Scuff-Resistant Paint

New technology addresses durability in commercial high-traffic environments
Sponsored by Benjamin Moore & Co.
Sponsored by Benjamin Moore
By Layne Evans
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning; 1 AIA LU/HSW; 0.1 IACET CEU*; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning; NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss unique challenges to paint performance, maintenance, and durability in high-traffic commercial environments.
  2. Describe the new scuff-resistant paint’s impact on long-term durability in high-traffic commercial environments.
  3. Examine different characteristics of new scuff-resistant paint and other coatings often specified for demanding conditions, including two-component coatings and pre-catalyzed epoxies, and recognize where each can be used most effectively.
  4. Evaluate the life-cycle cost of durable scuff-resistant paint compared to other coatings available for high-traffic settings.

This course is part of the Business of Architecture Academy

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Evaluating Cost

Competitive first-cost pricing of the paint system is important for every project, but in many high-traffic commercial interiors, additional factors complicate the calculation. Cost must be balanced carefully with the specific performance needs in the space. For example, clients making decisions for institutional, corporate, and commercial facilities are often the owners and operators as well, with a direct business interest in on-going maintenance and life-cycle cost.

Life-cycle cost calculations vary widely. The calculation of the cost should provide a comparison of options, taking into account the cost of the paint and any other supplies, and the labor for the application. In high-traffic environments, it is of particular importance to consider the cost of maintenance, service disruption, and lost time for the business or other mission of the space.

Important factors in this calculation include the paint’s coverage, ease of application, level of required maintenance, durability, and service life. The paint’s application properties, for example, will determine how much paint is needed, and how much labor, time and equipment will be required. The maintenance and replacement requirements will determine the cost of labor, time, materials, and equipment, plus considerations like disruption and impact on the activities in the space. If building occupancy or use needs to be restricted during painting, for example, or if the labor required must be specially trained and supervised, these all add to the first cost and will affect every retouch and repaint too. Lower-cost paints may save money initially, but the finish will not hold up to the wear and tear typical of high-traffic environments, resulting in scuffed and marred surfaces; consequently, the cost of repainting may quickly surpass the initial savings.

Since labor is invariably the highest cost in any painting project, if a paint can reduce the personnel hours required on a regular basis for maintenance and the skilled labor required for retouching, repairs, and ultimate repainting, then there will be lower labor costs over the life cycle of the surface.

Summary: All-Around Performance

The new unique one-component, waterborne, scuff-resistant latex paint described in this course retains the clean appearance of new paint through a longer service life in highly demanding environments, reducing the need for cleaning, repair, retouching, and repainting. While the formula significantly extends the life of the coating in these applications, it does not require the time-consuming, complicated measuring, mixing, and curing of two-component coatings often selected for hardness and durability in high-traffic areas. The new scuff-resistant paint delivers significantly lower maintenance cost combined with the aesthetic value that is essential in brand-conscious commercial, corporate, and institutional spaces, such as retail stores, hotels and restaurants, schools and universities, corporate offices, hospitals, and other health-care settings.

Key Features of Scuff-Resistant Paint

  • Patent-pending breakthrough scuff-resistant technology
  • Single-component latex formula
  • Highly resistant to scuffs and marks
  • Long-term durability with minimal maintenance
  • Reduces life-cycle cost of maintenance, retouching, repairing, and repainting
  • Easy to clean with soap and water or household cleaners
  • No mixing, measuring, or limited pot life
  • Easy application
  • Quick drying for fast turnaround and minimal disruption
  • Same-day return to service: apply paint during business hours with little service disruption, eliminate overnight painting costs
  • Low VOC (less than 100 g/L)
  • LEED v4 eligible and Collaboration for High-Performance Schools (CHPS) certified
  • Available in matte, eggshell, satin, and semi-gloss
  • Available in thousands of colors, using low-VOC colorant
  • Non-flammable, Class A (0–25) over noncombustible surfaces when tested in accordance with ASTM E-84
  • Contains antimicrobial additives that inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the surface of the paint film

Layne Evans is a writer specializing in architecture, construction, the building industry, energy, and the environment. She has created more than 50 print and multimedia continuing education courses.

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Originally published in Architectural Record