The new VARI-Cool polychromatic coating from BASF Corp. is a fluoropolymer (PVDF), factory-applied, pearlescent coating system created on the foundation of Kynar® 500 (a registered trademark of Arkema, Inc.) or Hylar® 5000 (a registered trademark of Solvay Solexis) resin. The coatings are considered best-in-class and offer superior durability, color-fastness, and gloss retention, as well as energy savings.

The new VARI-Cool polychromatic coating from BASF Corp. is a fluoropolymer (PVDF), factory-applied, pearlescent coating system created on the foundation of Kynar® 500 (a registered trademark of Arkema, Inc.) or Hylar® 5000 (a registered trademark of Solvay Solexis) resin. “These coatings are considered best-in-class and offer superior durability, color-fastness, and gloss retention,” said Tom McKay, market development manager for BASF Industrial Coatings Solutions. The coating uses effect pigments (commonly referred to as “interference pigments”) made from SiO2 (silicon dioxide) platelets that are specially coated with metal oxides.

“These pigment particles create color travel, which allows VARI-Cool colors to change subtly depending on the viewing angle and on how light refracts across a particular area,” explained McKay. BASF offers 17 standard “colors in motion” in six different color groupings.

Primary applications of the coating include metal roofing and wall panels, aluminum composite parts and accent trim, with possible future end-uses such as appliance, interior wall/ceiling systems and extrusion. The product is the only coil-formed polychromatic coating that integrates the energy-saving ULTRA-Cool® technology. The coating meets industry standards and regulations, including LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) and ENERGY STAR criteria for steep slope cool roofing, and it features all the other benefits associated with cool metal roofing (recyclability, fire and wind-resistance, energy-efficiency, etc.).

For more information, visit www.basf.com.