Specification of powder coating finishes on architectural aluminium and other metal substrates can be a complex process and following items should be considered;
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Conditions in each location can vary greatly and this will affect the performance of various finishes. So it is vital that before specifying a given powder coating, the environmental influences on the project are understood. The resistance of each powder coating to the physical and chemical extremes of these climates determines the most suitable product.
The following conditions reference from A4312 (Atmospheric corrosivity zones in Australia) and AS3715 (Metal Finishing – Thermoset powder coatings for architectural applications and aluminium alloys) to define the environmental conditions.
Some environments are so extreme, that the performance of any surface finish may be compromised. For severe environments, whether they are marine and/or industrial, we recommend that you contact DGL before specifying any powder coating finish, to ensure the site meets with our service and warranty conditions.
|Project Type||Environment||Conditions||Recommended AAMA Standard||Product Choice|
|Monumental||Exterior||Mild, Severe or Tropical||AAMA 2605||Fluoroset|
|Prestigious Commercial Development||Exterior||Severe or Tropical||AAMA 2605||Fluoroset|
|Prestigious Commercial Development||Exterior||Mild||AAMA 2604||Duratec/Electro / Fluoroset|
|Commercial Development(>3 levels)||Exterior||Mild, Severe or Tropical||AAMA 2604||Duratec/Electro / Fluoroset|
|Residential (>3 levels)||Exterior||Mild, Severe or Tropical||AAMA 2604||Duratec/Electro / Fluoroset|
|Residential (<4 levels)||Exterior||Severe or Tropical||AAMA 2604||Duratec/Electro / Fluoroset|
|Residential (<4 levels)||Exterior||Mild||AAMA 2603||Duralloy/Duratec/Electro / Fluoroset|
|Non-Habitable||Exterior||Severe or Tropical||AAMA 2604/AAMA 2605||Duratec/Electro / Fluoroset|
|Non-Habitable||Exterior||Mild||AAMA 2603||Duralloy/Duratec/Electro / Fluoroset|
|All Projects||Interior||Moderate Interior||AAMA 2604/AAMA 2605||Duratec/Electro / Fluoroset|
|All Projects||Interior||General Interior||AAMA 2603||Duralloy/Duratec/Electro / Fluoroset|
There are many metal substrates that can be used for architectural applications and their performance is particularly influenced by the following
Powder coatings offer an attractive and durable finish, but it is essential that consideration of industry standards (AAMA and Australian Standards), together with Care & Maintenance are taken into account to ensure that the finish achieves and maintains the expected service life.
The guidelines below provide a summary of information for the most common substrates for architectural applications. For additional information on metal preparation or advice on other metal substrates, such as brass, copper or galvanised sheeting, please refer to Australian Standard 4506-2005.
Aluminium is a versatile metal commonly used for fabrication and finishing due to functionality. Powder coated aluminium has demonstrated outstanding durability in all climates and environments.
Renowned for its strength and reinforcement, steel is best prepared using a combination of chemical and/or mechanical surface preparation, a powder coating primer and a premium DGL top coat. Please contact our Customer Service Team prior to specification or use. DGL does not warrant applications on steel components.
Renowned for its corrosion protection of the base metal steel, a galvanised substrate with a powder coated surface can appear to offer a great marriage of durability and corrosion resistance. However, extreme care is required in the preparation, application and installation of powder coated galvanised steel.
Steel that has been galvanised is designed to protect the base metal. The top galvanised layer is the sacrificial offering to the inevitable progression of corrosion. If the galvanised surface is powder coated, the galvanised layer underneath the powder coating may corrode overtime and so, the adhesion of the powder coating may be compromised. This is especially pertinent when the product is located in or near severe environments such as marine or industrial areas.
On occasions, some colours, whether powder, paints or furnishings may share the same colour name but be entirely different. This is especially true of other powder suppliers who use DGL colour names for their products, but these colours rarely match. When choosing colours, remember to specify both the DGL product code and product name.
If the colour does not appear in our standard ranges of products, Made to Order colours can be produced. However, as each specific colour needs to be formulated and individually manufactured, there are minimum quantity requirements. Please contact our dedicated consultants team for more information.
For a surface coating to provide maximum performance, the metal to be coated must be properly cleaned and prepared, the powder must be applied in accordance with DGL recommendations and the coated metal shall be thoroughly tested for quality assurance before being released for fabrication.
Only DGL Accredited Powder Coaters are able to issue our DGL Alumi Shield warranties after demonstrating their capability to meet stringent quality conditions and international standards.
DGL Accredited Powder Coaters are audited and provide sample checks of product applications detailing their capabilities and ensuring they meet the required standards for product application to meet warranty standards at all times.
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With over 50 years of experience, the AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturer’s Association) is regarded as one of the standards leader for finishes on architectural aluminium. The AAMA objective is to develop and improve quality standards, encourage research & development and set benchmarks for product performance of architectural products.
Specifying powder coatings that comply with one of the below AAMA standards removes all doubt for the fabricator and applicator. The supply chain will be aware of the standard of product demand for the project, as the standards spell out the level of both colour performance and film properties required.
The DGL powder coating products that meet or exceed these standards are shown below:
|Coating Type||Ultra Durable Fluoropolymer||Super Durable Polyester||Super Durable Polyester||Durable Polyester|
For advice on perforated and expanded aluminium please refer to the dedicated information page here
Specify the period of coverage for both colour retention and film integrity warranty, so that a substitute product with a warranty of equivalent film integrity but less colour retention is not used as a replacement.
Only tenders based on quotes provided by a DGL Accredited Powder Coater would be accurate. Verify that the applicator is authorised to apply these warrantable products by requesting a copy of the DGL Accredited Powder Coater certification from the applicator.
Make sure your specification is clear and contains:
√ The project type and environmental conditions.
√ The most appropriate AAMA specification.
√ Suitable product range.
√ Colour name.
√ Warranty details.
√ Accredited Powder Coater specification to ensure a warranty can be issued.
“Duratec Elements Magnatite Flat 90E7725Z to meet AAMA 2604 for a Commercial project greater than 3 stories in a exterior Mild (C3) environment. Product must be applied by a DGL Accredited Powder Coater and must offer a 25 year Durability and 20 year Colour warranty on architectural aluminium.”
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