Linetec and Valspar provides consistent, durable finish for Aspen Art Museum

AAM_Roof_Eleven_Skalko-web-400pxAt nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, Aspen, Colorado, is known for its mountain ski slopes that rise seemingly from the heart of the town’s central business district. Echoing these snowy and forested surroundings, design architect and 2014 Pritzker Prize for Architecture winner, Shigeru Ban and his New York practice, Shigeru Ban Architects + Dean Maltz Architect (SBA) designed the new $45 million Aspen Art Museum (AAM), which was completed along with Colorado-based executive architects Cottle Carr Yaw Architects (CCY). Featuring an iconic, composite geometric screen that drapes the museum’s bright glass and white metal exterior on two sides, the new AAM facility was completed in August 2014. The new museum houses 17,500 square feet of exhibition space in all, with over 12,500 square feet of dedicated interior gallery space—more than tripling the former museum facility’s exhibition capabilities.

AAM_GrandStairThree_Skalko_2014-webLinetec finished the aluminum-framed curtainwall, windows, sliding door and skylight systems in its Pure White color. Using Valspar’s Fluropon®, Linetec matched and blended the 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coating in-house to provide a consistent appearance across multiple products and manufacturers. The large openings’ direct light is shaded on two sides of the building by the Prodema screen, which is a synthesis of paper and resin veneered with wood. Natural light is maximized from all elevations to illuminate the museum’s grand staircase, corridor, main street entry and four of six gallery spaces.

“The museum’s lattice screen, bright white finishes and vast amounts of glass create a beautifully intricate play of light and shadow throughout the building. It’s a truly beautiful structure and a very environmentally sound project as well,” describes Linetec’s senior marketing specialist, Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associates.

To enter the 33,000-square-foot museum, located a block and a half from the main ski gondola, visitors may take an external staircase or, upon entry through the main E. Hyman Avenue street-level entry, a glass “moving room” elevator cab to the rooftop sculpture garden and café space on the third level for panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. From there, they can then descend to the galleries, exiting again at street level. Architect Shigeru Ban says this progression mimics the act of skiing: “You rise up, you get the views, then you descend.”

AAM_GalleryWindow_Skalko_2014-webSBA was very specific about their design vision and its color selections, according to Rob Seils, Linetec sales manager. He says, “They wanted the finish to be uniform and consistent from one building material to the next. Coating materials, manufacturing processes and equipment, as well as color measuring standards can vary significantly amongst coating applicators. The best way to control color consistency is to use one coating manufacturer and applicator whenever possible. Our color-matching experts scanned color samples, analyzed them with our exclusive color management software, and created the recipe of tints and bases to precisely match the color sample.”

Customer samples and color match requests are typically processed and completed in 24 hours for most in-house blendable colors. For SBA and the Aspen Art Museum, these quick-turn timelines were maintained, as was open communication and consultation with Valspar. “Our lab associates can match anything, from a piece of metal to a section of masonry, to a swatch of fabric,” Seils notes.

“The process to successfully match a color involves chemistry and the appropriate lighting,” elaborates Valspar’s technical manager for extrusion coatings, Mike Churchill. “When we receive a color to match, we analyze its pigment composition — which defines its chemistry. Utilizing only one light source, a given color could be matched with multiple pigment combinations. However, if you change the light source, each of the matches will look visually different from one another and some differences can be quite dramatic. For exterior coatings, the final review of the matched panels should be done at midday outdoors and not in an office setting with fluorescent lights. If you review the panel under fluorescent lights, it may not appear to be as close a match as desired.

AAM_GalleryRoofDeck_Skalko_2014-web2To meet the architects’ visual and performance requirements, Linetec and Valspar recommended a three-coat Fluropon finish – primer, top coat (color coat) and clear coat. “Typically, with lighter colors clear coats are not used. The resins in the clear coat have a yellowish tint. When applied at the lower dry film thickness typical of a normal clear coat spray application, this will result in the finish having a slightly orange peeled and blotchy appearance,” cautions Churchill. “For this application, we were fortunate that the color choice was a yellowish shade of an off-white color. This enabled a thicker film clear coat to be applied. The thicker films level out better for a more even look and provide added protection against UV at the higher Aspen elevation.”

AAM_ExtCorner1_Skalko-webThe museum’s elevation and the prevailing local climate were key concerns. “UV radiation is one of the biggest culprits for degrading paint’s performance, causing loss of gloss, chalking and color fade. For every 1000 meters above sea level, UV radiation levels increase approximately 12 percent,” says Churchill. “Valspar’s Fluropon coatings are among the most weather-resistant of all finishes, meeting the most demanding exterior architectural specification, AAMA 2605-13.”

