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PPG CORAFLON® PLATINUM Powder Coatings: The Next Evolution in Color and Sustainability for Extrusion

Posted on Friday, May 21, 2021

PPG has introduced PPG CORAFLON® Platinum coatings, a breakthrough in powder coatings technology that fundamentally alters what is possible with metal building coatings, not just in terms of how they look, but also their application and environmental performance. 

Long known for leading change within the industry through color and performance innovation, PPG is blazing a new trail with this innovative, versatile and technologically advanced powder coating. 

Expanding the Potential of Powder 
Architects are increasingly turning to powder coatings for monumental building applications, due in large part to their inherent environmental advantages: solvent-free formulation, reduced weight for shipping, excellent recovery and recyclability rates and single-coat, direct-to-metal (DTM) application.

Long regarded as a leader in powder coatings development, PPG was recognized for its specific expertise in powder coatings for metal building components in 2009, when it won an R&D 100 Award – the “Oscar” award of global research and innovation – for its introduction of PPG Duranar powder coatings.

These coatings, which were based on the same proven resin technology as the company’s flagship liquid coatings, constituted a major technical achievement because they enabled a coatings manufacturer – for the first time – to economically produce custom colors in the small-batch sizes typically required for individual building projects.

Today, thanks to ongoing investment in the technology, powder coatings for monumental building applications are more versatile, economical and colorful than ever. Nevertheless, PPG Coraflon Platinum powder coatings represent an unprecedented step forward in the protection and beautification of aluminum architectural and building components.

Expanded Color and Gloss Range
In today’s ultra-competitive building market, the ability for architects to customize colors and effects for signature building projects has become paramount. Now with PPG Coraflon Platinum coatings, the ability to meet that demand using powder coatings technology has increased exponentially.

While standard fluoroethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) coatings offer a gloss range of 25 to 75, the new technology featured in PPG Coraflon Platinum coatings broadens that spread from 5 to 85. Combined with the ability to add mica, metallic and other special effects, the coating’s gloss range and color palette dramatically expands architects’ freedom of design for window frames, building panels, storefronts and curtainwall components.

Another advantage built into PPG Coraflon Platinum powder coatings is their ability to mimic color and texture. Equipped with a uniquely robust protective layer, these products are especially effective at re-creating the look of anodized aluminum while providing corrosion resistance and long-term colorfastness that is not achievable with the traditional aluminum anodizing.

Durable products such as stone, granite and other natural surfaces also are in vogue for high-end building facades. Unfortunately, their cost and physical weight make them too expensive and impractical for many building projects. PPG Coraflon Platinum coatings can help architects and specifiers overcome that challenge. Available in ultra-high gloss and matte finishes not obtainable with traditional FEVE coatings, these next-generation powders can be custom-formulated to replicate the look of terra cotta, stone, granite, cement and other finishes at a lower cost than those materials.

Application and Sustainability Advantages
PPG Coraflon Platinum coatings are not just notable for their aesthetic versatility. They also have high transfer rates that enable them to apply up to 20% more efficiently than standard FEVE coatings. This is a potentially game-changing advance for coatings applicators because it has the capability to unleash a range of cost-saving and sustainability benefits, including:

  • Full reclaimability;
  • Faster film builds using less material;
  • Less overall powder usage;
  • More complete coverage of complex, multi-dimensional building components;
  • Easier application; and
  • Less reliance on highly skilled labor.

Additionally, PPG Coraflon Platinum coatings are formulated without many of the world’s most commonly designated materials of concern, such as triglycidyl isocyanurate (TGIC), bisphenol A (BPA), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), fluourosurfactants, hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and multiple other substances on the Living Building Challenge (LBC) Red List of harmful materials, chemicals and elements. 

Due to the absence of these ingredients and because of their ability to resist corrosion, PPG Coraflon Platinum powder coatings provide a truly global technology platform for metal architectural and building components, simultaneously meeting the American Architectural Metal Manufacturers (AAMA) 2605 specification for weathering in North America and the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) health and environmental mandates in Europe.

Next Steps
Ready to learn more? If so, PPG has a range of educational and technical resources available to support PPG Coraflon Platinum powder coatings, including a sample color card, data sheet and brochure, which explain the advantages of powder coatings and the specific benefits of this new technology. The company also has representatives available to discuss PPG’s ability to customize colors and effects for signature building projects, and to match these colors and effects in both liquid and color platforms and across multiple building substrates.

For more information, visit or call 800-258-6398.