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ARCHITECTURE

High performance, durable IFS powder paints for exterior (curtain walls, railings, fencing) and interior architectural applications. Choose from a vast array of colors and effects and world class protection.

Architecture

IFS architectural powder coatings are high performance, high quality, factory applied, durable paint coatings designed specifically with architectural applications in mind. Suitable for use on aluminum and steel for both interior and exterior applications (like windows, fences, curtain walls, railings, etc.), the IFS architectural powder range offers excellent durability, good chemical resistance and mechanical performance and is a true sustainable alternative to liquid PVDF and anodized finishes. What's more IFS Coatings' architectural range comes with credits and will meet many other sustainability requirements.

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Protect

The 2605, 2604 and 2603. This means our high performance exterior grade powders offer excellent weatherability, including color and gloss retention, salt spray and humidity resistance. They are also designed to stand up to the tough chemical and mechanical tests outlined in the specs.

Decorate

Product performance is essential – protecting the substrate is simply essential. Making sure it looks great and lives up to your design expectations is also important. IFS architectural grade powder is available in thousands of colors, gloss levels and effects, including metallics, textures and more. The IFS architectural color card is a tiny taste of the thousands of colors and effects available. 

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Confidence

Just like with liquid PVDF finishes, IFS high performance powder coatings come with a limited warranty, when they are applied to architectural grade aluminum by a registered applicator. Like most coating warranties, the powder’s performance is linked to the test/pass requirements of the relevant AAMA specification. The parameters of the limited warranty is in turn linked to that performance level.

Using a registered applicator is really important. To give our powders a 20 year limited color and gloss warranty, we have to be confident that the applicator knows what they are doing and can manage their pretreatment and application to the high AAMA standards. Our registered applicators have been thoroughly tested – including pretreatment, line and oven audits, as well as coated samples being put through the relevant AAMA tests. There are registered applicators all over the USA and beyond. To find a registered applicator near you or your project, just give us a call or contact us with your question.

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IFS powder really is a more environmentally responsible choice. By choosing powder you are getting the same or better performance from the coating, a choice of thousands colors and effects, the same type of warranty, AAMA compliance, but with a lot less impact on the environment. Check out why IFS powder is the more environmentally responsible choice.

Learn

IFS Coatings offer approved lunch and learn presentations for architectural, design and engineering firms to enable you to learn more about powder. Both standard LU and HSW credits are available. 

Check out our free architectural ebook and learn everything you need to know about using and specifying high performance powder for architectural applications. 

All the downloadable resources you need in one spot - check out our Architectural Resources Page.

Contact us for details or to speak to an architectural specialist. 

At IFS we are rightfully proud of our architectural product range. We offer 3 different product types, all available in thousands of colors and effects. It’s no coincidence that there are three and three IFS architectural powder grades. Our high performance architectural powders are formulated to meet and exceed the the AAMA specifications. What's more, each of them comes with an points. These are our own EPDs - not an industry EPD. Make the environmentally responsible choice with out compromising on performance.  For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us or talk to your local representative.

IFS 500FP

Backed by years of test data and a wealth of experience, IFS 500FP is a genuine 100% Lumiflon FEVE resin based, high performance, Fluoropolymer powder coating suitable for high end architectural applications. To give you a liquid comparison, it will give you the same or better performance than a 70% PVDF liquid coating.  It meets and exceeds the performance requirements of the tough AAMA 2605 requirements (including 10 years Florida testing) and will meet and exceed your expectations. While protection is key, ensuring your design vision is fulfilled is a top priority, so IFS 500FP is available in a range of colors, metallic sparkles, textures and effects. We appreciate that ensuring the integrity of the architectural design is essential, so excellent IFS warranties, up to 20 years, are available. IFS 500FP is the ideal high performance powder coating for high value residential, commercial and monumental applications. Check out the IFS 500FP EPD.9th and Lenora rendering and final building

IFS 400SD

IFS 400SD is a highly developed, high performance super durable powder coating that provides extended exterior durability coverage. It meets and exceeds the performance requirements of AAMA 2604 and IFS 400SD is the perfect super durable powder coating to safeguard aluminum and steel. IFS 400SD is used on both residential and commercial applications including windows, doors, storefront and curtain wall. A wide choice of colors, metallics, textures and special effects complete the IFS 400SD offering along with a choice of 5 or 10 year warranties. Check out the IFS 400SD EPD.