AAMA’s rigorous testing performance standards include more than 2,000 hours of prohesion (cyclic corrosion) exposures; 4,000 hours of humidity resistance; and a variety of physical property and chemical resistance testing. AAMA standards also require the coating to maintain specified standards of film integrity, color retention, chalk resistance and gloss retention for a period of 10 years. Valspar’s Fluropon coatings have demonstrated their performance for nearly 50 years in real-world applications. They also successfully have met the Equatorial Mount with Mirrors for Acceleration with Water (EMMAQUA®) testing, Q-TRAC sunlight concentrator testing and Florida outdoor exposure testing.

Further managing UV and solar heat gain, the Museum’s 12,000 square foot, custom-built EFCO curtainwall system features Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ operable windows and triple insulated glass units (IGUs) from Viracon. “Our 2250i-XLT series window, open for 2-inch overall glass and glazing by Harmon, met the tough thermal requirements of the project,” says Jay Albee, Wausau’s product and pricing specialist.

Glazing contractor Harmon, Inc. installed the curtainwall system and was also responsibleAAM_ChildrenStairTwo_Skalko_2014-web for the museum’s structural glass floor skylights and SAFTIFIRST fire-rated exterior and interior curtainwall. “The project is like no other; the enclosure systems we installed are technically custom and specific to the design intent. Harmon’s ‘innovative solutions,’ with the assistance of LTS Drafting and Engineering, Stutzki Engineering, Quast Consulting and Testing and Architectural Aluminum Fabrication, Inc. offered the project a means to meet SBA’s design criteria in terms of aesthetics and performance,” says Harmon’s senior project manager, Jason Nimmo.

“The installation of these custom systems was quite challenging,” Nimmo acknowledges. “At the same time, the finished product is something we will always take pride in. The customization of the EFCO 5500X curtainwall system started with Linetec’s fine finishing skills and ended with custom through-mullion sex-bolt connections via 3/8-inch aluminum knife plates. These knife plates connected the curtainwall system to the inboard structure and the outboard steel grid system that supports the woven panel screen wall. This particular detail is pronounced at the grand stair, as the curtainwall connection brackets span more than 8-feet overhead — perpendicular to the stairs — before tying into an embed at the post-tension concrete floors.”

AAM_Roof_TwoDay_Skalko-webNimmo adds, “Although, the exterior views of the enclosure systems are masked by the custom, woven panel screen wall system, the views from the interior are definitely appealing. The AAM building is truly an architectural icon.”

Helping make this destination accessible for all, the glass elevator provides functionality, transparency and complements the grand stair. “The application itself presented several hurdles for SAFTIFIRST; being a two-hour, exterior, elevator enclosure. Our engineering and project management worked closely with Harmon, SBA and CCY to ensure a seamless integration of our system into the overall design,” states Timothy Nass, vice president of national sales for SAFTIFIRST.

Nass continues, “The aesthetic challenges required coordination with other manufacturers and Linetec’s ability to provide us with a custom, painted finish solidified our goal of blending in with the adjacent, non-rated systems. While code compliance is always priority number one, controlling the elements, ensuring thermal integrity and meeting the unique requirements of an elevator shaft were also top priorities.”

Taking the glass elevator to the rooftop sculpture garden, visitors enjoy a different perspective as they look through the large skylights into the gallery space below. Harmon installed the Panda sliding doors and skylights from Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC. These skylights include a 36-foot-6-inch-square, triangular single pitch unit with a diagonal framing pattern, and an L-shaped single pitch unit stretching 5-feet-wide by 44-feet-long on each leg. Viracon supplied the low-iron, fritted glass for both units. Meeting maximum height elevations established by the design team, the skylights have very shallow slopes (1.14 and 3.0 degrees).

“To promote optimum water shedding, Super Sky’s Total Flush Glazing system was usedAAM_EntryLobby_Skalko_2014-web to eliminate the use of standard pressure plates, which would have restricted water flow off the glass surface,” explains Super Sky’s project manager, Todd Wilde. “Both units were supported by a very unique and finely crafted exposed wood timber truss system. Close coordination with the roof truss geometry was essential to ensure that support post base plates lined up with the roof truss top chord intersections, as well as having the framing members align with truss top chord members.”

Strategic placement of the skylights helps minimize the use of electricity, combined with photovoltaic panels. With their stringent lighting and climate-control needs, museums tend to consume large amounts of energy. However, the Aspen Art Museum utilizes what the architectural team refers to as a “thermos” design, in which the most energy-demanding spaces are placed at the center of the building, surrounded with circulation space. This double-layered building envelope maintains proper humidity levels in the galleries without expending unnecessary energy and costs to adjust those levels elsewhere. The exterior curtainwall, window and entrance systems’ Pure White color finish also reflects the solar radiation, which further contributes to the museum’s overall energy savings.

