Architectural Coatings

Life-Cycle Assessment of Architectural Coatings

Life-Cycle Assessment of Architectural Coatings
The functional unit from the Architectural Coatings PCR (covering and protecting 1m2 of substrate for 60 years) was used in this assessment. The performance values in this study were developed through industry consensus and are consistent with the values found in publicly available literature. Both the water-based and solvent- based formulas came from industry sources and are a reasonable proxy...

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Developing and Evaluating Early Rain Resistance in Exterior Architectural Coatings

Streams of rain water pour off a corrugated roof
High humidity and precipitation challenges the ability of exterior architectural coatings to properly cure and provide the necessary protection of exterior surfaces. To increase early rain resistance and decrease water sensitivity, different formulation techniques were investigated. Raw materials were evaluated in a standard starting point formula to generate an optimal formulation that reduces water sensitivity and surfactant leaching, while simultaneously...

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The Impact of Wood Choice and Preparation on Coating Performance

wood wall
As consumer preferences and trends change, the types of wood used to manufacture industrial wood products such as kitchen cabinets, furniture, and flooring change to reflect the current desires and expectations. The dynamic nature of the industrial wood market—combined with the wide range of wood types and different finishes required for different applications—makes formulating industrial wood coatings challenging. The need...

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Unique Waterborne Alternatives to Traditional Solvent-Based Coatings for Industrial Wood Applications

Modern Wood Panel Kitchen
Solvent-based varnishes and lacquers have been the coatings of choice for industrial wood applications for many years. These coatings can provide an attractive durable finish that is cost effective. Kitchen cabinet and furniture manufacturers choose these coatings because they are fast drying, they are easily repaired, they tolerate climate differences well, and they are extremely forgiving. Some of these coatings...

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A Second Look at Paint Recycling

House renovation, paint cans on blue background top view
Paint recycling is an excellent mechanism for preventing the land-filling and incineration of unwanted paints that have residual value as paint products, but not in their intended applications.  The American Coatings Association (ACA) established PaintCare Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to represent paint manufacturers in the operation of paint stewardship programs for architectural paints in states and jurisdictions that pass...

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Understanding Consumer Preferences for Architectural Paints Using the ART™ Device

Understanding Consumer Preferences for Architectural Paints Using the ART™ Device
While paint color can transform the way a room looks, how a paint “feels” is critical to those applying the paint—whether they are professional painters or do-it-yourselfers (DIY). Market research has confirmed this time and again. Manufacturers recognize that the ease or effort of paint application is responsible for the first, and possibly longest lasting, consumer impression and will strongly...

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Novel Acrylic Polymer for Architectural Exterior Paint and Primer in One Coatings Application

Modern Office Building Facade
Professional and do-it-yourself (DIY) painters increasingly care about efficiency—reducing the time and labor involved in painting surfaces. Paints with paint and primer in one capabilities help reduce the time and labor of painting jobs, so developing a polymer that provides both primer and topcoat properties is necessary, but also challenging. This objective further raises the performance requirement for the exterior...

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Are Climate Change and Pollution Impacting Coating Formulation?

Singapore Skyscrapers, financial district of Raffles Place
Architectural coatings account for a significant percentage of the volume and value of the overall paint and coatings market. The global exterior architectural coatings market alone is predicted to reach $39.04 billion by 2024, according to U.S.-based market research and consulting firm Grand View Research. North America accounted for 22.6% of the global volume share in 2015 and is expected...

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Driving Performance via Permanent Coalescent Choice in Low-VOC Architectural Paints

Old antique wooden ladder stands against a half painted green wall with paint roller and tray
Proper film formation is a critical factor in high performance coatings as it ensures optimally low porosity, improves corrosion resistance, and impacts many film surface features. Through the decades, waterborne coatings have relied on volatile coalescing aids (solvents) to enable hydrophobic latex particles to coalesce. Coalescing aids can be eliminated if the given latex has a glass transition temperature (Tg)...

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Exterior Durability in All-Acrylic Architectural Gloss Coatings: Gloss Retention and Dirt-Pickup Resistance

urban city skyline with sunset
Maximizing the gloss retention and dirt-pickup resistance (DPUR) is a key requirement for many exterior architectural coatings and is a target that many commercial paints struggle to meet. In this study, the exterior durability of a range of resins and paints was evaluated. In particular, for DPUR, an accelerated testing method is compared to exterior exposure data collected from Midwest...

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