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IFS 300SP

Perfect for all interior and some lower value exterior architectural applications, IFS 300SP powder meets and exceeds the performance requirements of the AAMA 2603 specification. Available in a huge range of colors and effects, IFS 300SP offers an ideal entry level architectural powder coating. Check out the IFS 300SP EPD.Store interior display

 

For more information check out the IFS Architectural Brochure - your guide to all things architectural powder. All the downloadable resources you need in one spot - check out our Architectural Resources Page.

You can also save our free architectural ebook and dip in and out of the world of high performance powder coatings whenever you need to!

Specifying high performance powder coatings couldn't be easier. Whether it's our simple cut and paste spec wording, product info, test data, warranty information, color matching or coating advice, we can help you.

Simple spec wording.

Download and copy/paste the simple spec wording for high performance organic powder coatings using the buttons below. If the spec wording outlined here doesn't work for your specific spec, contact us and we will work with you to make sure you have the right wording.

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AAMA 2605                          AAMA 2604                       AAMA 2603

See the typical applications of each product below.

Specifying the right grade product

"Powder Coating" can be a very generic label. We don't put the same powder coating on refrigerators as we do on the exterior of a building and give it a 20 year warranty!  Make sure you choose the right type of powder coating for your application. The basics are below, they link to more info, or contact us for help with your exact application.

IFS Product   Exterior?   Typical Applications               Product type            AAMA        Warranty

IFS 500FP      Exterior       Curtain wall, windows, doors    Fluoropolymer           2605           20 yrs*

IFS 400SD      Exterior       Storefront, windows                 Super Durable           2604           10 yrs*

IFS 300SP      Interior        All interior applications             Standard Polyester   2603            N/A

 *When applied to architectural aluminum by a registered applicator

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for LEED credits

Each of the IFS architectural grade high performance powder coatings come with an EPD which contribute to LEED points. LEED v4 requires all vendors to LEED projects to have an EPD. Make the simple switch to high performance powders. Excellent long term exterior performance, excellent warranties, excellent color choice, excellent environmental footprint.

Download our ebook for more info and tips

Check out our free ebook and learn more about the different types of architectural grade powder, powder for steel, specifying powder, powder for interiors and much more.

All the downloadable resources you need in one spot - check out our Architectural Resources Page.

What types of buildings benefit from high performance powder coating?

The simple answer is – any building! High performance architectural grade powder is used on metal parts of many types of buildings all over the world. The list includes:

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  • Condominiums
  • Mixed use
  • Retail
  • Office
  • Skyscrapers
  • Hospitals
  • Stadiums
  • Government buildings
  • Malls

Check out just a few of the thousands of projects that benefit from IFS high performance architectural powder protection in our projects section.

Where can I use powder on architectural projects?

Powder is best suited to metal substrates. In the architectural world this usually means aluminum or steel. So wherever you use metal, you can powder coat. Exterior parts benefit from the full protection of high performance architectural grade powder coatings.

The list goes on and on, but here are just some areas that are perfect for powder:

  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Skylights
  • Storefront
  • Curtain wall
  • Mullions
  • Extrusions
  • Fencing
  • Hardware
  • Ceiling grids
  • Partitions
  • Furniture
  • Room trim
  • Accessories
  • Racking & shelving
  • Lighting
  • Partitions

 

 

Architectural Powder Colors and Effects

As well as technical performance, at IFS Coatings we understand ensuring the decorative properties of architectural projects is essential. With this in mind, we offer an extensive range of architectural powder colors and special effects for both interior and exterior architectural applications. Go to our architectural colors page here. See some of our RAL colors here. Learn about free custom color matching here. We have over 76,000 colors in our database! We can't put them all online, so contact us to ask for free sample panels in the colors you're looking for.