AAM_Roof_One_Skalko-webOther energy-efficient aspects include recycling of “waste heat” and a chilled water-cooling system. By redirecting excess heat to the noncritical building perimeter and outside the snowmelt areas, the galleries are protected from overheating in a well insulated, sealed building envelope. Chilled water provides cooling systems to the galleries year-round, in lieu of natural ventilation, which would compromise indoor air-quality standards in critical areas.

With respect to the contributions and collaboration of the project’s team members, SAFTIFIRST’s Nass summarizes, “Everyone associated with the project proved that they were tops in their respective fields. It is truly an honor to be associated with a building such as this.”

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Aspen Art Museum; 637 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen, Colorado 81611; https://www.aspenartmuseum.org
• Owner’s representative and project manager: O’Connor Consulting, LLC; Basalt, Colorado; http://www.oconnorconsult.com
• Architect: Shigeru Ban Architects + Dean Maltz Architect; Tokyo, Japan; http://www.shigerubanarchitects.com; New York office, http://www.dma-ny.com/site_sba/?page_id=309
• Executive architect: Cottle Carr Yaw Architects, Ltd.; Basalt, Colorado; http://www.ccyarchitects.com
• General contractor: Turner Construction Company; Denver office; http://www.turnerconstruction.com
• Construction manager – local contractor: Summit Construction Company; Basalt, Colorado; http://cosummitconstruction.com
• Glazing contractor and curtainwall fabricator: Harmon, Inc.; Denver office; http://www.harmoninc.com
• Exterior curtainwall – drafting and engineering: LTS Drafting and Engineering; Englewood, Colorado; http://www.ltsdrafting.com
• Exterior curtainwall – engineering consulting: Stutzki Engineering, Inc.; Milwaukee; http://stutzkiengineering.com
• Exterior curtainwall – testing: Quast Consulting and Testing, Inc.; Mosinee, Wisconsin; http://www.qcandt.com/
• Exterior curtainwall – fabrication: Architectural Aluminum Fabrication, Inc.; Aurora, Colorado
• Exterior curtainwall, window and skylight system – glass fabricator: Viracon, Inc.; Owatonna, Minnesota; http://www.viracon.com
• Exterior curtainwall system – manufacturer: EFCO; Monett, Missouri; http://www.efcocorp.com
• Interior curtainwall – manufacturer: SAFTIFIRST; Brisbane, California; http://www.safti.com
• Sliding doors – manufacturer: Panda Windows & Doors; North Las Vegas, Nevada; http://www.panda-windows.com
• Window system – manufacturer: Wausau Window and Wall Systems; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.wausauwindow.com
• Skylight system – manufacturer: Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC; Mequon, Wisconsin; http://www.supersky.com
• Curtainwall, window, sliding door and skylight systems – finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
• Curtainwall, window, sliding door and skylight systems – finish: Valspar 70% PVDF Fluropon®; The Valspar Corporation; Minneapolis; http://www.valsparcoilextrusion.com

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Linetec finished project wins MCA’s 2014 Chairman Awards

MCA’s 2014 Chairman Awards Institutional Award Winner:

Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral in Port Canaveral, Florida

PortCanaveral1 (1)With 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 coincides with the Port’s 60th anniversary of its establishment and the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s landing on Florida’s east coast.

PortCanaveral2Taking 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.

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.

PortCanaveral3The MCA members involved with the project was Firestone Metal Products and Valspar and the project featured UNA-CLAD Aluminum flat MCM wall panels.  The architect was GWWO, Inc.  The contractor was Skanska USA and the metal installer was KENPAT USA, LLC.  Firestone Metal Products was the manufacturer, Linetec was the metal finisher using a Valspar coating.

More information on the MCA’s 2014 Chairman Awards

Skylight finished by Linetec crowns The Alfond Inn at Rollins, Florida

Alfond-Hotel-06-low-resThe domed skylight crowning The Alfond Inn’s large atrium quickly has become known as the hotel’s “jeweled center” and key identifying feature of Rollins College campus’ new landmark in Winter Park, Florida. Manufactured and installed by Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC, this multi-slope, dome skylight with cupola and finial spans nearly 39 feet in diameter. This signature glass structure is framed in aluminum, finished by Linetec in Valspar’s durable Fluropon® Classic II bronze finish.

