25-05-2018

Interpon D2015 Précis; Ultra matt

Until a few years ago most powder coated metal surfaces in Europe were coated in high-gloss finishes. There were exceptions however, for example in the UK where matt finishes were preferred, but on the whole gloss ruled.

Precis_01Around 2010, matt and textured surfaces started to become more popular. One reason is surely that designers and architects want to try something new, but there is another, more practical reason – low gloss and textured surfaces hide defects and imperfections better than high gloss. We all know that feeling when our new car gets a scratch, and no amount of polishing will remove it, yet a scratch in a matt surface is not half as noticeable.

AkzoNobel were the first company to bring ultra-matt coatings to market. Under the name Interpon D2015 Précis, they were first launched in Australia in 2014 and have since been used on several iconic projects including the Monash University Apartments and Werribee Plaza, both in the State of Victoria.

Interpon D2015 Précis powder coatings are now available globally, in a range of 12 attractive shades, with built-in superdurable technology for long-term resistance against the weather. The 6 metallic shades were selected because they mimic the sort of anodizing finishes which are currently very popular on commercial buildings, without the ensuing problems of anodizing – they can be repaired, applied to more than just aluminium, and have greater color consistency between parts.

As low-gloss products have steadily grown to represent over 50% of the market, designers have looked for something yet lower in gloss.

A traditional matt coating has a gloss reading of 25-35 units, with a very low gloss being considered 20 units. This represents a challenge to some coating suppliers who, for example, might opt to reduce gloss by filling a paint with high-levels of coarse inert material like chalk or dolomite, but this reduces the weather resistance of the coating and isn’t suitable for outdoors.

Using ground-breaking technology developed at AkzoNobel’s polymer center in the UK, Interpon D2015 Précis has gloss levels of between 7 and 15, with an added, unexpected benefit – they are soft and smooth to the touch, as well as non-reflective. This makes them attractive to use at ground level where they will be touched (for example, on street furniture and metalwork) as well as higher up buildings where their absence of reflection makes the underlying color stand out more.