Kynar 70% (Std 2-Coat, Non-Exotic) – Special Order
Kynar 50% (Std 2-Coat, Non-Exotic Black & Dark Bronze) – Special Order
Kynar 70% XL (Custom 3-Coat, Exotic) – Special Order
Kynar 70% Metallic (Custom 4-Coat) – Special Order
The painting process we use to coat our products is unlike typical painting. If cared for properly, the factory finish can last a lifetime (Care & Maintenance Instructions). A brief explanation of the wet paint process follows:
First, every stick of aluminum is sanded by hand to remove surface debris before it is chemically pre-treated to allow the paint to bond. Only Fleetwood applies the additional step of sanding to achieve the most luxurious finish.
Second, the paint is applied by robotic arms while it is electrically charged. Most colors require two coats to achieve proper quality, but brighter colors (XL Exotic) require a third coat, which is clear to maintain the sharpness of the color. The only paint Fleetwood offers is best known as Kynar 500. This paint has a unique ingredient of 70% fluoropolymer resin, which is designed to retain color integrity in the harshest environments. However, in dark colors such as black and statuary bronze, we use 50% fluoropolymer with no change in warranty.
Finally, each stick of aluminum is heat-treated at about 400°F to cure the paint, and then packaged and delivered to production. If any extrusion requires a thermal break, we insert the thermal material (polyurethane or polymide) before delivering to production.
Custom finish aluminum is stunningly beautiful. Customers choosing such finishes need to be aware of the process and the inherent risk of delays. In some cases, delays may add 4-6 weeks to the production time when extrusions are rejected by Fleetwood’s Quality Control.