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Solano Community College Saves $ with NeverFade® Paint

NeverFade® is a water-based, low-VOC exterior coating. It contains Kynar Aquatec® resin, a tough, engineering thermoplastic that maintains high stability when exposed to harsh thermal, chemical and ultraviolet environments.

Case Study

Company:

School

Location:

San Pablo Bay, California, USA

Objective:

Weather conditions caused the building’s exterior – originally painted with a premium latex paint – to fade from a bright, “Solano Safety Blue” to a tired, battleship grey in just five years.

Solution:

Take advantage of a 15-year paint-and-labor warranty on NeverFade® paint from APV Engineered Coatings.

Results:

The college realized savings of more than $48,000.

Faced with the prospect of having to repaint a relatively new, but severely faded building three times over a 15-year period, facility management at Solano Community College decided to try a different approach: take advantage of a 15-year paint-and-labor warranty on NeverFade® paint from APV Engineered Coatings. The result? Savings of more than $48,000.

Solano Community College’s Vallejo Center campus is located on the San Pablo Bay, northeast of San Francisco, an area known for ocean-driven fog, wind and moisture, coupled with sunny, hot and windy afternoons. The weather conditions caused the building’s exterior – originally painted with a premium latex paint – to fade from a bright, “Solano Safety Blue” to a tired, battleship grey in just five years. Even a light touch of the walls left a chalky residue on the hands.

“The building’s curb appeal was lackluster, to put it mildly, and we started to get complaints from students, community members and our board of trustees,” said James Buchanan, Director of Facilities, for Solano Community College. “We didn’t relish the thought – or the expense – of having to repaint the building every five years. When we learned about the 15-year guarantee on NeverFade, it was an easy choice.”

NeverFade® is a water-based, low-VOC exterior coating. It contains Kynar Aquatec® resin, a tough, engineering thermoplastic that maintains high stability when exposed to harsh thermal, chemical and ultraviolet environments. It resists fading, dirt, staining, algae, mold, fungal growth and corrosion.

“We are so confident in the performance of NeverFade that we offer a 15-year warranty against fading,” says Erin Brown, director of Marketing and Business Development, APV Engineered Coatings, who notes that the company custom-blends each batch of NeverFade to match the customer’s color specifications. “This warranty is unique because it doesn’t just cover the cost of the product. It also covers labor costs.

For Solano Community College’s Vallejo Center, those costs were estimated to be $16,000-$18,000 per paint job – a significant expense if the building needed to be repainted every five years. Not included in that expense are the “soft costs” associated with the building’s appearance.

“We want to make our campus attractive to students and the community so it’s a good learning environment and a place people want to be,” James Buchanan, Director of Facilities says. “Now, thanks to the NeverFade paint job, the Vallejo Center looks fabulous. Everyone is impressed with the striking color.”