Linetec offers antimicrobial protection in 30,000 colors for architectural metal products’ high-touch surfaces

ArchResourceImage-arch resource centerLinetec offers the use of antimicrobial protection for architectural metal products’ high-touch surfaces such as handrails, entrances systems, window frames, panels and column covers. These high-performance coatings are available in more than 30,000 color choices.

Linetec provides architectural coatings in nearly any imaginable color with protection that exceeds other conventional finishes on metal building products’ interior and exterior surfaces. Anywhere the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria is a concern, projects can benefit from this extra level of protection. We understand that this is especially important for those working on health care facilities, educational campuses and other public building projects.

Providing further description of the uses and advantages of antimicrobial coatings, Linetec co-authored a white paper titled, “Antimicrobial Protection for Public Building Applications.” According to the paper, “The need for microbial control stems from the fact that there are an estimated 4.5 million bacterial and fungi species throughout the planet, many of which travel and migrate via the constant ebb and flow of human foot traffic through an ever-changing population of people visiting public buildings. Under the right conditions, some microbes can double in number every 30 minutes or faster.”

ArchResourceImage-LinkedInAt Linetec, antimicrobial protection is infused into select polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) finishes to inhibit the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria on the coating of aluminum surfaces. As a fluoropolymer finish containing a minimum of 70 percent PVDF resin, this three-coat system meets requirements of AAMA 2605, the most stringent specification for architectural coatings.

An environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec safely captures and destroys the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in liquid paints at the factory before arrival on the building site. These industry-leading practices complement other health-conscious and green building choices such as maintaining indoor air quality (IAQ) guidelines, using recycled aluminum content, and ensure a long-lasting, durable and sustainable finish.

For more information about our high-performance finishing services, please visit http://www.linetec.com. The white paper is available free for download at www.linetec.com/PAINT/Antimicrobial-Protection-Whitepaper.pdf.

Working on a coastal project? Start with the right finish

CA-BrenHallPayamRahimian-webCoastal areas are beautiful locations for commercial and residential buildings. They also pose the greatest challenges in protecting exterior-facing architectural aluminum products from corrosion. Windows, storefronts, entrances and curtainwalls, sun shades, canopies, skylights, column covers, rain screens and exterior panels all commonly are manufactured from aluminum and integrally connect to a building’s façade. Without proper precautions and finishes, corrosion to these components ultimately can damage the structural integrity of the building envelope and can lead to systemic failure.

PortCanaveral1-(1web)As a prominent part of the buildings’ exterior, the coated aluminum adds color and design to the project; this coating also protects the building from unsympathetic surroundings. When selecting a coating that will be required to stand up to harsh coastal or corrosive environments either the highest-performing organic paint coating, that meets the AAMA 2605-11 specification, or a Class I anodize coating that meets AAMA 611-12 should be selected. AAMA continues to set the highest standard for architectural coatings, especially in a coastal or highly corrosive environment.

High-performance 70% polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings give architects, specifiers and building owners the capability to select nearly any conceivable color or combination of colors, while shielding the building against weathering, pollution and aging.

PVDF is known for its exceptional chemical stability and excellent resistance to UV radiation. It is used in architectural applications as a coating on aluminum where it provides exceptional resistance to environmental exposure. The chemical structure of PVDF is:chemical structure PVDF

The carbon-fluorine bond, used in the 70% PVDF, Kynar 500 resin-based, coating is one of the strongest bonds known. These paint coatings have the ability to withstand enduring and intense UV radiation, attributed to long-term color- and gloss-retention, and chalk-resistance.

TampaMuseumArt-AccuratePerforating-webThese highest-performing 70% PVDF coatings meet the most stringent, exterior, architectural specification AAMA 2605-11. This specification requires paint coatings to meet rigorous testing performance standards including more than 4,000 hours of salt spray, and heat- and humidity-resistance.

