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Kynar® Finish vs. Baked Enamel

A discussion started in 2008 but continuing through 2019

September 4, 2008

Q. Could you tell me the difference between a "Kynar" finish and a baked enamel finish on an outdoor galvanized sheetmetal panel. How is the surface prepared for a "Kynar" finish?
I would also like to know what a "fluoro" finish is.

Thanks for your assistance.

Thomas Fisher, PE
Consulting Engineer - Nashville, Tennessee, USA

September 8, 2008

A. Kynar® would last >25 years weathering, baked enamel < 1 year. Kynar® requires a special primer - contact supplier for further info.
Kynar® polyvinylidene fluoride, the homopolymer of 1,1-di-fluoro-ethene (VF2)

Terry Hickling
Birmingham, United Kingdom

September 11, 2008

A. Kynar® is a trade name for fluorocarbon finishes. On the hierarchy of finishes for outdoor exposure to weathering the fluorocarbons lead the list. Urethanes come next, then silicone polyesters and finally standard polyesters. All of these can be applied as baked on finishes.

The surface would normally be prepared with a zinc phosphate treatment and then primed with a urethane.

Ron Zeeman
Coil Coating - Brampton, Ontario, Canada

June 19, 2014

Q. Considering Kynar finish on a metal roof, how is the slip factor walking or standing compared to an asphalt roof? I am going up every year to clean out a wood stove flue on a side of the house that is 25 feet off the ground.

Willie N Nelson
- Franklin, Tennessee, USA

October 23, 2019

Q. Is all Kynar Paint heat baked? Is there any Kynar strictly wet sprayed and air dried?

Kevin Mullan
Storefront and Aluminum - Tampa Florida, USA


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