X-Pro: A new technology for securing powder coating performance, before the construction site. ―
Powder coatings are the most sustainable color application currently available: Aluminum or steel architectural components are delivered to a certified coater, where they are first charged with static electricity, then sprayed with dry powder coating, and then baked until the coating catches on, through a polymerization process ignited by heat. All dry residue is collected before baking to be reused, and the coated components are then transported to the construction site to be mounted.
This presents all the benefits and drawbacks of prefabrication: it is easy to control the coating process, making significant financial and environmental gains, but transportation and mounting may entail damages on the coating of some prefabricated pieces, namely scratching and marring: This can be easily resolved on-site, of course, retouching the damaged parts with liquid paint, but AkzoNobel devised a new powder coating technology to minimize this necessity: X-Pro.
X-Pro is not a new powder coating range, but a technology to give high-quality architectural features even greater resistance to scratching and marring. Initially available in Interpon’s D1036 range since 2019, now AkzoNobel Powder Coatings has extended its X-Pro technology to Interpon’s superdurable D2525 range. This latter X-Pro line already includes 150 finishes that are Ready-To-Ship (RTS).
The new extended range is available in a collection of colors, providing architectural specifiers with even more possibilities of enhancing the beauty and longevity of their buildings, without the concern of any part of their design, such as a window or door, being scratched in transit or during handling and installation.
“Architects trust in our innovation, and in our ability as a global leader to protect their creations with highly durable coatings that have a quality, reliability and performance that is second to none. Extending the X-Pro family into Interpon’s superdurable range demonstrates our ongoing innovation strategy and our commitment to keep giving our customers access to even more durable coatings in the widest span of colors and finishes to satisfy any imagination”, says Daniela Vlad, Business Director of AkzoNobel Powder Coatings.
“Our powder coatings help architects create the buildings they imagine without having to compromise on finish. With a superdurable powder architectural assets are protected during handling, transport and assembly and retain their superior finish for the years to come”, explains Bob Dirks, Global Segment Manager Architectural, AkzoNobel Powder Coatings.
The enhanced gloss retention and scratch resistance of Interpon D X-Pro have been verified using the industry-standard Martindale Test, which simulates various kinds of marring to measure superficial surface imperfections.
Specifying Interpon D2525 superdurable powder coatings in a building is a choice dependent on the project’ location, exposure to weather, desired performance and budget; X-Pro technology confronts the problems that may arise before powder-coated components are mounted on the building, and it facilitates project management by eliminating retouching or component rejection at quality control. A new technological feat with spectacular results already, X-Pro testifies to AkzoNobel’s commitment to building excellence, in all stages of construction: before, during, and after.