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Environmentally Friendly Coating Technologies

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Robert Sandoval - Exterior Durability in All-Acrylic Architectural Gloss Coatings: Gloss Retention and Dirt-pickup Resistance


Robert Sandoval - Exterior Durability in All-Acrylic Architectural Gloss Coatings: Gloss Retention and Dirt-pickup Resistance


Robert Sandoval
Senior Project Chemist
Engineered Polymer Solutions
Co-authors: Tyler Bell, Mike Wildman, Mary Jane Hibben


Dr. Robert Sandoval is a Senior Project Chemist at EPS, leading platform technology development across the different development groups, including architectural, industrial, and construction.  He earned a B.S. from Michigan Technological University in 2005 and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2010, both in Chemical Engineering.  Dr. Sandoval spent four years at Dow Chemical in the Core R&D organization before joining EPS in 2014.  His industrial research has focused on mixing, emulsification technologies, coating formulations and testing.


Maximizing the gloss retention and dirt-pickup resistance (DPUR) is a key requirement for many exterior architectural coatings and is a target that many commercial paints struggle to meet.  In this study, the exterior durability of a range of resins and paints were evaluated.  In particular, for DPUR, an accelerated testing method is compared to exterior exposure data collected from Midwest and West Coast test fence locations.  The location of the exterior exposure is shown to have a large impact on the ability to discriminate DPUR performance between paints/resins in a short period of time.  Paints that have a similar DPUR performance when they are exposed at the Midwest location show much larger differences when they are exposed at the West Coast location in as little as 3-4 months.  Several accelerated DPUR testing protocols (1 week procedure) are also performed, and while many samples perform relatively similar, some discrepancies are noted.  These results underscore the impact that the exterior exposure location/testing protocol has on DPUR.  In the second part of this study, the gloss retention is evaluated by an accelerated QUVA protocol and compared to exterior exposures.  The accelerated QUVA method can discriminate between formulas in a shorter period of time (4-8 weeks) and tends to agree well with longer-term exposures (> 1 year) from the West Coast.

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