Across North America, building owners, architects, contractors, product manufacturers and finishers have relied on the Valspar Corp.’s polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coatings for 50 years. “Although architectural coatings from different coating manufacturers contain similar PVDF resins, the coating systems’ performance can vary widely. This is because of the proprietary formulations of each coating manufacturer,” explains Jeff Alexander, vice president of sales for Valspar’s coil and extrusion coating businesses.
“Unfortunately, it can be confusing for those outside of the coatings industry to differentiate between the resins’ manufacturers and the coatings’ manufacturers,” Alexander continues. “Any paint manufacturer theoretically can make a 70 percent PVDF coating, but 30 percent of the binder and the pigmentation are determined by the knowledge and expertise of the paint manufacturer.”
Sharing its architectural coatings expertise, the technical paper describes how PVDF resin-based coatings are combined with the hardness of acrylic to deliver durable, high-performance coating systems that withstand the test of weather and time. This educational document is available free for download from the Valspar website.
End-uses of PVDF resin-based, architectural coatings include providing high-performance durability for metal roofing and wall panel systems; framing for curtainwall, windows, skylights and entrance systems; louvers and grills, soffits, fascia, mullions, column covers and more.
“Companies with a strong commitment to a weathering test program and to continuous improvements, along with a long history of performance and quality products, will ensure that only high-durability pigments and resins are used, and that the product performs up to the end-users’ expectations,” adds Alexander.