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  • The primary benefits of LUMIFLON are its superior durability, weatherability and longevity. Because of the strength of LUMIFLON’s Carbon-Fluorine (C-F) bonds, and its unique chemical structure, the weatherability can be extended for years. In turn, the fluoropolymer’s durability prevents corrosion from water, oxygen and chloride. With its superior weatherability, LUMIFLON ensures a longer life on building exteriors and facades, resulting in less need for repainting and a substantial decrease in life cycle costs compared to other coatings on the market today.

    In addition to its superior durability, LUMIFLON also offers architects the ability to use brighter colors and higher gloss than Kynar® PVDF systems. Kynar® dispersions are milky and cloudy, reducing the maximum gloss to about 40. LUMIFLON resins are clear, meaning that LUMIFLON resins have no matting effect, offering gloss values as high as 90. That means LUMIFLON offers architects the option to specify brighter, more varied and a broad range of gloss, from matte to high gloss. In addition, LUMIFLON coatings can be either heat cured or cured at ambient temperature, offering fabricators a choice between shop application or application in the field. A perfect match between coil coating colors and field applied coating colors can be obtained. LUMIFLON fluoropolymer coatings can also be used to repair Kynar® coatings in the field.

    LUMIFLON has been used internationally on building exteriors and facades for over 25 years. Architects are learning that LUMIFLON coatings can be used on steel, aluminum, fiberglass, concrete and polycarbonate for 30 years without fading, providing weathering and corrosion protection.

    LUMIFLON Architectural Coating Grades

    LUMIFLON Architectural Coating Grades

    Grade LF-200 LF-200F LF-552 LF-600X LF-710F LF-910LM LF-916F
    Features Moderate Molecular Weight solid resin for low VOC/HAPS- free coatings Moderate Molecular Weight for coil coatings High Molecular Weight High Tg resin for powder coatings Low Molecular Weight solid resin for low VOC/HAPS- free coatings
    Resin Properties
    Tg (°C/°F) 35/95 35/95 20/68  20/68 51/125 37/99 34/93
    OH Value (mg KOH/g of polymer) 52 49 52  57 46 100 100
    Solid resins, Wt. % 60 >98 40  50 >99 66 >99
    Specific Gravity, 25°C 1.12  1.08 1.40 1.16
    Solvent Xylene None Aromatic Hydrocarbon Solvent/ Cyclohexanone  xylene None Xylene None

    Xenon test of white enamels

    Xenon test of white enamels

    Xenon test of white enamels

    Weathering of LUMIFLON

    Natural exposure test on LUMIFLON Miami, Florida (ASTMG7)

    natural exposure test on LUMIFLON Miami, Florida (ASTMG7)

    Radiant exposure:N/A
    Test Method:ASTM G
    Type of test:DIRECT 30 , DEG SOUTH , OPEN BACK
    Location:Exposed in Miami , Florida

    EMMAQUA Weathering Test

    EMMAQUA Weathering Test

    UV: Mj/m2 (295-385nm)

    Okinawa weathering chart

    Okinawa Weathering Chart

    FEVE resin topcoats accelerated weathering QUV-A (ASTM D4587)

    FEVE resin topcoats accelerated weathering QUV-A (ASTM D4587)
  • The aerospace industry is constantly looking for ways to improve the appearance and reduce life cycle costs of both civilian and military aircraft. Paint systems made with LUMIFLON high durability fluoropolymer resins are offering aircraft manufacturers coatings that look good and maintain that outstanding appearance for the life of the coating.

    Over the years, LUMIFLON resins have outperformed standard aerospace coatings on steel, aluminum, magnesium and plastics with a life up to five times that of acrylic urethanes. By using LUMIFLON-based coatings, airlines can reduce maintenance costs by as much as 50% over the life of the plane, in addition to substantially reducing the loss of revenue during scheduled repainting.