Section 8.8 of AAMA 2605 refers to the corrosion resistance requirements of all coating that must pass these stringent guidelines:

  • Humidity –The sample is exposed in a controlled heat and humidity cabinet for more than 4,000 hours at 38ºC (100ºF) and 100% relative humidity. No formation of blisters to extent greater than “few” blisters, as defined by ASTM D714.
  • Cyclic Corrosion Testing (previous referred to as salt spray resistance) – Score the film sufficiently deep to expose the base metal. Expose the sample for 2,000 hours according to ASTM G85, Annex A5, dilute electrolyte cyclic fog/dry test. The sample must score a minimum rating of 7 on scribe or cut edges and a minimum blister rating of 8 within the test specimen field, as defined in ASTM1654.
  • South Florida exposure – The coating shall maintain its film integrity, color retention, chalk resistance, gloss retention and erosion resistance properties for a minimum of 10 years on the south Florida on-fence testing site.
  • Color retention – Maximum of 5ΔE Units (Hunter) of color change after the minimum 10-year exposure test. A ΔE unit is the variance or color difference measured on a vector scale from a specific point in the color space.
  • Chalk resistance – Chalking shall be no more than that represented by a No. 8 rating for colors and No. 6 for whites after 10 years of test fence exposure. Per ASTM D4214, chalking is measured on a numerical scale with higher numbers representing better chalk resistance.
  • Gloss retention – Gloss retention shall be a minimum of 50% after the 10-year exposure testing, as described by ASTM D 523.
  • Resistance to erosion – Less than 10% film loss after the 10-year exposure testing.

Linetec, and the leading paint manufacturers, recommend the use of a PVDF-based paint system on aluminum material for all coastal and corrosive environments.Offering the longest lifecycle and true sustainability, a 70% PVDF (Kynar) coating system, pretreated with chrome phosphate, along with an inhibitive chrome rich primer should be used. This coating type meets or exceeds all the requirements of AAMA 2605 the highest performing “Voluntary Specification for High Performance Organic Coatings on Architectural Extrusions and Panels.”

To ensure your finish offers specifiable differences that contribute to your project’s long life, durability and sustainability, download a free copy of “Section 05 0513 Shop Applied Coatings for Metal 3-part Guide Specification”

A Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for aluminum coatings

High quality architectural painted and anodized finishes are extremely durable. But even the best finishes still need a little TLC.

Even with the most careful treatment of the windows, curtainwall or storefront during installation and in their daily use, occasional damage will occur.

This Protecting-your-aluminum-finish guide shares recommended care of painted and anodized finishes on architectural metal and examines three levels of concern: care and cleaning, minor repairs and field touch-up, and more complex refinishing caused by severe damage.  read more

Recommendations from the Paint Manufacturers

PPG and Valspar – offers two main precautions: (1) do not use wire brushes, abrasives or similar cleaning tools which will mechanically abrade the coatings surface, and (2) certain cleaning agents (listed in full article) should be tested in an inconspicuous area before use on a large scale.

Download the full paper here

PPG’s full cleaning and maintenance guide can be found here.

Valspar’s full cleaning and maintenance guide can be found here.

Linetec’s Paul Bratz honored with Patriot Award

Award-Veteran PresntationThe Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, honored Linetec’s paint operations manager Paul Bratz with a Patriot Award. Sgt. Bradley Pochinski nominated Bratz for “extraordinary support” of employees who participate in military service.

Pochinski serves in the Wisconsin Army National Guard assigned to the A Company 1-128th Infantry Regiment, 32nd lnfantry Brigade Combat Team, based in Menominee, Wisconsin. On April 22, John Rhyner, area chairman of the Wisconsin Committee for ESGR, presented the Patriot Award to Bratz at Linetec’s facility in Wausau, Wisconsin.

“It is a true honor to be nominated by Bradley. We are so proud of him and grateful for the many who serve our nation through their military service,” said Bratz.

“Paul Bratz and Linetec have provided outstanding support and cooperation, and have exhibited a patriotic spirit recognized with this award,” emphasized Mike Williams, chairman of the Wisconsin Committee for ESGR. “The Patriot Award is only presented to employers who not only hire Guard and Reserve members, but also demonstrate superior support to military employees and their families. The National Guard and Reserve forces are the cornerstone of our national defense. They perform an increasing number of unique missions that require extraordinary actions on the part of everyday citizens.”

The U.S. National Guard and Reserve currently includes 1.3 million members. As of March 2015, the number of Guard and Reserve component personnel on active duty totaled 23,871. The ESGR accepts Patriot Award nominations from all members of the National Guard and Reserve. Learn more at www.esgr.mil.

