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 The white paper is available free for download at

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

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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Architectural Color and Design: Why Can’t I Get Bright Red Anymore?

redbuildingBright, dramatic colors have always been an influential part of the color palette in architectural design. A striking paint coating to the aluminum components of a structure can serve several purposes; it can match a buildings exotic surroundings or contrast with its peaceful serene environment. The colors can match a school’s color scheme or complement a company’s logo.

In the architectural coatings industry it takes certain pigments to get bright and exotic colors such as reds, oranges and yellows. The most commonly known pigments to achieve these colors are the minerals lead and cadmium.

There are many minerals which are considered nutrients and are vital to proper functioning of the body. Equally, there are a number of minerals that are toxic to the human body and interfere with its functioning and undermine health. The group of most concern are knows as heavy metals and include lead and cadmium.

Over the years, environmental and health concerns have spurred increasingly stringent regulatory requirements for the use and disposal of both lead and cadmium pigments.  As a result, environmentally conscious manufacturers and applicators have refrained from using these pigments in their coating systems.

The raw materials used in the paint manufacturing process include pigments, solvents, and resins. The chemical composition of paint varies depending on the desired paint properties. Pigments provide the coating with color, opacity, and a degree of durability.

Valspar, and other paint manufacturers, now formulate all paint coatings with Orangeenvironmentally friendly organic pigments replacing lead and cadmium.  These new pigments were derived from the automotive industry that has been using them successfully for years.  The exterior performance is equal to that of the old cadmium-based pigment product.  You will see no performance loss due to this new formulation.

More than ninety percent of the colors that were previously formulated with cadmium-based pigments can be made to match the same color using the less harmful pigments. Chi-Red The color difference in the remaining ten percent will generally be undetectable by the human eye –the exception may be with the bright red, yellow, and oranges.

Linetec works hard both internally and with the manufacturers to create the closest match possible without the use of lead or cadmium. In some cases, however, the matches will not have the same color characteristics as when lead or cadmium is used.

For the health and safety of our employees, our customers, and our environment it is
Linetec’s position not to apply paint coatings containing lead or cadmium. It is our desire that customers will choose to support our effort in eliminating the use of all heavy-metal paints.

Guide Specification for High-Performance Architectural Coatings

A new guide specification for factory-applied PVDF (Kynar®) and anodize finishes, Section 05 0513 Shop Applied Coatings for Metal, is available for download in 3-part CSI MasterFormat, from Linetec’s online Architect Resource Center.

Product finishing has always been a part of a project guide specification, but merely as a short description of the desired coating.  This guide specification not only ensures that the desired finish is specified, but also that the finish is applied with the best practices and technologies to guarantee the most durable, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly finish for your project.

Formatted in Word and Word Perfect to be easily incorporated in your firm’s master specification and used as a basis for developing project specifications, this written guide specification delivers complete and concise aluminum finishing information.

The three parts of Linetec’s new guide specification are:

  • Part 1 – General – references for industry-specific standards; submittals to minimize liability; quality assurance including instructions for proper delivery, storage and handling; and warranties
  • Part 2 – Products – acceptable applicators and shop-applied finishes
  • Part 3 – Execution – adjusting for touch-up, cleaning after installation, and developing a schedule for shop-applied finishes

Download 05 0513 Shop-Applied Coatings for Metal guide specification in Word or Word Perfect from Linetec’s Architectural Resource Center.

This non-proprietary guide specification offers specifiable differences and best practices ensuring long-life and durability for your architectural projects.