Linetec applies Kameleon Paint to Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral

Kameleon Color paint creates color-changing, iridescent exterior for Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral 

Linetec finishes Firestone’s UNA-CLAD panels achieving a one-of-a-kind,
dynamic appearance with the first use of Valspar’s new Kameleon Color

2With its shimmering, iridescent exterior, Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral beckons visitors with its unique appearance as its color changes in different light and at different angle. Opened in November 2013, the Port’s iconic welcome center showcases the first use of Valspar’s new Kameleon™ Color mica coating as spray-applied to Firestone Metal Products’ UNA-CLAD™ metal wall panels by Linetec, one the nation’s largest finishers of architectural aluminum.

An integral part of Florida’s Space Coast and Canaveral Cove’s revitalization, Exploration Tower is owned by Canaveral Port Authority. Its opening coincided with the Port’s 60th anniversary of its establishment and the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s landing on Florida’s east coast..

Taking its cues from the shapes and hues of the port, GWWO Inc./Architects designed the $23 million, seven-story, sail-shaped structure to express the common characteristics of “transience, function and imagery.” The building’s southern elevation soars from the water to the sky. It narrows in scale and reduces its exterior coverage until only the steel frame remains to outline the curvature and comes together at a peak 60-feet above the main roof level.

20131205_0223The architects elaborate, “The building’s dynamic form and features – sun louvers, exposed structure and iridescent skin — contribute to a constant sense of movement as the sun plays across the structure, meet functional needs, and evoke imagery of the Port and [Brevard] County. A rocket ready to launch, a surfboard in the sand, a ship’s hull, a rocket contrail; all can be seen in the structure’s striking presence.”

Skanska USA served as the general contractor of the 23,000-square-foot project. Kenpat USA was the subcontractor responsible for the exterior metal façades and wall system. Working closely with Kenpat, Firestone engineered and fabricated the façade’s metal panel system. Radius Track Corporation fabricated the curved structural framing and provided the 3-D building information modeling (BIM) to coordinate the connection points for each panel in the building’s parabolic curve. In total, Kenpat installed 42 pre-fabricated structural panelized units as sub-structure for the cladding, with the largest being 36 feet by 10 feet.  Read more

Paint Coatings offered by Linetec that meet AAMA2605

ArchResourceImage-withLinetec-WEB2The leading manufacturers of  high-performance, 70% Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) resin-based architectural coatings are PPG, Valspar, Akzo Nobel and Sherwin Williams. 

There are several paint types within the  70% PVDF resin-based coatings family including:

  • standard color two-coat systems, consisting of a primer and color coat (top coat),
  • two-coat mica systems, also consisting of a primer and color coat,
  • three-coat metallic, consisting of a primer, color coat and clear coat,
  • three- and four-coat bright and exotic colors. These systems include a primer, color coat, clear coat and sometimes a barrier coat.

70% PVDF coatings are available in tens of thousands of different colors; however there are some bright and vibrant colors that cannot be formulated without the use of cadmium or lead in the formulation.

70% PVDF coatings are also available in some specialty formulations such as:

  • energy-efficient, solar-reflective formulations (Fluropon® SR),
  • graffiti-resistant coatings (Duranar® GR),
  • antimicrobial coatings,
  • color-changing Kameleon™  paint coatings (Fluropon).

Linetec paint offerings listed by manufacturer that meet AAMA2605-14

Vendor
70% PVDF System Paint Finish Type
PPG Duranar Two-coat Standard
Duranar Sunstorm Two-coat Mica
Duranar XL Three- or Four-coat Metallic or Exotic
Valspar Fluropon Two-coat Standard
Fluropon Classic II Two-coat Mica
Fluropon Classic Three-coat Metallic
Fluropon Premiere Three-coat Bright or Exotic
Akzo-Nobel Trinar Two-coat Standard
Trinar Ultra Two-coat Lower VOC levels
Tri-Escent II Two-coat Mica
Trinar TMC Three-coat Metallic
Trinar TEC Three-coat Exotic
Sherwin Williams Shernar Two- or Three-coat Standard, Mica, Metallic or Exotic

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Stretch Forming by Linetec

Stretch Forming by LinetecPeople have been bending and curving metal for centuries, but stretch forming, born from the aerospace industry, maintains precise dimensions throughout a curve and produces perfectly contoured products while limiting, or even eliminating, wrinkling inside the arc.