For more information about Linetec, please visit us at  www.linetec.com.

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Linetec’s online Architectural Resource Center offers AIA/CES courses, “Select and Spec” tool, guide specifications

ArchResourceImage-withLinetec-WEB2Helping architects and the building community better understand architectural finishing, Linetec’s Architectural Resource Center’s online resources include on-demand continuing education courses and tools for simplifying coatings selection and specification.

  • As a registered American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) provider, Linetec offers “Introduction to Coatings: Field Performance and the Application Process” and “Choosing Sustainable Finishes.” Participants can earn 0 Learning Units (LUs) for successfully completing both courses. These programs are available as either an in-person presentation or as a self-guided online course.
  • Linetec’s online “Select and Spec” tool allows visitors to browse color palettes LINETEC_colorsampleguide4
    and order painted aluminum samples. Organized into eight color families with interactive “chips,” the user clicks on a chip to see a larger image and order up to five samples. These 3.5-by-2-inch painted metal samples are mailed to the contact information provided by the user. Each sample is labeled with an “LT” paint code for reference when specifying the finish for future architectural projects.

Visitors to Linetec.com’s Architectural Resource Center also can:

  • Download Guide Specifications for high-performance architectural coatings,
  • Request paint sample color chips,
  • Learn about sustainable design considerations,
  • Watch informative videos,
  • Read Linetec’s blog for technical tips, project highlights and industry news, and
  • Subscribe to Linetec’s educational newsletter received by 15,000 architects.

“Fitting into architects’ busy schedules, these resources, self-guided programs and tools are available at their convenience 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. And, the content remains online for sharing and future reference by all.

For more information about Linetec’s AIA/CES courses, paint and anodize finishes, or other services, please call 888-717-1472, email sales@linetec.com or visit http://www.linetec.com.

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Linetec adds new hues to our Terra Cotta coating line

Terra-cotta-color-ring-webLinetec expands its palette of finish colors that mimic the look and feel of natural terra cotta to include 13 new hues. The finish utilizes a 70% PVDF resin-based coating to achieve the highest levels of performance in an exterior environment and a texture additive to help replicate the natural feel of terra cotta.

Adding to the four colors introduced last year, Linetec’s 17 faux terra cotta colors are:

Terra Cotta colors

TerraCotta-3colorselection“In addition, architects like that our faux terra cotta texture colors can be specified on a large variety of shapes and sizes, and on panels manufactured with recycled aluminum content. Compared with true terra cotta, our customers also save time and labor compared to waiting for European shipments and for the heavy, fragile material to be installed on site,” added Close.

As a 70% polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coating, Linetec’s terra cotta painted finish meets the requirements of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s most stringent, high-performance specification standard, AAMA 2605-13. These architectural finishes are tested to exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals.

As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec safely captures and destroys the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in liquid paints at the factory before arrival on the building site. These industry-leading practices complement other green building choices and ensure a long-lasting, durable and sustainable finish.

For more information about our expanded palette of faux terra cotta texture colors and other finishing services, please call 888-717-1472, email sales@linetec.com or visit http://www.linetec.com.

Stretch Forming by Linetec curves and finishes architectural aluminum products in one location

curved-metal-rackStretch Forming by Linetec allows our customers to have their metal building components curved and finished in one location. Half-circles, eyebrows and Gothic arches are popular architectural applications.

Customers can ship their aluminum to Linetec for bending and finishing to retain the full finish warranty. Utilizing Linetec’s dedicated fleet of trucks saves customers shipping costs and transit time, as well as reduces material handling and packaging to minimize the opportunity for damage.
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Linetec’s full scope of bending capabilities includes annealing and tempering to soften and harden aluminum. Born from the aerospace industry, stretch forming maintains precise dimensions throughout a curve. The extrusion is kept under constant tension, while wrapping it around a form, or die. This produces perfectly contoured products, while limiting or even eliminating wrinkling inside the arc.

In addition to stretch forming, Linetec offers a broad choice of paint, anodize and powder coat, plus field repair and restoration, thermal improvement and other support for finished aluminum products. For more information about Stretch Forming by Linetec, finishing and other services, please call 888-717-1472, email sales@linetec.com or visit http://www.linetec.com.