PPG Launches CORAFLON Platinum Powder Coatings for Architectural Metals

PPG | May 24, 2021

PPG today announced the introduction of PPG CORAFLON® Platinum fluoroethylene ether (FEVE) fluoropolymer powder coatings for architectural extrusions and sheet aluminum. The patented coatings technology offers high transfer efficiency rates of quite 20% and improved corrosion resistance compared to plain FEVE powder coatings.

PPG Coraflon Platinum powder coatings are available globally during a wide selection of colours , glosses, including micas and metallic finishes, for metal building components and architectural applications that demand the industry’s highest levels of corrosion and weathering resistance. Additional color options include a good range of eye-catching mineral tones and textures that mimic cement, stone, terracotta and other natural finishes.

The coatings are compliant with the Fenestration and Glazing Industrial Alliance and American Architectural Manufacturers Association (FGIA/AAMA) 2605 and backed by quite nine years of third-party testing data, passing 4,000 hours of cyclic corrosion testing. they provide architects an extended gloss range from five to 85 compared to 25 to 70 for normal FEVE powder coatings. this enables the coatings to realize the design of anodized aluminum when laid out in a matte (low-gloss) finish, all while providing corrosion resistance and long-term colorfastness impossible with the normal anodized process.

PG Coraflon Platinum coatings are tested to satisfy strict environmental standards, including Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) standards in Europe. The powder technology is specifically formulated without substances of interest, like triglycidyl isocyanurate (TGIC), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), fluorosurfactants, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and Living Building Challenge (LBC) Red List substances. The coatings even have been tested to realize 70% less e-cap than competing products.

All PPG Coraflon Platinum coatings are covered by a 20-year warranty that meets AAMA 2605 specifications for film integrity, chalk resistance and color change.

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