    LUMIFLON fluoropolymer resins can be formulated to give coatings with a wide range of gloss, from matte finishes to high gloss. The LUMIFLON resin is also clear, making it completely compatible with a wide range of pigments and colors. Aircraft coated with the LUMIFLON resin typically require no repainting for at least eight years, maintaining outstanding appearance and a durable surface that allows for easy cleaning. In contrast, acrylic urethanes begin to fade and chalk after only three years and require repainting after five.

    LUMIFLON resins have been used worldwide to formulate aerospace coatings for both military and commercial aircraft. The fluoropolymer resins are offered in high solids solvent based products, but also come in environmentally friendly solid resins, allowing the formulation of low-VOC and HAPS-free coatings.

    LUMIFLON’s alternating structure protects the coating from degradation by UV rays, chemicals, and other environmental hazards

    Clearly, LUMIFLON is the choice for leaders in the aerospace industry, offering superior durability, weatherability and longevity.

    LUMIFLON Aerospace Coating Grades

    LUMIFLON Aerospace Coating Grades:

    Grade LF-9716 LF-9721 LF-910LM
    markets aerospace, other military
    substrates aluminum,composites,steel
    solid Resin, wt. % 70 70 66
    specific Gravity, 25°C 1.25 1.26 1.16
    OH Value,
    mg KOH/g of polymer
    170 160 100
    gardner color <1 <1 <1
    viscosity, stokes,cm2/s, 25°C 35 30 5
    solvent ethyl 3-ethoxy propionate ethyl 3-ethoxy propionate Xylene

    Weathering of LUMIFLON

    Natural exposure test on LUMIFLON Miami, Florida (ASTMG7)

    natural exposure test on LUMIFLON Miami, Florida (ASTMG7)

    Radiant exposure:N/A
    Test Method:ASTM G
    Type of test:DIRECT 30 , DEG SOUTH , OPEN BACK
    Location:Exposed in Miami , Florida
  • Thanks to new coating systems, repainting bridges could become a thing of the past. The latest developments include fluoropolymer-based paints that can last more than 30 years without any need for re-coating.

    LUMIFLON’s low permeability to oxygen, water and chloride is unchanged after years of exposure to the elements, significantly reducing the opportunity for corrosion to begin on bridge surfaces. In addition, the flexibility and toughness of these coatings also remain unchanged, again reducing corrosion and limiting the risk of damage to the bridge surfaces over time.

    Over the years, LUMIFLON resins have outperformed such common coatings as alkyds, chlorinated rubber, acrylics, urethanes and even siloxanes on steel and concrete, significantly reducing total life cycle maintenance costs on major bridge projects. When coatings made from LUMIFLON have been subjected to accelerated weathering tests, they show five times the lifespan of acrylic urethanes and over eight times the life of alkyd coatings. Costs associated with bridge downtime, including increased traffic congestion, are also significantly reduced over the life of the coating.

    LUMIFLON has been used internationally on bridges and other structures, with more than 150,000 applications worldwide. In 2000, Japan’ s Society of Steel Construction evaluated LUMIFLON topcoats and found that they could last in excess of 50 years on bridges inland and over 30 years on bridges by the ocean. Five years later Japan’ s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, along with several engineering organizations now require the use of LUMIFLON resin based topcoats on all bridges in Japan. It has been used successfully on dozens of major bridges in Japan, including the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (currently the world’s longest suspension bridge, over 4 times the length of the Brooklyn Bridge), and Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge, which spans Tokyo Bay. While solvent grade LUMIFLON resins are still widely used, recently, new environmentally friendly grades of the resin have been developed. These include water based resins, and solid resins, which can be used to formulate low-VOC and HAPS-free coatings.

