Sherwin-Williams launches revolutionary waterborne UV cladding coating solution


New waterborne UV cladding coating solution reduces drying time by up to 50 per cent, enabling faster production and increased productivity, while providing improved stacking capabilities. 

Sherwin-Williams today announced the launch of a new coating solution for the exterior cladding industry. Laqvin Fast Dry WB UV, which is available in base and primer versions, dramatically reduces the drying time in the cladding coating production process.

Cutting the amount of time required in the drying process offers a number of benefits to the average cladding coating producer, most notably considerably faster production and thus significantly increased productivity.

“During the R&D process we focused on developing a solution that could deliver the highest quality finish with the fastest production time. That’s why we turned to our experience from the curing industry and in particular the UV drying process”, says Andreas Ehn, Product Manager Exterior, at Sherwin-Williams:  

UV drying is a fairly common technique used in the coating industry but this is probably the first time it has been successfully applied to cladding coating. By adding UV drying equipment, most cladding producers can gain up to 50 per cent savings in the drying time of cladding, potentially even more. With UV lights, the drying time can be cut to as little as four and a half minutes on an optimised line.

Another major benefit of Laqvin Fast Dry WB UV is the improved stacking properties. As the cladding is dry and hard when stacked, pallets can now be stacked on top of one another without causing damage to the newly coated cladding. In turn this means there is a considerable reduction in the number of rejects and costly returns, which are common to the industry. 

“Our solutions are renowned in the coating industry for their hard wearing characteristics and high quality finish, with Laqvin Fast Dry UV we’ve now brought this technology to the cladding coating industry and opened up new opportunities for cladding producers”, concludes Andreas Ehn. 

About Sherwin-Williams Product Finishes

The Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW), through its Product Finishes Division, is an industrial coatings leader that delivers local finishing solutions on a global scale to OEMs and tier suppliers. Comprised of coatings professionals dedicated to providing unparalleled customer support, Sherwin-Williams brings value to the finishing process through solutions like on-site technical assistance, customized products, colour and design services, and process improvement expertise. With innovative liquid and powder coating technologies to protect wood, metal and plastic, as well as finishing equipment and supplies needed for coatings application, Sherwin-Williams utilizes an infrastructure spanning six continents to provide better finishing solutions for manufacturers. For a Better Finish. Ask Sherwin-Williams™.

About The Sherwin-Williams Company

Sherwin-Williams is a global leader in the development, manufacture and sale of coatings and related products with more than 34,000 employees and business in 120 countries. The company goes to market through more than 3950 company-operated paint stores, automotive retailers, and industrial distributors.  With annual sales of $9.5 billion, it is the largest coatings manufacturer in the United States, and the third largest world-wide. 

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Sherwin-Williams is a global leader in the development, manufacture and sale of coatings and related products with more than 47,000 employees and business in 120 countries. The company goes to market through more than 4100 company-operated paint stores, automotive retailers, and industrial distributors. With annual sales of over $11 billion, it is the largest coatings manufacturer in the United States, and the third largest world-wide.

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During the R&D process we focused on developing a solution that could deliver the highest quality finish with the fastest production time. That’s why we turned to our experience from the curing industry and in particular the UV drying process
Andreas Ehn, Product Manager Exterior, at Sherwin-Williams
Our solutions are renowned in the coating industry for their hard wearing characteristics and high quality finish, with Laqvin Fast Dry UV we’ve now brought this technology to the cladding coating industry and opened up new opportunities for cladding producers
Andreas Ehn, Product Manager Exterior, at Sherwin-Williams