Stretch forming is the process of forming sheets and profiles by the combined application of tensile and bending forces. Stretch forming keeps the extrusion under constant tension while wrapping it around a form, or die, to make parts into simple or complex contoured curves.

To deliver these stretch forming services, Linetec has teamed with Southern Stretch Forming, headquartered in Texas. The company will provide a full scope of bending capabilities on Linetec’s campus in Wausau, Wis., including annealing and tempering to soften and harden aluminum.

STRETCH FORM CAPABILITIESStretch Forming by Linetec

Linetec and Southern Stretch Forming will work together, striving to meet every need of our customer. However, there may be some cases that an extrusions configuration are not suitable for curving/stretch forming. Below are some broad overview capabilities, if your needs are outside of these capabilities contact us directly at sales@linetec.com for assistance.

    • Maximum arc length of 260 inches (larger lengths reviewed on individual basis
    • Curved shapes up to 10 inches in width
    • Full annealing and tempering
    • Ability to manufacture and stretch form brake metal
    • Custom die/tooling
    • Thermal improvement services on curved metal, both thermal strut and poured thermal barriers

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For more information on Linetec and our stretch forming services, visit our website, www.linetec.com.

Bright White Fluoropolymer Paint Coatings

Bright White Paint Coatings

Royal-Caribbean-CruiseBright whites are a popular design option in today’s architectural industry. These colors are available in high-performance, PVDF fluoropolymer resin-based paint systems and can be especially appealing as a unique architectural design statement.

Please be aware that special considerations should be observed when using these colors.
1.) Whites have a lower “hide” quality and are more transparent than most other colors.
2.) Many clean, bright whites require additional film thickness and/or additional coats to achieve the desired color and minimize color variation. This can increase cost of paint finishing. To ensure the correct estimates, the exact color should be specified at the time of the quote.
3.) Channels and inside corners are difficult to cover with any paint color, but tend to be more noticeable (gray) with whites. This is a naturally occurring phenomenon in electrostatic paint application and does not necessarily constitute a defect in the paint finish or application.

Clear Coat over Whites

Paint manufacturers do not recommended using a clear top coat over a white color paint. The clear top coat is not required and will not extend warranty periods. The application of a clear coat can affect the tone of the underlying color. The color coat typically shifts more yellow when a clear is applied. This is due to the fact that clear coats are not “water white” or colorless, but are actually a slightly yellow color. The degree of color change seen with a clear coat over a white is usually deemed unacceptable.

From an applicator standpoint, Linetec cannot guarantee color consistency when clear is applied over light colors. Clear coats over white will not substantially increase the gloss. The slight increase in gloss due to the clear coat will most likely not be noticeable to the human eye.

For more information on Linetec and our painting services visit our website at www.linetec.com.

Linetec enhances its pour and debridge services by adding Azon’s Lancer

Linetec Lancer materialEnhancing our pour-and-debridge thermal improvement services, Linetec has added an Azon Lancer™ to provide mechanical surface conditioning of the aluminum extrusion cavity to ensure maximum adhesion of the thermal barrier polymer to durable, architectural finishes.

Pour-and-debridge thermal barrier systems use a two-part polyurethane that is poured into and cured within a “dog bone” structural cavity in the finished aluminum extrusion.

The channel’s surface is conditioned using the Lancer to pierce the surface creating LancerMachine2lanced, inward curving aluminum lug projections in a staggered formation along the extrusion cavity. This mechanically locks the polyurethane polymer with the finished surface of the aluminum profile to ensure significantly improved adhesion. After the polyurethane has been poured into the cavity and solidified, the metal bridge from the bottom of the channel is removed to produce a true, non metal-to-metal structural thermal barrier. 

As an approved Azo-Brader and Lancer Applicator, Linetec follows the guidelines set forth in the Azon “Quality Assurance Guide” and AAMA QAG-1-09, “Quality Assurance Processing Guide for Pour and Debridged Polyurethane Thermal Barriers.”

Aluminum extrusions that receive mechanical surface conditioning from Linetec using either the Azo-Brader or the Lancer are supported with a 10-year warranty.

Linetec video tour of our paint and anodize facilities

With our attention to detail, fully automated facilities and processes, unsurpassed customer service, and the best employees, Linetec is recognized as the most reliable, highest service and best quality finisher in the industry. This Linetec facility tour showcases both our paint and anodize facilities.