The Alfond Inn’s skylight-capped, 112-room destination opened August 2013 as the city’s newest hotel, and one of only three in the area. Located 30 minutes from Walt Disney World, the new, boutique hotel is owned by Rollins College, Florida’s oldest post-secondary institution. The 107,000-square-foot Alfond Inn is operated by The Olympia Companies.

Alfond-Hotel-01-low-resBaker Barrios Architects, Inc. was selected to manage the hotel’s planning, architecture, interior design and landscape architecture. The Alfond Inn embraces the surrounding campus’ Spanish- Mediterranean revival style: softly curved corners, sturdy columns, white stucco and cast stone walls, wrought iron accents, high ceilings and as much natural light as possible.

Other highlights and amenities include 10,000 square feet of meeting space, a central courtyard, dog-friendly atmosphere, a luxurious pool, Hamilton’s Kitchen restaurant with locally sourced ingredients and a contemporary fine art collection worthy of a docent-led tour. The interior décor blends classic and modern, combining plaster, tile and wood with glass and metal.

Durability, recycled and reusable materials, daylighting, energy efficiency and other environmental practices are all attributes currently being reviewed by the U.S. Green Building Council for Silver certification with LEED® Green Building Rating System. As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec safely captures and destroys the liquid paints’ volatile organic compounds (VOC) content before the finished material arrives at the job site.

“For projects seeking LEED certification and other green goals, choosing durable products with no-VOC finishes can be an important part of the selection and specification process,” explains Linetec’s senior marketing specialist, Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate. “Like other 70% PVDF [polyvinylidene fluoride] resin-based finishes, Valspar’s Fluropon coatings are amongst the most weather-resistant of all finishes, meeting the most demanding, exterior, architectural specification AAMA 2605-11.”

This specification requires paint coatings to meet rigorous testing performance standards, including more than 2,000 hours of cyclic corrosion per ASTM G85 annex 5, and heat- and humidity-resistance. Per AAMA-2605, the coating also must maintain its film integrity, color retention, chalk resistance, gloss retention, and erosion resistance properties for a minimum of 10 years on the South Florida testing site. Helping manage the Florida sunshine’s solar heat gain, the skylight also incorporates Viracon’s high-performance, insulated laminated glazing units.

Alfond-Hotel-06-low-resThe Alfond Inn is open to all who visit the Florida campus and presents a lasting, positive impression on Rollins College’s prospective students and their families. “We wanted them to feel at home — not just the students but the parents,” commented Shannon Michael Larimer, Baker Barrios Architects’ vice president of marketing, as reported in the Orlando Sentinel.

The $30 million hotel was built, in part, with a $12.5 million grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation. As a condition of the gift, revenue from the hotel funds scholarships to Rollins College through the Alfond Scholars fund.

The Alfond Inn at Rollins; 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park, Florida, 32789; http://www.thealfondinn.com

 

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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Top Color Trends for 2013 – According to Valspar

Let’s start the year with a fresh set of paint color selections. Finding a perfect color for your project can be challenging. Valspar brings many inspirations, tips and tools to ease the color selection process.

Color-Matters

“Color, like features, follow the changes of emotions.”  Pablo Picasso

Valspar has completed intense research, analysis and forecasting  to learn about the immediate and long terms goals of it’s market. These color trends are refined into sets of pallets that tell an overarching story.

They have found that we are moving into untested grounds. A place where things are not so simple and clear — and the boundaries are blurred. So as we explore different ways to deal with uncertainty, this gives us a sense of control, not just playful escape. It is our innate urge to live out and find ingenious ways to enrich our life, habitat and future.

Use of color is an important aspect of architecture can sometimes be overlooked.Colors and forms merge to develop energy, reflective of contemporary urban landscapes. Imposing structures can affect how we go about our everyday lives and can impact city living in a positive way.

Color-Matters_metal

Warm mica and metallic finishes have recently emerged within silver and gray colors.  Warm, pearlised painted aluminum are starting to take a stronghold. Brushed and polished aluminum finishes are also emerging as a newer trend.

Color-Matters_blackBlack is an elemental color for all creative’s with its striking aesthetics. An increased use of matte black and soft-touch blacks are surfacing through architectural  products and design. The dark black hue creates  a striking contrast with natural surroundings, particularly in areas where vegetation is rich.

 

Color-Matters_curve-appealThese bold colored hues drive trends of inspiration and experimental finishes. Carefully used bold colors in architecture bring another experience into the environment and space.  As colors are becoming more important in our lives, these bold hues are coming forward in architectural design.

Check out more information on the hot new colors for 2013 predicted by the Valspar color experts!

For more information on your finishing needs contact Linetec.

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.