie, VP, Sales, APV Engineered Coatings. “It also provides exceptional dirt shedding and stain resistance for applications such as rolled decking, awning material and high-end wall coverings.”

The video, which can be viewed at https://youtu.be/P4fvisCyzcU, demonstrates the superior performance of VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate when applied to a printed and embossed vinyl decking material and subsequently exposed for four hours to a wide range of chemical agents and common stains.

Chemical substances included four different consumer cleaning chemicals, candle wax, hair dye, de-icer granules, bleach, crayon, marker and pen. Food stains included mustard, BBQ sauce, ketchup, blueberries, coffee, wine, lemon juice, vegetable oil, lipstick and bacon grease. After exposure, the surfaces were wiped with a dry rag, then cleaned with soap and water, an upholstery cleaner and a bleach-and-water solution.

Results revealed no change in gloss, blistering, softening, swelling or adhesion of the VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate coating after the four-hour test. The samples were then exposed to sunlight for 8.5 hours, after which any slight remaining discolorations were removed completely.

Available in solvent- or water-based, VYNGUARD® chemistries 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 obtain a product sample, 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 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.

 

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Lon Bauer Joins APV Engineered Coatings as Product Development Manager

Lon BauerAKRON, Ohio (May 10, 2016) — APV Engineered Coatings adds to its staff of coating chemistry professionals with the hire of Lon Bauer as product development manager. Bauer will be responsible for developing new coatings for flexible films and textiles, including development work on the company’s VYNGUARD® line of premium high-performance coatings.

Bauer’s background includes 25+ years in the chemical industry and 20+ years in the coatings industry. Over his career, he has developed chemistries for adhesives, graphic arts, functional coatings, paper coatings, inks, paints and flexible film coatings. Prior to joining APV, Bauer was responsible for developing a formaldehyde-free upholstery coating and a water-based lid coating. He received two patents for his development of a heat seal re-seal coating.

“Lon brings a tremendous amount of expertise to our technical team,” said John Russell, VP, technical director, APV Coatings. “We look forward to his contributions — especially as we extend VYNGUARD® from its traditional use with non-woven, vinyl substrates into new specialty fabric and leather hide applications.”

Bauer, who holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Cleveland State University, lives in Wadsworth, Ohio, where he enjoys camping, hiking, working on cars, and spending time with his two children.

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 with 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.

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

APV Engineered Coatings Promotes John Russell to VP

AKRONJohn,Ohio (March 28, 2016) — APV Engineered Coatings, a custom formulator and manufacturer of industrial coatings and advanced chemical products, has promoted John Russell to the position of Vice President and Technical Director. In his new position, Russell will be responsible for managing staff chemists, quality control, and formulation and production troubleshooting.

“John has been instrumental to the success of APV Engineered Coatings’ research and new product development efforts,” said Thomas Venarge, President. “He is an accomplished coatings development chemist with 20 years of research in engineering and commercializing advanced chemistries.”

Russell, a resident of New Philadelphia, Ohio, has worked for APV for 16 years as a chemist. In this position, he was responsible for formulating coatings and adhesives and scaling up products for production. Since joining APV, he has focused on high-performance coatings for flexible films and advanced textiles. He has successfully engineered chemistries with new-to-market advances in anti-graffiti properties, hydrophobic and hydrophilic functionality and superior outdoor weathering characteristics.

Prior to his role at APV, Russell has developed silicon-based coating chemistries for non-stick metal bakeware. Throughout his career, he has produced a broad range of water and solvent-based polymer formulations solving some of the industry’s most challenging performance criteria with scalable, practical and application-friendly solutions.

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 with 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.

APV ENGINEERED COATINGS EXTENDS VYNGUARD® PERFORMANCE COATINGS INTO WOVEN FABRIC & LEATHER HIDE APPLICATIONS

Substantial Improvements Made to VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate Formulation

AKRON, Ohio (January 25, 2016) —VYNGUARD®, a line of premium, high-performance coatings and finishes for long-term performance, is now available for 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.

As part of the product re-launch, the company has made substantial improvements to its unique VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate formulation. Thanks to a custom-developed polymer, VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate now has improved abrasion resistance, improved surface tension for a softer and smoother finish, and additional UV inhibitors. It also provides exceptional dirt shedding and stain resistance for applications such as rolled decking, awning material and high-end wall coverings.

Available in solvent- or water-based, VYNGUARD® chemistries provide an easy-to-apply clear, protective layer that can mitigate 100 percent of plasticizer from migrating through the surface. They exceed industry standards for UV resistance, dirt shedding, moisture resistance, severe stain protection and fungal resistance, depending on the chemistry. Colored 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® has become quite popular in the specialty fabrics industry thanks to its proven performance and our custom development services,” says Mike Couchie, vice president, Sales & Marketing, APV Engineered Coatings. “This is not an off-the-shelf product. We formulate our chemistry and adjust its performance properties to meet each customer’s exact specification. We also help our customers integrate our chemistries into their manufacturing processes, assist with product trials, design and install application equipment and offer guidance on existing processes.”

Close up_gravure roll on striped vinyl awningRange of Applications
VYNGUARD® is ideal for coating applicators, material manufacturers and OEMs in a number of industries. The coatings can be applied to substrates via dip coat, gravure, roll coat, spray and rotary screen methods.

Following are a few examples of how the VYNGUARD® chemistry can be custom-formulated to meet specific customer needs:

  • Automotive — VYNGUARD® Anti-graffiti passes 200,000 W-Flex testing and 400,000 cycles of Wyzenbeek testing, proving high flexibility and abrasion resistance for automotive upholstery applications. This anti-graffiti chemistry also resists blue jean dye staining without compromising the soft, premium leather feel. Other automotive applications include door panels and dashboards.
  • Marine — VYNGUARD® with Kynar Aquatec® has excellent stain performance, anti-fungal properties, withstands harsh UV radiation and improves dirt shedding in marine upholstery applications. The company’s VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate formula contains UV-absorbing additives and offers superior abrasion resistance, making it ideal for boat flooring applications.
  • Outdoor Building Products — VYNGUARD® with Kynar Aquatec® is ideal for awnings, rolled decking, furniture fabric, roofing and specialty outdoor products. This can be formulated as a clear top finish or pigmented for products requiring stripes and other printed patterns. VYNGUARD® Weldable PVDF is ideal for products such as flexible roofing and decking membrane, which require welding in the field and outstanding outdoor weathering performance.
  • Contract Seating — VYNGUARD® Anti-graffiti can be formulated with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal additives to make upholstered seating in hospitals cleaner, safer, and stain resistant. Sharpie® marker, coffee, catsup, mustard, and iodine can easily be removed from the surface. VYNGUARD® Polycarbonate also is used on upholstery for seating found in hotels, restaurants, mass transit, and offices.
  • Wallcovering — Manufacturers of commercial wallcoverings count on VYNGUARD® Urethane and Acrylic to provide long-lasting protection while maintaining the integrity of colors, textures and patterns.More information about VYNGUARD® performance coatings can be found at www.vynguard.com. To obtain a product sample, 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 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.

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