The use of water-based coatings for exteriors is now well-established thanks to the numerous advantages they offer: reduction of solvent emissions into the atmosphere, short processing times, excellent elasticity and resistance of the coating film to temperature shifts and atmospheric agents, ease of overcoating, and no risk of spontaneous combustion of the overspray dust.
In relation to the formulation of coating products, clients are now demanding the best possible performance that can be achieved through technology in terms of long-term durability, regardless of the cost of the raw materials. This challenge provided the launch pad for the scientific approach taken by ICA Group's laboratories towards the development of water-based coatings for exteriors, aided by innovative simulation programs that enable the performance of the product to be tested by subjecting it to artificial weathering tests.
Over recent years, advances in nanotechnology have made it possible to increase yet further the chemical/physical performance level of the coating film. In particular, the challenge has been to achieve high levels of hardness and resistance to scratches, abrasion, shocks and aggressive external agents, without compromising transparency, which is a very important characteristic of coatings for wood.
Today the range of water-based coatings for exteriors is marked out by its perfect combination of long-lasting beauty and strong, durable protection for frames and shutters.
ICA Group's R&D laboratory has developed a new range of coatings for exterior frames and shutters made from PVC. These high-quality coating products ensure excellent levels of attractiveness, protection and adhesion.