Textural Architectural Finishes
Powder Coating technology continues to advance, and whilst not a new concept, textured coatings are becoming recognised by specifiers as an alternative to choosing a high gloss, gloss or matt powder coat finish.
Textured finishes offer both a textured feel on close inspection, and introduce a deep matt appearance from a distance. On average textured finishes offer a very low gloss level of just a 5%. Textured finishes can also be very hardwearing and are offered in a wide range of colours, all of which are supplied under the current QUALICOAT specification from licensed applicators across the UK & Ireland. Currently the finishes are growing in popularity rapidly across Europe and the trend is set here to follow with increased specification.
Textured finishes can be supplied in a single opaque colour or be supplied as a metallic finish further enhancing the unique nature of the coating. The textured finish is especially useful if the substrate has slight imperfections that need to be hidden, or there is a need for the coating to have an anti-slip characteristic which may be required for hardware or anti-slip areas.
Together with outstanding durability characteristics, systems can be coated at lower temperatures, typically 170ºC helping to reduce energy consumption. As these powder coat systems offer a particularly deep mat finish, coverage is improved and colour is more consistent across various thicknesses of coating. Some systems can also incorporate anti-graffiti characteristics making them suitable for heavy commercial use.
Quality and consistency of quality, continues to be highlighted by QUALICOAT UK & Ireland, which includes third party testing of all certified powder formulations and pretreatment systems that make up the QUALICOAT approval process. For specification support, any member of the association can offer advice and guidance, for updated information about the use and specification of QUALICOAT in the UK and Ireland, please visit the associations' website at www.qualicoatuki.org