Arkema to Introduce New Specification Guides at METALCON

Arkema Inc.will present its Kynar 500 FSF and Kynar Aquatec polyvinylidene fluoride resins used in high-performance coatings, along with Bostik’s hurricane-resistant adhesive products, at METALCON 2017, to be held Oct. 18–21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Kynar 500 FSF resin-based coatings for aluminum, galvanized steel and aluminized steel exceed the exterior AAMA 2605 specification for resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals. This next-generation Kynar 500 PVDF technology can also contribute to LEED credits, as it is produced using a patented fluorosurfactant-free process. 

According to the company, Kynar Aquatec PVDF emulsions provide the same long-lasting protection as Kynar 500 resin-based coatings in an easy-to-apply waterborne form. Given their excellent weatherability and exceptional resistance to dirt pickup and biological growth, Kynar Aquatec resin-based coatings offer a high-performance solution for metal restoration and repair projects, as well as a variety of other applications.
 
At the show, Arkema Inc. will introduce its new Kynar Aquatec specification guides for façade restoration and cool roof coatings applications. Each 14-page guide is divided into the Construction Specifier Institute’s three-part format and written in concise language to facilitate the evaluation of coating systems for meeting a metal restoration or cool-roof project’s long life, durability and sustainability goals.

During the event, Bostik, an Arkema company, will also present its full line of “smart adhesives” and sealants for a wide variety of metal construction applications. These high-performance products provide unprimed adhesion to Kynar 500 FSF and Kynar Aquatec resin-based coatings, are hurricane-strong (Miami-Dade County hurricane-approved) and come with a best-in-class warranty.
 
The new specification guides on field-applied fluoropolymer coatings for façade restoration and cool-roof applications will abe available at the Arkema exhibit at METALCON (booth 923). For more information, visit kynar500.comkynaraquatec.com and bostik-industrial.com.

Modified Acrylic Latex Binders Are Designed for Restoration of TPO Roofing Membranes

Arkema Coating Resins, a business unit of Arkema, has added to its line of waterborne binders for use in formulating roof coatings.

Arkema Coating Resins, a business unit of Arkema, has added to its line of waterborne binders for use in formulating roof coatings.

Arkema Coating Resins, a business unit of Arkema, has added to its line of waterborne binders for use in formulating roof coatings. The new product is ENCOR Flex 192, a modified acrylic latex binder designed for coatings used in the restoration of low-slope, commercial thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing membranes. Properly formulated, ENCOR Flex 192 offers outstanding dirt pickup resistance and adhesion to TPO, and can eliminate the need for a solvent primer to help lower roof maintenance and restoration costs.

The AC Cool Roof Binder systems are based on Kynar Aquatec PVDF binders, developed by Arkema’s fluoropolymer group, and ENCOR Flex polymers from Arkema Coating Resins.

Currently three systems are available, allowing greater formulation flexibility across different applications:

  • AC III Binder System – This system uses a Kynar Aquatec FMA-12 PVDF based topcoat and ENCOR Flex 187 all acrylic or ENCOR Flex 192 modified acrylic basecoat to provide the highest possible level of performance and durability. It is designed primarily for the most demanding cool roof coating applications.
  • AC II Binder System – Utilizing a proprietary ENCOR Flex 187 all acrylic polymer or ENCOR Flex 192 modified acrylic latex, this base and topcoat system delivers excellent performance and meets ASTM D-6083, “Standard Specification for Liquid Applied Acrylic Coating Used in Roofing.”
  • AC I Binder System – This ENCOR Flex 3186 styrene acrylic system provides a good mix of performance and value for less demanding applications.

Arkema Celebrates 50 Years of Kynar 500 Weatherable Resin

Kynar 500 resin is used in long-life coatings that protect some of the world's iconic buildings, including The Pyramid of Louvre in Paris.

Kynar 500 resin is used in long-life coatings that protect some of the world’s iconic buildings, including The Pyramid of Louvre in Paris.

Arkema Inc. has launched an integrated marketing campaign to commemorate 50 years of Kynar 500 resin-based coatings.

Introduced in 1965, Kynar 500 is a weatherable resin for creating long-life coatings with the capability to retain color and gloss. Today, coatings formulated with this pioneering fluoropolymer chemistry provide billions of square feet of protection against weathering, aging and pollution on commercial, industrial, institutional and residential buildings around the globe.

The integrated marketing program, “Kynar 500—The Best Get It,” includes a commemorative 50th anniversary logo, an email campaign, promotions at industry trade shows, public relations, and advertisements in print and online media outlets. Central to the 50th anniversary celebration is an anniversary microsite on kynar500.com that greets visitors with a series of videos showcasing iconic buildings around the world that, with the help of Kynar 500 architectural coatings, have stood the test of time. On the microsite’s landing page, users can download the augmented reality app Aurasma to stay connected to the celebration all year long by scanning the Kynar 500 50th anniversary logo wherever it appears. The anniversary celebration also includes a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, and Google+ that will allow followers to engage with the brand in new and exciting ways.
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Max Chemical Becomes Trademark Licensee of Kynar Aquatec

Arkema Inc. has announced that Max Chemical Inc. is now a trademark licensee of Kynar Aquatec high-performance coating technology in North America. Max Chemical uses Kynar Aquatec PVDF latex as the basis for its Crossco MaxWhite ultra-durable roof coating product.

