Are all PVDF coatings created equal?

Although architectural coatings from different manufacturers have similar PVDF resins, the performance of the coating system can vary widely.

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October 10, 2016 |
Jeff Alexander

Architects, project manager, and contractors depend on PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) coatings for exceptional durability and performance. Although architectural coatings from different manufacturers have similar PVDF resins, the performance of the coating system can vary widely: the proprietary formulations of each coating manufacturer change the performance characteristics of the coating system.

It can be difficult for those outside the industry to differentiate between the resins’ manufacturers and the coatings’ manufacturers. In theory, any paint manufacturer could create a 70% PVDF coating, but 30% of the binder and the pigmentation are dependent on the knowledge and expertise of the paint manufacturer.

It is wise to select PVDF coatings from companies with a proven track record for quality. Paint manufacturers that have a strong commitment to weather testing and continuous improvements, and that possess a long history of performance, will ensure that only highly durable pigments and resins are used. This will ensure that the 70% PVDF coatings perform up to the end users’ expectations.

Jeff Alexander | Get Inspired: Color and Coatings

Jeff Alexander, Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings VP of Sales for the Coil and Extrusion division has been with Sherwin-Williams (formerly Valspar) since 1997. He has an entrepreneur spirit and has thrived in building relationships with our customers. Jeff has fully immersed himself in all levels of the coating industry and enjoyed his term as National President at NCCA (National Coil Coating Association).  He is focused on continuing to educate customers on the paint industry.

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