Architectural Louvers

Louver Finishes and Color Guide

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Architectural Louvers finishes enhance product appearance to blend with other items in a building exterior. These same finishes provide extended weathering resistance. The standard finishes described herein represent building finishes most typically selected, specified, or required for most applications.

NOTE: colors are only a reference and should not be considered exact due to the nature of the internet and the individual settings of your monitor. Actual color cards are available directly from Architectural Louvers.

Pearlescent Colors
We also have pearlescent mica colors available.  The metallic sheen on these colors cannot be accurately represented via the internet; please contact us and ask for a color card to see examples of these finishes.

Kynar 500® or Hylar5000® and Baked Enamel Standard Colors


Bone White

Heirloom White

Patina Green

Sandstone

Beige

Hartford Green

Rawhide

Dove Gray

Redwood

Buckskin

Slate Gray

Black

Sienna

Medium Bronze

Dark Bronze

The colors shown here are only a sample of thousands of colors available. Contact us for information regarding custom color matching.

TYPE OF FINISH

FINISH SPECIFICATIONS

KYNAR 500® OR HYLAR 5000®
Superior Finish: 70% PVDF paint finishes provide maximum resistance against color fade and chalking. This carbon/fluorine bond, unique to the resin, when coupled with the finest inorganic pigments, produces the most durable and long lasting finish in the industry. These finishes are resistant to most chemicals, acid rain, salt spray and general air pollution. Architectural Louvers offers a twenty-year warranty on these finishes in standard colors. All standard colors meet or exceed AAMA2605-02.*

Before paint application, louvers shall be thoroughly cleaned and pretreated. Cleaning includes complete submersion in alkali cleaner, detergent deoxidization, amorphous chrome phosphate conversion coating and acidulated final rinse. Kynar 500® or Hylar 5000® finish shall be applied to provide 1.2 mils (30µm) factory applied, baked-on film build in accordance with AAMA 2605-02* “Voluntary Specification Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Superior Performing Organic Coatings on Architectural Extrusions and Panels”. Color shall be Architectural Louvers (specify color name and number).

BAKED ENAMEL
High Performance Finish: long color life and resistance to chalking and chemicals. For optimization of the price-benefit ratio, they are appropriate coatings for today’s non-monumental projects. Five-year warranty on standard colors is available for Architectural Louvers Baked Enamel.

Louvers shall receive factory applied, baked-on color coating following thorough cleaning and pretreatment of metal. The finish shall be applied at 1.2 mils (30µm) total dry film thickness in accordance with AAMA 2604-02† Section 4.2 and 4.3. Color shall be Architectural Louvers (specify color name and number).

PRIME COAT
Preparation for field painting. Finish may be topcoated with epoxy, vinyl, urethane and other heavy-duty coatings within six months of application. Prime coat contamination always occurs before field painting and requires thorough field cleaning prior to painting.

Louvers shall receive prime coating following thorough cleaning and pretreatment of metal. Field topcoat with epoxy, vinyl, urethane or other heavy-duty coating within six months of application. Prime coat shall be a minimum of .3 ± .1 mils (8 ± 3 µm) thick.

PEARLESCENT
High Performance Pearlescent Finish. Pearlescent is a Kynar or Hylar-based finish that utilizes pearlescent mica pigments to simulate the metallic appearance of anodized and metallic paint finishes. Pearlescent (70% PVDF) meets the AAMA 2605-02* specification. A twenty-year warranty is available on standard colors.

Louvers shall receive thorough cleaning and pretreatment as described above. Pearledize coating shall be applied and baked to achieve a hard durable finish in compliance with either AAMA 2605-02* or AAMA 2604-02† as selected and specified. Color shall be Architectural Louvers (specify color name and number).

COLOR ANODIZE
Electrolytically deposited coating on aluminum: The color anodize process specified in Aluminum Association Code AA-C22A44 electrolytically deposits inorganic color pigment finish to a 0.7 mil (18µm) minimum surface depth on sulfuric acid anodized aluminum. Treated aluminum is sealed to convert a freshly formed aluminum oxide finish to a corrosion resistant, inert condition. Available only on aluminum. Some shade variation may occur.

Louvers shall receive electrolytically deposited color anodized finish complying with Aluminum Association Code AA-C22A44. Finish is applied to 0.7 mils (18µm) minimum thickness onto chemically etched and pretreated aluminum. Color shall be Architectural Louvers (specify color name).

CLEAR ANODIZE
Clear oxide coating for aluminum: Clear anodize preoxidizes the aluminum surface for uniform clear finish not easily affected by natural oxidizing influences. Improved metallic luster appearance is similar to mill finish. 204-R1 (Aluminum Association Code AAC22A31) provides 0.4 mil (10µm) minimum surface depth treatment recommended for normal weather exposure. 215-R1 (Aluminum Association Code AA-C22A41) provides 0.7 mils (18µm) minimum surface depth recommended for severely corrosive and abrasive atmospheric exposure. Both finish types available only on aluminum.

Louvers shall receive a 204-R1 clear anodize finish complying with Aluminum Association Code AA-C22A31. Finish is applied to chemically etched and pretreated aluminum to 0.4 mils (10µm) minimum surface depth by a 30 minute anodizing process. Louvers shall receive a 215-R1 clear anodize finish complying with Aluminum Association Code AA-C22A41. Finish is applied to chemically etched and pretreated aluminum to 0.7 mils (18µm) minimum surface depth by a 60 minute anodizing process.

Dimensions in parentheses ( ) indicate microns. Hylar 5000® and Hylar are trademarks of Solvay Solexis, Inc. Kynar 500® and Kynar are registered trademarks of Atofina Chemical.

* AAMA 2605-02 is the most stringent performance specification for organic coatings or exterior aluminum finishes in the industry, requiring 10 years south Florida exposure.

† AAMA 2604-02 supercedes AAMA 605 and requires 5 years of south Florida exposure.

· Extended Twenty-year warranties are only available on extruded aluminum products.