    LUMIFLON Bridges Coating Grades

    LUMIFLON Bridges Coating Grades:

    Grade LF-200 LF-200F LF-910LM LF-916F
    Features Moderate MW Solid resin for low VOC/HAPS- free coatings Low MW Solid resin for low VOC/HAPS- free coatings
    Resin Properties
    Tg (°C/°F) 35/95 35/95 37/99 34/93
    OH Value (mg KOH/g of polymer) 52 49 100 100
    Solid resins, Wt. % 60 >98 66 >99
    Specific Gravity, 25°C 1.12 1.16
    Solvent Xylene None Xylene None

    Weathering of LUMIFLON

    Natural exposure test on LUMIFLON Miami, Florida (ASTMG7)

    natural exposure test on LUMIFLON Miami, Florida (ASTMG7)
    Radiant exposure:N/A
    Test Method:ASTM G
    Type of test:DIRECT 30 , DEG SOUTH , OPEN BACK
    Location:Exposed in Miami , Florida

    EMMAQUA Weathering Test

    EMMAQUA Weathering Test

    UV: Mj/m2 (295-385nm)

    Okinawa weathering chart

    Okinawa Weathering Chart

    FEVE resin topcoats accelerated weathering QUV-A (ASTM D4587)

    FEVE resin topcoats accelerated weathering QUV-A (ASTM D4587)
  • LUMIFLON resins have outperformed even the best acrylic urethane coatings on steel, aluminum, magnesium and plastics like ABS, polyurethane, FRP, PVC, polyethylene, polypropylene and polycarbonate, enabling car manufacturers and after-market manufacturers to create and maintain the appearance of a new car and its components for years. LUMIFLON-based topcoats have been shown to yield over five times the lifespan of acrylic urethane coatings typically used in the automotive industry. LUMIFLON resins can also be blended with traditional resins like acrylics to significantly increase their performance.

    In addition to its superior durability, LUMIFLON also offers manufacturers the ability to formulate high gloss, brightly colored paint systems. LUMIFLON resins can also be manufactured in low gloss finishes. Its compatibility with a range of pigments and colors means that the automotive engineer can choose coatings with an almost infinite variety of combinations of color and gloss.

    With its inherent characteristics, LUMIFLON is perfectly suited for exterior coating systems that can be used on automobile bodies, doors, door handles, bumper fascia, wheel emblems, lettering and logos, tail light lenses and aluminum wheels. LUMIFLON can be used in any area where outstanding weather and chemical resistance are required, even on dashboards and upholstery. Japanese car manufacturers have long known the value of LUMIFLON, and other manufacturers worldwide are discovering how much it can help them produce the best results with their models.

    LUMIFLON Transportation Coating Grades

    LUMIFLON Transportation Coating Grades:

    Grade LF-200 LF-200F LF-552 LF-810 LF-810Y LF-910LM LF-916F
    Features Moderate
    Molecular
    Weight
    Solid resin for low VOC/HAPS- free coatings Moderate
    Molecular
    Weight
    for coil coatings
    High
    Molecular
    Weight
    High
    Molecular
    Weight
    Low Molecular Weight Solid resin for low VOC/HAPS- free coatings
    Resin Properties
    Tg (°C/°F) 35/95 35/95 20/68  45/113  45/113 37/99 34/93
    OH Value (mg KOH/g of polymer) 52 49 52  4  4 100 100
    Solid resin, Wt. % 60 >98 40  45  55 66 >99
    Specific Gravity, 25°C 1.12  0.98  1.04 1.16
    Solvent Xylene None Aromatic
    Hydrocarbon
    Solvent/
    Cyclohexanone
    mineral spirits  xylene Xylene None

    Weathering of LUMIFLON

    Natural exposure test on LUMIFLON Miami, Florida (ASTMG7)

    natural exposure test on LUMIFLON Miami, Florida (ASTMG7)
    Radiant exposure:N/A
    Test Method:ASTM G
    Type of test:DIRECT 30 , DEG SOUTH , OPEN BACK
    Location:Exposed in Miami , Florida
  • The marine industry is looking to new paint systems including those made with LUMIFLON fluoropolymer resins, because they provide durability for large, ocean-going vessels as well as long-lasting finishes for the pleasure boating industry.

    Over the years, LUMIFLON resins have outperformed common coatings used in the marine industry on steel, aluminum, magnesium, fiberglass and plastics, enabling boat and ship manufacturers to create finishes that will last for years. This results in substantial savings in both maintenance costs and in repainting costs over the life of the vessel.

