Architects and builders need powder coating that meets demanding performance standards, and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) sets the bar with strict requirements for the powder coating industry. The AAMA is a trade organization that promotes a higher standard of quality to ensure coated products meet the most stringent design specifications. In architectural and building applications, these standards are essential, and partnering with a provider committed to meeting them will ensure your powder coating job meets your expectations.
The AAMA puts powder coats through a series of tests to determine durability after exposure to a wide range of harsh conditions. These include tests in a controlled environment and prolonged exposure to severe Florida weather for real-world evaluation after exposure to salt, hail, rain and ultraviolet light. AAMA testing also includes checking for cure, hardness and adhesion. These tests also evaluate coatings for resistance to:
Application facilities must meet additional standards for verification. The powder coating process must include steps for adequate surface preparation for a complete and even coat during application. Appearance is also a factor, and facilities must produce an aesthetically pleasing finished product that is free from visible imperfections at a minimum distance of nine feet.
Powder manufacturers and application facilities that pass AAMA testing are awarded verification, with the appropriate verification level based on the testing results. At Keystone Koating, we are a certified applicator of powder manufactured in compliance with AMA 2604 and 2605 standards. We maintain two high-volume facilities that can deliver the highest levels of quality for surface preparation and coating.
Our AAMA verifications include:
- AAMA 2604 powder coating: AAMA 2604 powder coating verification is for high-performance powders. After lab testing, coatings submitted for AAMA 2604 verification are subjected to five consecutive years of exposure to the harsh Florida climate. After a minimum of 3000 hours of humidity exposure and 3000 hours of exposure to corrosive salt spray, AAMA experts review the panels to evaluate for erosion, quality, color retention and more.
- AAMA 2605 powder coating: AAMA 2605 powder coating is the highest rating attainable and is reserved for powders with a superior performance rating. The most recent guidelines require test panels to withstand 10 years of exposure to the elements with minimal wear. Under AAMA 2605 17A guidelines, panels must meet a minimum of 2000 hours of corrosion exposure and 4000 hours of resistance in humid environments.
Keystone Koating now offers up to a 20-year limited warranty on approved AAMA 2605 projects. Contact us to learn more, or to request approval.
Our AAMA Powder Coating Services
We maintain our AAMA verifications through professional and precise powder coating services using quality products and expert care. For surface treatments, we offer blasting services and our proprietary eight-stage pretreatment system for removing all residues before coating. It’s also important to note that our pretreatment process does not utilize chrome, which can be dangerous and harmful to the environment. Our coating processes use a variety of applicators for an even coat, and we check every order against our stringent quality standards.
AAMA 2604 and AAMA 2605 Powder Coating for High Volume Applications
AAMA powder coating finishes are a staple in the architectural industry, which requires that its materials and finishes meet some of the strictest durability standards. Quality AAMA coatings can also help facilities in earning a highly sought after LEED certification, which provide a range of benefits for the environment and the structure itself.
We would love to talk about your project and discuss how our services can meet and exceed your expectations. To learn more about our AAMA powder coating services, contact us today.