PPG announced that the company has received EPA registration for its PPG Copper Armor™ antimicrobial paint containing Corning® Guardiant® technology., which is proven to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses on painted surfaces, including SARS-CoV-2, in two hours. Copper Armor’s efficacy was measured using tests that simulate real-world contamination that are mandated by the EPA for products making claims against harmful pathogens.
PPG will begin selling Copper Armor paint in late 2021 through U.S. PPG Paints™ stores, independent retailers and select home improvement stores.
“Now more than ever, our customers are seeking multiple layers of protection from viruses and bacteria on the many surfaces they’re touching while navigating the ongoing pandemic,” says Tim Knavish, PPG executive vice president. “PPG Copper Armor with Corning Guardiant technology is the first virus killing paint in the U.S., and will provide an extra layer of protection on the walls that surround us where we live, work and learn.”
Corning Guardiant technology contains naturally occurring copper that is known to have antimicrobial efficacy. PPG’s Copper Armor paint with Corning Guardiant technology continuously kills viruses and bacteria within two hours of contact with the painted surface for up to five years, providing a safeguard against harmful microbes on walls, trim and doors.
“We started development on Corning Guardiant several years ago with the belief that copper is the key to delivering a truly effective antimicrobial coating,” says Joydeep Lahiri, division vice president and program director, Specialty Surfaces, Corning Inc. “We’re excited about our partnership with PPG as well as its latest product offering–Copper Armor–which helps make antimicrobial surface technology more readily available to the public.”
Copper Armor paint provides the same excellent hide, durability and premium application properties customers expect from PPG. Suitable for application in high-traffic areas such as health care, hospitality, office and educational environments, as well as residential applications, PPG Copper Armor also provides a mold- and mildew-resistant coating on the dry paint film. It is available in eggshell, satin and semi-gloss finishes, and can be tinted to more than 600 colors from the PPG paint palette, including their 2022 Color of the Year.