Faux finish? Check out spattercoat.

Bridgeston Middle School 003Spattercoat finishing can mimic marble, stone, brick and other materials. Linetec offers spattercoat custom finishing with multi-colors, depth and texture. While this technique can be used on metal panel cladding systems, it more commonly is specified for architectural aluminum products, such as window and door frames, coping or soffits, to complement the look of adjacent façade components or interior decor.

At Linetec, our spattercoat is achieved by first painting the entire exposed aluminum surface with your specified under-coat color. On top of this, we apply additional colors of paint using a proprietary spattercoating technique. The paint spatters can be many or few, large or small, thick or thin. This produces the desired three-dimensional, textured effect.

spattercoat-12Spattercoat options are practically endless. In addition to simulating natural, earthy and artificial surfaces, we can help you create a truly unique and personalized building. Working within your prescribed color palette and brand identity guidelines, we can present a one-of-a-kind finished surface for a school, corporation or hospital.

If you’re looking outside of traditional color palettes, we also can match a color from almost any source you bring us. We’ve seen everything from hats to coffee mugs to furniture. Our in-house laboratory’s matching capabilities are unparalleled. Utilizing the latest technologies to analyze and formulate thousands of color variations ensures precise representation of your color selection.

Bridgeston Middle School 002While we understand your first priority in choosing spattercoat is the appearance it creates, we also know that performance is essential. Our spattercoat process utilizes 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings to meet or exceed the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s high-performance exterior specification, AAMA 2605. These painted finishes exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals, ensuring a long-lasting, durable finish with minimal maintenance.

To request metal color chip samples of Linetec’s most popular spattercoat finishes or for personalized assistance in selecting a finish for your project, please contact us.

 

Architectural Color Trends for 2018

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We rely more heavily on our sight than on any other sense – we are almost always taking information in with our eyes.

So how many colors can the human eye see? 100,000 colors? 500,000 colors? 1,000,000 colors? The average human can see 10 million colors!

The Color Marketing Group (CMG), an international association that identifies the direction of color trends, uses the slogan, “Color sells, and the right color sells better.”

When it comes to color predictions and trends for each new year, everyone is releasing their new “it” color or shade, from the fashion scene to home décor to automotive to the architectural and construction industry. This includes Valspar; they do intense research to create distinct trends and themes for the architectural coatings industry.

Valspar’s color trends closely align with those of the CMG’s International Key Colors for 2018.

Trend One: Subtle metallic and mica sparkle have become the new neutrals. From silver to graphite to blue-tones, these standout hues are more matte metallic and offer refined sparkle. Established in Europe, CMG refers to this sparkle trend as Vapor.

Valspar refers to this color trend as the “Future Lux” trend. The color implications of this trend are derived from earth minerals. These subdued colors lend a feeling of permanence and trust, and when combined with the shimmer and shine of metal, create the unmistakable look of luxury.

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Trend Two: Gray – sophisticated, conservative and intelligent. As said by CMG, gray advances with a new identity, Evolve, from North America. Standing at 50% black, it feels extremely balanced and is a strong color for design schemes.

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It creates a subtle effect when paired against deep shades, toning them down. Combining gray with lighter shades adds just the right touch of sophistication.

Valspar includes shades of gray in its “Always On” color trend collection.

Trend Three: Crisp and clean, Re-Value, from Latin America, embraces a healthy green with blue roots. These are welcoming, nurturing color tones that take into account our love of the planet and our love of life.

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Valspar’s “Hit Pause” color collection closely resembles CMG’s Re-Value. The color implications of “Hit Pause” are rich tones and healing colors like Newborn’s Eyes and Prussian Blue. These shades help us recharge by ushering in new, positive energy

Trend Four: CMG’s final color trend for 2018 is Enjoy Life. Enjoy Life, from Asia Pacific, is pure and fresh. These are energizing and cheerful tones that symbolize the positivity of sunlight.

Trend Four-1Valspar’s “Life in Flex” colors like Marigold and Golden Bounty are bold, expressive colors that represent newness and light.

Collectively as a society, we all help create color trends, which shape our surroundings. These iconic colors of 2018 can all be provided by Linetec.

Explore Linetec’s Color Select and Spec tool, send us a sample, or contact your regional sales manager for guidance and assistance with your project.

Feature article in Products Finishing helps in “Choosing the Right Finish”

IMG_0084-webProduct Finishing magazine’s December issue features an educational article on “Choosing the Right Finish for Coastal Projects” by Linetec’s Tammy Schroeder.