    In addition, because of LUMIFLON’s unique chemical make-up, coatings made with the material are easier to clean than other coatings. And LUMIFLON is impermeable to oxygen, water and chloride ions, substantially reducing corrosion of metal substrates.

    LUMIFLON is able to keep its high-gloss shine even under the most brutal conditions. In the EMMAQUA accelerated weathering test, LUMIFLON retained 80% of its initial gloss after being exposed to radiation of 2.5 million Langleys, which is the equivalent of 25 years of sunlight exposure. It also provided outstanding gloss retention in South Florida exposure testing of over 10 years, making it the perfect coating additive for boat hulls and surfaces and effectively extending the life of any boat by decades.

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    LUMIFLON Marine Coating Grades

    LUMIFLON Marine Coating Grades:

    Grade LF-910LM LF-916F
    Features Low MW
    Low VOC
    Solid resin for low VOC/HAPS- free coatings
    Resin Properties
    Tg(°C/°F) 37/99 34/93
    OH Value
    (mg KOH/g of polymer)
    100 100
    Solid resin, Wt. % 66 >99
    Specific Gravity, 25°C 1.16
    Solvent Xylene None

    Weathering of LUMIFLON

    Natural exposure test on LUMIFLON Miami, Florida (ASTMG7)

    natural exposure test on LUMIFLON Miami, Florida (ASTMG7)
    Radiant exposure:N/A
    Test Method:ASTM G
    Type of test:DIRECT 30 , DEG SOUTH , OPEN BACK
    Location:Exposed in Miami , Florida
  • LUMIFLON Industrial Maintenance Coating Grades

    LUMIFLON Industrial Maintenance Coating Grades:

    Grade LF-200 LF-200F LF-910LM LF-916F
    Features Moderate MW Solid resin for low VOC/HAPS- free coatings Low MW Solid resin for low VOC/HAPS- free coatings
    Resin Properties
    Tg (°C/°F) 35/95 35/95 37/99 34/93
    OH Value (mg KOH/g of polymer) 52 49 100 100
    Solid resins, Wt. % 60 >98 66 >99
    Specific Gravity, 25°C 1.12 1.16
    Solvent Xylene None Xylene None

    Weathering of LUMIFLON

    Natural exposure test on LUMIFLON Miami, Florida (ASTMG7)

    natural exposure test on LUMIFLON Miami, Florida (ASTMG7)
    Radiant exposure:N/A
    Test Method:ASTM G
    Type of test:DIRECT 30 , DEG SOUTH , OPEN BACK
    Location:Exposed in Miami , Florida

    EMMAQUA Weathering Test

    EMMAQUA Weathering Test

    UV: Mj/m2 (295-385nm)

    Okinawa weathering chart

    Okinawa Weathering Chart

    FEVE resin topcoats accelerated weathering QUV-A (ASTM D4587)

    FEVE resin topcoats accelerated weathering QUV-A (ASTM D4587)
  • In an effort to reduce fossil fuel usage, solar and wind power facilities are increasingly being built as alternatives.  Both types of facilities are expected to generate energy for at least 20 years, and in some cases in excess of 30 years.  In order to minimize maintenance costs over the life of the facility, materials of construction used should be chosen with longevity in mind.  This includes paints and coatings.

    Blades used on wind towers are usually composite structures made with epoxy or polyester resins.  These polymers are not stable when exposed to ultraviolet radiation and will degrade over time.  This can lead to premature failure of the blade.  Wind blades can be topcoated with LUMIFLON to protect them from degradation for 30 years or more.

    Coatings are used on solar cells on polymer films called backsheets that protect the electronics in the cell from moisture, chemicals, and UV light.  The backsheets can be laminates, where films of different types are  adhered.  If fluoropolymer films are used, the backsheets can be expensive, while polyester films will degrade before the end life of the solar cell.  LUMIFLON coatings can be used to make cost effective backsheets that offer the same durability and moisture resistance as fluoropolymer films.