A fluoropolymer is a chemical compound that contains many strong carbon-fluoride bonds. The fluorine in a fluoropolymer is electrically negative, which gives it the property of not bonding easily with other materials. That's what makes a fluoropolymer non-stick. A fluoropolymer is an umbrella term, and it includes many other products with trade names that you may have heard of, including Teflon, Excalibur, Algoflon, Xylan, Solef, and Fluon. The first fluoropolymers was developed in the 1930s, but hundreds of variations now exist.
Fluoropolymers are in high demand for use in industrial coatings because they possess some very desirable qualities. First, fluoropolymers have excellent non-stick properties, as evidenced by their use in non-stick cookware. Also, fluoropolymers reduce friction and resist corrosion. They withstand very high temperatures, as well. Fluoropolymers are insulators, meaning they do not conduct electricity. They do not absorb water, either. This combination of factors makes them ideal for use in electronics, automotives, and many other uses.
Fluoropolymer resins are top of line for exterior weatherability and UV stability in both powder and liquid coatings. Fluoropolymer powder coatings are purposely tailored for the architectural market and offer a long-life durable finish. Fluoropolymer powder coat resin systems can be formulated to meet the requirements of the high performance AAMA 2605 specification.
These finishes are resistant to moisture, weathering, ozone and UV radiation. An application for this finish would include architectural projects that require long term cosmetic and functional protection.