Traditional architectural colors such as grey, silver, bronze, black, white and beige and warm earthy tones, muted reds, greens and blues are all available and can be enjoyed as solid colors or with metallic sparkles added. Our metallic range features platinum, silver and champagne shades and our anodized effect colors are available in silvers, blue, bronze and gold shades. From matte to high gloss we can adjust the gloss of your coating, so whether it’s a flat black or a high gloss green simply let us know what you need. What’s more, sometimes super smooth just won’t do. There are a range of textures available to add a tactile dimension and an interesting look to your powder coating,

Our architectural color card  features 26 colors including solid shades, metallics and even anodized effect powders. IFS Architectural color card front pageHowever remember colors, and especially metallics, do not look the same online. Contact us to order your copy of our architectural card - it features real powder coated chips so you see exactly what the coating looks like. 

Custom powder colors

For both exterior and interior architectural powders, we know your project may need its own specific color palette. So we will work with you to make sure that the colors and effects are exactly what you need. Whether you want to match your shade to something else in your design, take a standard color and tweak it slightly, or you're simply looking to make a more environmentally responsible choice and want a powder version of a liquid coating, we are happy to help. Effects such as metallic and textures can also be added to any color. Talk to us about our custom color making capabilities.

With any coating, powder or liquid, there are some limitations on what is achievable at the higher levels of exterior durability. Quite simply, the pigments for some shades (for example, bright red) that will offer the durability required for these specifications, are not available. However there is a vast range of colors that are available and will meet the exterior durability demands all the way up to the AAMA 2605 specification. Similarly, not all gloss levels or metallic effects can be achieved at an AAMA 2605 level.  Talk to your IFS architectural advisor for advice.

All the downloadable resources you need in one spot - check out our Architectural Resources Page.

The , which was previously known as AAMA sets the standards for coating performance on architectural applications. On forming the FGIA, they kept the specifications named AAMA. The FGIA has 3 different level of ‘AAMA Voluntary Specification Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Pigmented Organic Coatings on Aluminum Extrusions and Panels’. These are AAMA 2605, AAMA 2604 and AAMA 2603 and each requires a different level of coating testing and performance.

To meet the AAMA specifications, coated panels are put through a series of tests to determine how the aesthetic and protective qualities of the coatings perform.

AAMA tests include:

  • Dry film hardnessAAMA logo
  • Adhesion
  • Impact resistance
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Chemical resistance
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Humidity resistance
  • Weathering resistance

The AAMA coatings specifications are particularly important when dealing with weathering (exterior durability) performance. To ensure the aesthetic properties of the coating are maintained over time, coated panels are tested in Florida (actually known as Florida testing) for ten (AAMA 2605), five (AAMA 2604) and one (AAMA 2603) years. The Florida weather allows the coatings to be continuously exposed to harsh UV light, humidity and salt air. After exposure to these conditions, the aesthetic properties, namely color and gloss, are measured.

Each AAMA coating spec outlines basic requirements such as:

  1. Multi stage cleaning and pretreatment are required and essential to preparing the substrate to receive the powder coating and allow the powder to cover and protect the surface as efficiently as possible.
  2. Coatings shall be visibly free from flow lines, streaks, blisters or other imperfections in the dry film state on exposed surfaces when observed at a distance of 3m.

 

The 3 AAMA coating specifications

AAMA 2605

AAMA 2605 requires that coated panels are tested in Florida for 10 years. At the end of the testing, the color must not change more than 5 Delta E units. Chalking must not be more than a number 8 rating based on the ASTM 4214 test and there should be a minimum of 50% gloss retention.

IFS and AAMA 2605

IFS has a full range of high performance 100% FEVE Fluoropolymer powders that meet and exceed the performance requirements of AAMA 2605. These are called IFS 500FP. Using state of the art FEVE resin systems, these high performance coatings will ensure a world class AAMA 2605 level performance. These incredible products will give you the same or better performance than a 70% PVDF liquid coating, but in a single coat.  IFS 500FP coatings are suitable for commercial and monumental windows, doors, skylights and curtain wall. Warranties up to 20 years are available for IFS 500FP Fluoropolymer powder coatings when applied to architectural aluminum by an IFS Registered Applicator.

