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For many thousands of years, paint has been used to decorate the spaces we live, work and play in. From adorning the walls of prehistoric caves to aesthetically transforming the modern-day home, paint has evolved into a protective application as well as a feature enhancing substance.

In a relatively saturated market, manufacturers are increasingly seeking ways to differentiate their paint products. Aside from vibrant new colour ranges, easy-clean promises and environmentally-friendly ingredients, what else can you do to make your paints & coatings stand out from the crowd? BioCote® recommends incorporating antimicrobial technology.

Antimicrobial paint additives are specific actives that can be introduced into a paint, coating, ink or lacquer during the manufacturing process to make it resistant to microbes. An additive will encompass a specific antimicrobial active, such as silver, and can be formulated to suit the type of paint or coating, the material it may be used to treat, and the manufacturing process employed.

So what are the 5 benefits of antimicrobial paint?

Antimicrobial paint will provide lasting protection against microbes

Scientifically proven antimicrobial paint additives will provide lasting and effective protection against harmful bacteria, mould and fungi, ultimately helping your paint or coating to minimise staining, bad odours and material degradation on any surface it is applied to. For as long as the paint remains on that surface, microbes will struggle to survive.

Antimicrobial paint is more durable and will last for longer

Once infused into your paints or coatings, silver-based antimicrobial paint additives will not leech, cause discolouration or affect the final finish. BioCote® even has data to prove that our antimicrobial additives will last for the expected lifetime of your paint, making it less susceptible to the lumps and stench that often characterise gone-off paint products.

Antimicrobial paint is a cost-effective differentiator

Antimicrobial paint additives can be easily and cost-effectively manufactured into all types of solvent, water-based, liquid, oil or powder paints and coatings, including general industrial coatings, decorative coatings, speciality coatings, speciality inks and varnishes. This allows manufacturers to offer differentiated paint products without breaking the bank.

Antimicrobial paint is part of a growing market

According to a report by Grand View Research, the global antimicrobial coatings market was valued at $2.44 billion in 2015. A growing concern for cleanliness in various environments has led to the continued rapid growth of this industry. Articles within hygiene-critical environments such as hospitals, schools, care homes and food production facilities are known to harbour pathogenic bacteria and other microbes for extended periods of time; the H1N1 genome in particular is reported to survive on surfaces for up to 24 hours. This, combined with the increased prevalence of antibiotic resistance and reports that cleaning agents are having a reduced effect on microbial colonisation, is why leading global brands are looking to source effective antimicrobial paint additives that can be integrated into their paint products.

Antimicrobial paint is sold by some of the world’s leading manufacturers 

Antimicrobial paint is used and trusted by millions of people around the world in some of the most testing environments. Globally renowned companies who benefit from BioCote® antimicrobial paint additives include Akzo Nobel, HMG Paints, Teknos and many more.

Request an Antimicrobial Paint Additive Sample

If you are looking to trial an antimicrobial paint additive, BioCote® will happily provide a free-of-charge* sample for you to include in your manufacturing process. Once the antimicrobial additive has been added into the paint or coating, we will then ask you to send it to BioCote® for analysis at an independent certified laboratory where a team of experienced microbiologists will measure the antimicrobial performance of your paint or coating using the appropriate international ISO test method.

To request an antimicrobial paint additive sample, or to speak to a member of the BioCote® team about making your paints & coatings antimicrobial, call us on +44 (0) 2477 712 489 or message us

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