AAMA Releases Document for Organic Coatings Testing

American Architectural Manufacturers Association
June 4, 2014

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association published AAMA 653-14, Voluntary Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Organic Coatings on Wood and Cellulosic Composite Substrates. The document describes test procedures and performance requirements for organic coatings applied to AAMA-certified wood and cellulosic composite substrates for windows, doors and similar products, as defined and specified in AAMA 309-04. 

“The base requirements for organic coatings on different material types includes AAMA 2603, 613, 623, 633, and now 653," says Adam Toft (Arkema), chair of AAMA’s WCCMC Finishes Committee. "All these referenced finish documents show that your finish meets a minimum level of performance. AAMA 653 now provides the ability to demonstrate the same level of performance for a finish on wood and cellulosic substrates.” 

The test procedures and performance requirements described in AAMA 653 are specific to factory-applied coatings intended for service in exterior environments. The document will assist architects, owners and contractors in specifying and obtaining factory-applied finishes, which will provide a good level of performance in terms of film integrity, exterior durability and general appearance over the years. AAMA 653-14, along with other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s Publication store.