APV Engineered Coatings has launched a new line of primer and topcoat systems under the NeverFade brand name for restoration of architectural metal structures such as wall panels, window and door frames, roofs, railings, overhangs and decorative features. Available in solvent- and water-based formulations, the new NeverFade Façade Restoration coatings are ideal for use with carbon steel, stainless steel, bare aluminum and anodized aluminum.

These robust coating systems resist UV degradation, abrasion, corrosion, mold growth, dirt and staining. They resist chalking and maintain their color (even with dark colors and earth tones) so well that APV offers a 15-year warranty for fade performance. The warranty covers replacement product as well as labor costs.

“Our NeverFade original formulation was initially launched for concrete, stucco, masonry and vinyl siding applications,” said Mike Couchie, vice president, sales, APV Coatings. “Now, we’re offering a restoration system that will help commercial and industrial property owners completely restore metal facades so they look and perform just as though they had a new factory finish. Although we warrant the product to perform against fading for 15 years, it should perform against the elements for up to 30 years.”

“These advantages are just some of the reasons NeverFade Façade Restoration systems have been chosen for applications such as the scoreboards in EverBank Field in Jacksonville and buildings and structures at the Marion County School System in Ocala, Florida,” he added.
Water- and Solvent-Based Formulations
The product line’s water-based metal restoration coatings are formulated with Kynar Aquatec emulsion from Arkema. It meets SCAQMD Rule 1113 VOC limits in Southern California for industrial maintenance coatings, with only 40-100 grams/liter of VOCs, depending on color. The coating can be used with APV’s complementary W-1650 bonding primer for previously coated fluoropolymer surfaces, such as Kynar 500 resin-based coatings, which demonstrates excellent adhesion. The primer contains 50 grams/liter of VOCs, meeting SCAQMC Rule 1113 VOC limits for Southern California of 100 grams/liter of VOCs. The water-based topcoat also can be used with APV’s W-1500 universal primer and APV’s two component corrosion-resistant epoxy primer. This product contains exempt solvents to meet SCAQMC Rule 1113 VOC limits.

The solvent-based metal restoration coatings are formulated with Kynar ADS II resin from Arkema. It dries in 10-15 minutes and sets up and hardens quickly. The coating can be used with APV’s complementary two component corrosion-resistant epoxy primer, a robust primer that provides an exceptional bond to metal and concrete surfaces.

“Kynar PVDF resin-based coatings have over 50 years of demonstrated weathering and UV resistance in both wet and dry climates. The longevity of these coatings is due to the chemistry of Kynar PVDF,” said Ron Partridge, senior account manager, Arkema, Inc. “They resist degradation and erosion, and they inherently resist mold, mildew, staining and chemical pollution, while coatings made with other polymeric binders can severely chalk and fade within a few years.”
Custom Colors
All NeverFade Façade Restoration formulas are custom color-matched to order. They are available in flat, eggshell, and semi-gloss sheens. The coatings are ready to use as supplied and come in 1-gallon cans, 5-gallon pails and 55-gallon drums. They can be applied with a brush, roller or conventional spray equipment.