AAMA 2604

AAMA 2604 requires that coated panels are tested in Florida for 5 years. At the end of the testing, the color must not change more than 5 Delta E units. Chalking must not be more than a number 8 rating based on the ASTM 4214 test and there should be a minimum of 30% gloss retention.

IFS and AAMA 2604

IFS has a full range of high performance powders that meet and exceed the performance requirements of AAMA 2604. These are sold as IFS 400SD.
Using super durable polyester resin systems, these coatings will meet and exceed the performance requirements of AAMA 2604 and are suitable for applications such as residential and commercial. Both 5 and 10 year warranties are available for IFS super durable powder coatings when applied to architectural aluminum by an IFS Registered Applicator.

AAMA 2603

AAMA 2603 requires that coated panels are tested in Florida for 1 year. At the end of the testing, checking, cracking, crazing or loss of adhesion after taping and only slight chalking and fading should occur to the coating.

IFS and AAMA 2603

IFS has a full range of powders that meet and exceed the performance requirements of AAMA 2603. These are sold as IFS 300SP. Using standard polyester resin systems, these coatings will ensure a solid AAMA 2603 level performance and are suitable for applications such as residential windows, doors, skylight, fencing, fixtures and handrails.

 

The IFS high performance architectural powder range offers architects, designers, specifiers, consultants, engineers, general contractors and coaters a world class protective and decorative coating option.

IFS architectural powders offer many advantages including:

  • The same or better performance than traditional 70% liquid PVDF paints
  • IFS powders meet and exceed the performance requirements of  AAMA 2605, 2604 and 2603E15 and 30th NYC Night time rendering
  • IFS architectural powders are available in thousands of colors and effects
  • IFS architectural powders are available in various gloss levels
  • IFS architectural powders can have anti-microbial or anti-grafitti capability added to them.
  • Significant environmental advantages including:
    • No solvents/VOCs
    • Single coat  applications mean less product and less energy being used
    • Overspray powder can be reclaimed and reused/recycled, giving up to 97% utilization rate
    • Lower carbon dioxide emissions
    • No hazardous waste generated during the application process
    • No chrome base primer required. In fact no primer at all required.
    • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended
    • IFS Coatings architectural range come with EPDs that contribute to LEED credits,
  • Improved pretreatment options - powder is compatible with chrome or non-chrome pretreat. In the US, to get a warranty, most liquid PVDF coatings go over a chrome based pretreat
  • Great film integrity
  • Unbeatable scratch resistance
  • Superior abrasion resistance
  • Improved performance against damage
  • World class color and gloss retention
  • Great corrosion protection
  • Thermosetting properties and inherent toughness mean powder coated surfaces are less susceptible to the settling of dirt and mildew growth.
  • Excellent, comparable warranties
  • Competitive pricing
  • Thousands of colors! See just a taste on our digital color card, order a free printed color card or get samples in the shade you're looking for!

Check out our free architectural powder ebook and learn more about sustainable, high performance powder coatings for your project!

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IFS Coatings is proud to have three Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), one for each product in the architectural series.

An EPD is an internationally recognized and standardized document, based on a life cycle assessment, that is used to communicate information about the potential environmental and human health impacts of a product . Similar to a nutritional label, an EPD states what a product is made of and its impacts across the entire life cycle, from raw material extraction to disposal.

IFS 500FP  our high performance powder coating that meets and exceeds the performance requirements of AAMA 2605,  IFS 400SD high performance powder coating that meets and exceeds the performance requirements of AAMA 2604 and IFS 300SP, the IFS standard polyester coating that meets and exceeds the performance requirements of AAMA 2603, have all achieved an EPD.

IFS Coatings EPDs meets the requirements of the Green Building Rating System under the Material Resources credit for Building Product Disclosure and Optimization. The IFS Coatings EPDs can also be used to meet the requirements of other green building ratings programs such BREAM and WELL.

Check out the IFS Coatings EPDs:

                     

All the downloadable resources you need in one spot - check out our Architectural Resources Page.