As the company’s senior marketing specialist and a LEED Green Associate, Schroeder has authored dozens of educational articles and presentations about painted, anodized and specialized finishes to meet the needs of many climates and geographies.

Click here to read this most recent article describing optimal, durable finishes for aluminum architectural products facing some of the most challenging conditions.

In addition to offering guidance on selecting high-performance finishes and avoiding corrosion, the informative piece also shares steps for proper maintenance to ensure an ideal appearance for years to come.

To learn more about how Linetec can support your next project and fine-tune finishes for its climate, please contact us for personalized service.

Protecting Aluminum Finish During Building Construction

RichmondCtyCourthouse-1In the November issue of Glass Magazine, Linetec’s Tammy Schroeder shares tips on “Protecting Aluminum Finish During Building Construction.”

High-performance paint and anodize finishes for aluminum add durability and color flexibility to meet architectural requirements. To ensure a resilient finish, the article offers 11 points to consider during storage and installation.

Click here to read the full story.

In addition to the 11 tips, Tammy reminds us to extra care to protect finished aluminum material after installation and prior to the building’s final acceptance as most damage to aluminum work will occur during this time.

Significantly reducing the opportunity for damage, Linetec partners with customers from the earliest stages of their projects through final completion. Please contact us for personalized service.

Is antimicrobial protection the right choice for my project?

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When looking through the options available for architectural finishes, it sometimes can be difficult to know if certain choices are appropriate for your project. One such decision may be whether or not to include antimicrobial protection.

What threatens buildings on a microscopic level?

Microbes (or microorganisms) are living cells that are only visible once they have multiplied to the millions. Types of microorganisms include bacteria, algae, fungi and mold. Once microbes have multiplied to a large enough number on a surface, they may begin to cause stains, odors and even deterioration of the metal surface.

Unfortunately, by the time you can see an area of microbe build up, the damage is already underway, so prevention is the best form of protection.

germ-hand-webWhat areas are the most vulnerable?

 Microbes are prevalent in high-traffic areas. Anti-microbial protection may be a smart choice if your project is an office building, hotel, school, retail center, senior living facility, apartment, hospital or clinic.

Antimicrobial finishes can protect high-touch surfaces of metal products, such as doors, windows, curtainwalls, entrances, panels and column covers. The treated finish discourages microorganism build-up, while protecting the metal product beneath from damage and deterioration. This treatment is not meant to replace regular cleaning practices. When standard maintenance is combined with a resistant finish, microbe build-up and damage will be one less worry.

How can a finish stop microbes from causing odors, stains and even deterioration to metal?

Mitigating an invisible, destructive threat requires solutions on a chemical level. Antimicrobial protection begins with the composition of the finish itself. Starting with a 70% PVDF-resin based fluoropolymer coating, an ion exchange mechanism is infused into the coating’s chemistry. This small adjustment allows the finish to protect itself when the conditions are right for microbe build-up.

The most prevalent microbial threats to surfaces – bacteria and mold – need moisture to flourish. The ion exchange mechanism in the antimicrobial finish is activated by the presence of moisture, causing it to release silver cations. The silver disrupts microbes’ metabolism and reproduction. If a microorganism can no longer eat or reproduce, it cannot grow or damage the architectural metal products.

This protection can be added to PVDF-based finishes that meet AAMA 2605 requirements. The protection still allows you to select nearly any color option. Standard and custom colors, mica and metallic coatings are available with antimicrobial protection.

For personalized assistance in selecting and specifying the right coating for your aluminum building products, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers , email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

Whitepaper: Antimicrobial Protection for Public Building Applications

AAMA updates paint specifications to -17

AAMA-proud memberThe American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) regularly reviews and updates its specification documents, including for painted coatings. The association’s Aluminum Material Council’s Finishes Committee has adjusted AAMA 2603, 2604 and 2605. The most current versions are denoted as 2603-17A, 2604-17A and 2605-17A.

What’s changed?

In the updated AAMA specifications, the procedure rating the adhesion of coatings to different substrates (via tape test) has been removed. Those standards are still required to meet AAMA’s guidelines, but now Section 8.4 Peel Adhesion refers the reader to ASTM D3359 to find the details on tape testing. These AAMA specifications also reference ASTM D3359-17 for the new requirements for tapes used in adhesion testing.

Section 8.4.1 now clarifies that all tests shall be performed in the sequence they appear in the document. Connected to this, the order of testing has been changed in the specifications. References to subsections of 8.4 also have been updated in Section 5.5.

What’s remains the same?

