Arkema Inc. Provides Guidelines to Estimate Topcoat Color Fade

Arkema Inc. presented recommended guidelines for estimating the color fade of PVDF-based topcoats for bright color architectural restoration and protective coating applications at the SSPC 2017 Conference in Tampa, Fla.

This year’s SSPC Conference served as an international forum at which contractors, consultants, inspectors, engineers, paint/equipment manufacturers and structure/facility owners exchanged research and technologies in the coatings industry. The event’s GreenCOAT technical program emphasized innovations, the latest advances in eco-conscious coating technology and developments for complying with green regulations.

Many common topcoat standards used for architectural and protective coating applications include a durability requirement based on the accelerated weathering performance of a white coating. However, there are currently no standards for field-applied coatings that address the needs of specifiers who want to ensure color performance in high-chroma (saturated or bright) colors.
 
Dr. Kurt Wood, a principal scientist in Arkema’s Fluoropolymers R&D Division, reviewed data for coatings made using a range of pigment chemistries, enabling estimates of color lifetime to be made for virtually any color, if one stays within the particular resin chemistry space. These principles were demonstrated with PVDF-based topcoats, where it was found that both the pigment grades and the resin are important factors for determining the color lifetime, along with the pigment volume concentration.   

Color Pigment System is Reflective and Fade Resistant

Nationwide Protective Coating Manufacturers Inc. introduces COOL COLORS with ColorActiv Technology.

Nationwide Protective Coating Manufacturers Inc. introduces COOL COLORS with ColorActiv Technology.

Nationwide Protective Coating Manufacturers Inc. introduces a color pigment system of reflective, energy saving colorants with fade resistance called COOL COLORS, with ColorActiv Technology.

The color pigments were originally designed for Military applications. The reduction in surface temperatures provided stealth capabilities against thermographic heat seeking radars to military vehicles and structures. This same technology is now available in ColorActiv Technology pigments for most any of Nationwide Protective Coating Manufacturers Inc., paint or coatings from concrete stains to wall and roof coatings.

Touch the roof or walls of a home or business when it’s been out in the sun for a while, and you will feel it’s hot. In fact, some dark colored roofing can attain a temperature of 190 degrees fahrenheit or more. These materials absorb a portion of the infrared radiation from the sun. This heat buildup transfers inside the structure, increasing cooling costs. ColorActiv Technology now allows for dark colors to have more reflectivity. This lowers the surface temperatures thus lowering heat transfer into the structure. The reflective coatings come in a variety of colors and custom color matching is also available. Depending on your color choice these coatings provide a reflectivity from 23% to 77%.