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Restoring a Vibrant Exterior with Ultra-Durable Coatings

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2020

By APV Engineered Coatings


Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO) provides homes, foster care, adoption, and support services to abused, neglected and at-risk children in South Florida. In 2014, when the nonprofit expanded its mission to support families raising children with developmental disabilities, it built the innovative Children’s Ability Center. The bright and airy two-story, 43,000-square-foot facility features a sweeping canopy and a facade of striking colors to create a vibrant and welcoming appearance.


Before (left): After five years in the hot Florida sun, the paint on the building’s exterior had faded, chalked and deteriorated. After (right)The bold, rich color of the new coating system is expected to stand up to years of damaging UV rays. PHOTOS COURTESY OF APV ENGINEERED COATINGS

Weathering Issues in the Sunshine State

Keeping building facades in pristine condition can be difficult and expensive, because many coatings can rapidly degrade in Florida’s brutal humidity, high temperatures, salt air and harsh sunlight. Designs incorporating deep, brighter-hued shades, such as the red, orange, yellow and blue colors on the center’s exterior, are especially prone to severe fading.

After only five years of exposure to these intense weather conditions, the Children’s Ability Center showed signs of wear and tear. The colorful stucco facade—originally painted with an acrylic-based coating—significantly faded, chalked and deteriorated. With the weather taking its toll on the building’s surface, JAFCO turned to coating contractor Restore Construction Group for a restoration solution that would stand the test of time.

Seeking Longer-Lasting Protection

When selecting a restoration coating for the stucco facade, the building owner’s primary goals were longevity, accurate color matching and steadfastness of the bold color pallet. To meet these needs, the Restore Construction Group recommended upgrading from a premium acrylic latex paint to a more durable and longer-lasting fluoropolymer topcoat finish that would ensure long-term weatherability and color retention.

The chosen coating system, NeverFade Façade Restoration Coatings with Kynar Aquatec, is made with a PVDF emulsion and complex inorganic pigments, formulated to resist dirt, staining, microbiological growth and corrosion. Naturally hydrophobic, PVDF is highly effective at preventing water from penetrating the coated surface. 

“Due to the inconvenience and expense of repainting the building every five years, the building owner was convinced that this high-performance topcoat was the best solution for meeting their project goals,” said Norge Arnaiz, principal of the Restore Construction Group. “Additionally, the very limited 10-year warranty that came with the originally specified acrylic paint did not cover color fading, and the product manufacturer could not precisely match the specified colors.” He noted that APV, by contrast, backs its coatings with a 15-year product-and-labor warranty against color fading.

Getting Restoration Under way

APV Engineered Coatings custom-color matches its NeverFade topcoats to each customer’s specification. In this case, the company matched JAFCO’s trademark deep red, orange, yellow and blue color scheme. The project team then produced drawdown cards and mockups on the structure to conduct performance tests and confirmed that the finishes and colors met the client’s expectations.

The restoration started with repairing the concrete substrate and replacing most of the PVC reveals that break the stucco into sections. The surface was then cleaned with pressure washers and covered with APV’s W-1500 Universal Primer. After the surface preparation work and primer installation were completed, the crews applied two coats of the topcoat finish using rollers and brushes per the specified film thickness.

Metal sunshades were scraped and sanded to bare metal with a wire wheel and wiped with solvent before being primed with APV’s 2K Epoxy Corrosion-Resistant Primer. Following the primer, a coat of NeverFade Metal Restoration Topcoat was applied to specified thickness.

“The high-performance topcoat had a creamy, rich texture with excellent workability and flowability,” said Arnaiz. “The coating evenly covered the building’s stucco profile and kept a nice wet edge with no roller marks, which is a challenge in the hot, humid Florida climate.”

Standing the Test of Time

The Children’s Ability Center now has a fresh and brighter new look. JAFCO managers say they are very pleased with the restored exterior and the new coating’s higher resistance to the harsh South Florida weather.

“Our intent was to be budget conscious while providing a long-lasting, beautiful aesthetic,” said Michael Moran, Facilities Director at JAFCO. “The high-performance coating will not only retain its vibrant, colorful appeal for a very long time but also provide significant cost savings by not having to repaint the facility every five years, which is a typical coating lifecycle in Florida.”

Claims or positions expressed by sponsoring authors do not necessarily reflect the views of TPC, PaintSquare or its editors.
NeverFade® is a registered trademark belonging to APV Engineered Coatings, Inc.
Sold under a trademark license from Arkema, Inc., the owner of the Kynar Aquatec® trademark. 

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