As a member of AAMA, Linetec stays up to date on these stringent industry standards and documents. We are committed to ensuring our customers’ finishing specifications are met on every project.

For a quick refresher, here’s what to remember about AAMA 2603, 2604 and 2605:

AAMA 2603 – typical for interior specifications

Required to show only “slight” fade and chalking after one year, AAMA 2603 has no specifications for gloss retention and erosion resistance. Baked enamel (acrylic/polyester) paints should meet AAMA 2603. These painted finishes are less expensive than fluoropolymer resin-based coatings, but have poor resistance to color fading and chalking. Baked enamel coatings are harder than fluoropolymer and can be used for interior application where color retention is not required.

AAMA 2604 – an “intermediate” specification

AAMA 2604 specifications are more demanding. If a finish qualifies, then five years after its application the color must have faded no more than 5 Delta E, the chalking no greater than 8, the finish still retain 30% of its gloss and no more than 10% of it has eroded. This finish will provide good color and gloss retention. It also will provide good hardness and abrasion resistance. Painted finishes meeting this specification typically are a 50% fluoropolymer resin-based coatings and are commonly applied on aluminum storefront framing, entrances or other high-traffic areas.

AAMA 2605 – the specification for high-performance exteriors

Ten years after it has been applied, an AAMA 2605 paint will have faded no more than 5 Delta E, the chalking will be no higher than 8, 50% of its gloss will still be retained and only 10% of the film will have eroded. These finishes exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals. Painted finishes meeting this specification typically are a 70% fluoropolymer resin-based coatings and are commonly applied on aluminum framing and systems for monumental architectural projects.

For personalized assistance in selecting and specifying the right coating for your aluminum building products, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers , email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

To download the latest version of these, or any, AAMA documents, visit the AAMA Publication Store

What are common paint defects? How do you minimize them?

ILRegatta_MagellanSelecting the proper architectural paint for a project’s architectural aluminum products can ensure a visually pleasing result for years to come. Even when the correct painted coating is chosen, other factors can cause unforeseen defects to the aluminum product’s surface. Here are some common flaws that may occur, and how to correct or avoid them.

Pretreat the Metal, Dry Thoroughly

The condition of the surface to be coated plays a big role in the final product. The presence of oil, grease or other contaminants can cause adhesion failure in the paint. This could result in the topcoat peeling or flaking off. The rolling process of tubes and extrusions also can leave such a residue. For architectural finishes applied at a paint facility, baking of the paint after application is required, any reside not removed prior to painting, may run, or leach out, from beneath the coating, damaging both the paint and metal.

Your finishing applicator can avoid these flaws by pretreating the metal before paint ever touches it. Using a combination of high-power water rinses, high-temperature acid clean, etch and desmut and a chromium phosphate coating will remove most contaminants and increase the corrosion-resistance of the aluminum. A thorough drying process afterward will ensure that any remaining moisture is evaporated and that the finishers have an ideal surface on which to work.

Know Your Oil

Non-water soluble oils can lead to “fisheye” problems. Fisheye is a defect where circular depressions or “craters” appears in the finish. Most pretreatment systems are not equipped to remove these oils in advance, so if you suspect them to be present on your surface, be sure to discuss this with your finisher.

Watch for Corrosion

If the metal was stored outside before painting, it may suffer from corrosion in spots, which will stain in areas after being finished. Corrosion can be minimized or removed entirely by sanding the affected areas of the metal prior to finishing.

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The process of paint application also can cause defects to appear later. Blisters or “pops” can appear beneath the surface of the finish after the curing process is complete, if there wasn’t enough flash off time before baking. Inconsistent coloring can occur in the paint if its application was inconsistent or the thickness of the finish varies across the surface. This will result in a coat that has color variation throughout, particularly if viewed from different angles.

These flaws can be avoided by quality-controlled, standard operating procedures for paint application on the part of the finishers. By applying the coating consistently throughout the process, the finishers can ensure less variation in the end product. A combination of automated spray equipment and painting specialists, helps to ensures an even, gradual coating application to prevent film build-up.

Send a Sample

If you are still concerned about the opportunity for defects in your architectural paint, consider sending a sample sheet of the metal that will be used to your finisher, as a mock-up, in advance. By applying the exact process that would be use for your actual project, any potential flaws can be identified and corrected in advance.

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Learn more about Linetec’s quality control and paint finishing services by clicking here . For personalized assistance in selecting the right coating for your aluminum building products, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers , email sales@linetec.com or call  888-717-1472

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