“Max Chemical has been providing quality products to builders, developers, contractors and hardware stores in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean for more than 30 years and we are delighted to welcome them to our family of Kynar Aquatec PVDF licensees,” said James Feorino, global market manager at Arkema. “Our licensing program provides a growth platform for strong regional roof coatings brands, such as Crossco MaxWhite, by capitalizing on the performance-enhancing benefits of our advanced emulsion technology.”

Kynar Aquatec high performance coating technology is an innovative platform of emulsions that enable formulators to produce ultra-durable water-based coatings with low VOC levels below 100 grams/liter. Coatings formulated with these emulsions provide the durability and performance of traditional Kynar 500 resin-based coatings and can easily be applied to a variety of substrates. Given their low-VOC waterborne character, excellent weatherability and ability to be formulated with IR reflective pigments for lasting building efficiency, the Kynar Aquatec emulsions offer sustainable coating solutions for a wide variety of building requirements.

“We are pleased to become an official licensee of the Kynar Aquatec PVDF emulsion for our Crossco MaxWhite roof coating as we are always striving to embrace innovative technology to differentiate our products,” said Ignacio Cotto, technical director at Max Chemical. “This agreement gives us important advantages in terms of material, supply and support, and we will be able to provide our customers with a sustainable, long-life roof coating with outstanding durability, low maintenance and high thermal reflectivity.”

Designed for application as a protective topcoat, Crossco MaxWhite coating formulated with Kynar Aquatec PVDF provides exceptional performance in thermal reflectivity, color stability and weather resistance over new or existing roof surfaces. This innovative coating product exhibits strong adhesive characteristics and dries to a tough, durable finish that withstands years of wind, rain, dust and heat exposure. Crossco MaxWhite is available through Pro-Seal Distributors in Puerto Rico and through CTI Imports Inc. in Florida.

Quest Construction Products Is Trademark Licensee of Kynar Aquatec Coating Technology

Arkema Inc. is pleased to announce that Quest Construction Products is now a trademark licensee of Kynar Aquatec high-performance coating technology in North America. Quest Construction Products uses Kynar Aquatec technology as the basis for its Kymax brand of protective coatings for new or existing roof surfaces.

“While we have a long history of partnering with Quest Construction Products on their high-quality Kymax coatings, it gives us great pleasure to welcome them as an official licensee of Kynar Aquatec,” said Vince Casmirri, marketing manager of architectural coatings at Arkema Inc. “Our licensing program is a key component of our strategy to provide customers the support and innovative technology they need to succeed, and we are pleased with the outstanding recognition that Kymax coatings has achieved in the cool white roof market.”

Kynar Aquatec is an innovative platform of emulsions for producing premium water-based coatings with low VOC levels below 100 grams/liter. Coatings formulated with these emulsions can provide the durability and performance of traditional Kynar 500 resin-based coatings and can easily be applied to a variety of substrates, including metals, plastics, wood, concrete, textiles and previously painted surfaces. Given their low-VOC waterborne character, excellent durability and weatherability, and ability to be formulated with IR reflective pigments for lasting building efficiency, the Kynar Aquatec emulsions offer sustainable coating solutions for a wide variety of building requirements.

“We are extremely pleased to have been selected as an official trademark licensee of Kynar Aquatec latex,” said Michelle Carlin, product manager at Quest Construction Products. “This program provides a growth platform for strong brand owners in the architectural roof coatings market by capitalizing on the proven success of Kynar Aquatec technology by Arkema.”

Kymax coatings are manufactured using Kynar Aquatec emulsions to deliver the proven durability and performance of traditional Kynar PVDF coatings. However, rather than requiring high-temperature baking, they are air-dry finishes that cure at ambient temperatures. Designed as a liquid applied roofing product over new or existing roofs, Kymax provides the ultimate in reflectivity, color stability, algae resistance and weatherability. It is also certified to meet ENERGY STAR, Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC), LEED and California Title 24 reflectance and emissivity criteria.

Arkema Presents Technical Paper about Environmentally Safer Coating Systems

Arkema Inc. presented a technical paper on a high-performance, environmentally safer coating system for optimizing the protection of artistic and historic metalwork at the SSPC 2014 Conference on Feb. 11. SSPC 2014, held in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., serves as an international forum at which contractors, consultants, inspectors, engineers, paint/equipment manufacturers, and structure/facility owners exchange the latest research and technologies in the coatings industry. The event’s GreenCOAT technical program emphasizes innovations, the latest advances in eco-conscious coating technology, and developments for complying with green regulations.

With decreasing maintenance budgets, caretakers of our outdoor monuments, sculptures, and high-value architectural metalwork face formidable preservation challenges. In response to this urgent issue, the conservation community is continuously searching for more durable, low-maintenance coatings that provide longer-lasting protection against corrosion and degradation. Equally important, these new coating systems need to be environmentally safe, as increasingly stringent restrictions on volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and solvent use are limiting available materials that can be used.

In his presentation on the restoration of historical architectural tiffany metalwork at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dr. Kurt Wood, a principal scientist in Arkema’s Fluoropolymers R&D Division, explained how Kynar Aquatec PVDF emulsion technology meets the critical needs of the conservation and architectural communities for durable, low maintenance coatings that are safer for the environment. His presentation reviewed the results from accelerated and natural weathering studies, historic architectural metalwork applications at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum, and a study of the candidate coatings by a group of experienced metal conservators from across the country.

“Researchers at Arkema Inc. continually strive to optimize PVDF-acrylic hybrid materials for different protective coating applications,” says Dr. Wood. “Ultimately, it is hoped that this collaborative work will serve as a guide to conservators, caretakers, and preservation professionals in implementing new strategies for optimizing the protection of high-value artistic and historic metalwork.”