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DURANAR GR graffiti-resistant coating by PPG protects new middle school

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 31, 2017 – PPG (NYSE: PPG) and AEP Span have partnered to protect and enhance Issaquah Middle School in Issaquah, Washington, with metal wall panels using DURANAR® GR (graffiti-resistant) clear coating. It is the first school in the country to use the new coating, which features a proprietary formulation that PPG developed to combat a problem that costs U.S. building owners an estimated $25 billion per year.
Located near Seattle, Issaquah Middle School has a brick facade accented with PRESTIGE SERIES® metal wall panels by AEP Span. The panels feature the company’s Cool Parchment DURA TECH™ polyvinylidende fluoride (PVDF) paint finish that is topped with the factory-applied Duranar GR clear coating.
Steve Crawford, director of capital projects, Issaquah School District, said Duranar GR coating is a sound investment. “While graffiti is not a significant issue in our school district, the graffiti-resistant coating was selected as a low-cost protection system to reduce potential damage and maintenance costs,” he explained.
David Ferrito, vice president of sales for AEP Span, said that the combination of Prestige Series wall panels and Duranar GR coatings gives building designers color versatility and graffiti control. “In addition to a beautiful design, architects now can offer their clients an affordable solution for maintaining an attractive and long-lasting building.” 
Believed to be the only graffiti-resistant coating system sold and tested by the same company, Duranar GR coating features a clear, graffiti-resistant barrier over a metal building panel’s pigmented color layer. If a panel with the coating is spray-painted or otherwise marred, it can be cleaned by applying DURAPREP® PREP™ 400 graffiti remover by PPG. After the remover is on the stain for 10 to 60 seconds, it can be wiped with a clean cloth or scrubbed with a nylon brush. Most stains can be removed in 10 minutes or less
When applied onsite on metal panels protected by Duranar GR clear coating, Duraprep Prep 400 graffiti remover eradicates graffiti as well as paint overspray, pen and marker ink, lipstick, scuff marks, tape residue, bugs, tar and many other substances that mar the appearance of buildings.
Prestige Series panels by AEP Span include four distinct concealed fastener wall panels that can be mixed and matched to offer design flexibility.
For more information about Duranar GR coating, visit or call 1-800-258-6398. To learn more about Prestige Series panels by AEP Span, visit or call 800-733-4955.
About AEP Span
AEP Span is a leading manufacturer of architectural metal roof and siding designed and engineered to inspire architects to envision and create distinct designs. With a portfolio of quality products that have been tested and evaluated by an accredited third party, AEP Span offers metal product solutions that ensure architects can design and build with confidence. AEP Span has been an industry leader for more than 45 years, offering innovative products and outstanding service to the construction market for commercial, educational and institutional projects. To learn more, visit
At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.3 billion in 2016. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit

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