Cleaning Up: PPG earns R&D 100 award for Clean Surface Technology

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — PPG has earned itself titles at the 2020 R&D 100 awards for its Clean Surface Technology, which the company says enables stain-resistant, easy-clean interior paint, and the company’s overspray-free application for faster automotive painting.

PPG Clean Surface Technology is a combination of  stain-resistant, soft-touch coatings originally developed to make premium electronic devices stain proof, as well as an automotive coatings technology that brings toughness and scratch resistance to car coatings.

PPG Clean Surface Technology, which PPG developed to give homeowners a long-lasting, freshly painted look, is now embedded in PPG ULTRALAST, PITTSBURGH PAINTS & STAINS REVOLUTION and DULUX DIAMOND interior low sheen eggshell paint products.

PPG says the proprietary technology forms a barrier against the toughest stains, holding them at the surface of the paint film. Because stains can be washed away easily with gentle, all-purpose cleaners, PPG Clean Surface Technology reduces the need for abrasive cleaners and sponges that remove paint and leave unsightly marks when trying to clean common household stains.

PPG also says makes these products more resistant to color loss from daily abrasions and shiny spots that can result from trying to remove stains, which is common with less washable paints.

PPG’s overspray-free paint application combines a state-of-the-art automotive painting application system called EcoPaintJet (invented and offered by Dürr) and customized decorcoat paint developed by PPG to apply multiple colors to an automobile without the use of intricate masking to control where paint is applied. It is the world’s first precision application for automotive OEM coatings.

The overspray-free paint application is currently commercial for two-tone cars and is being expanded to other applications where labor- and time-intensive masking is used, such as motorcycles, garage doors, trains, buses and aircraft.

The R&D 100 Awards Committee and R&D World magazine honor the 100 most innovative technologies and services of the past year with the R&D 100 Awards. PPG has earned 29 R&D 100 Awards through the years

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