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Here are some helpful hints and Frequently Asked Questions about our services and products. If you have any further questions we welcome your call or email.

Coatings [ 1, 3, 4, 18 ]
Environmental [ 6 ]
Pre-Project Needs [ 12, 19 ]
Products [ 5, 15, 17, 25, 26 ]
Resin Systems [ 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16 ]
Sealants [ 20 ]
Specifications [ 22, 27, 30 ]
Specialty Coatings [ 9, 21, 28 ]
Steel Products [ 2, 23, 24 ]
Value Engineering [ 29 ]



1.   Approved Applicators For:

  • Evodex Powder Coatings
  • Keeler & Long/PPG Industries
  • Morton International Specialty Coatings Group
  • PPG Industries
  • Sherman Williams Automotive Finishes
  • Tnemec Company, Inc.
  • Valspar Coatings

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2.   Anchoring: Galvanized inbeds and fasteners are coated with zinc-rich powders or urethanes.

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3.   Electrostatically applied coatings include:

  • Kynar 500® Fluoropolymer PVF 2
  • High Gloss Solution Fluoropolymer - FEVE
  • Siliconized Polyester
  • Modified Acrylic
  • Aliphatic Urethane
  • Polyester Urethane
  • High-Build Epoxy
  • Textured Acrylic
  • Textured Fluoropolymer
  • Flexible Fluoropolymer
  • Duranar® Silkscreen PVF 2
  • Organic Zinc Catalyzed
  • Fluoropolymer FEVE
  • Kynar Green Coatings - LEEDS approved, please call for details

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4.   Color: High Performance Systems, Inc. maintains a library of over 57,000 colors. Our library consists of both national and regional palettes representing paint manufacturers servicing nearly every segment of the United States. For ease of selection, either in the design stage or for specification purposes, the use of this extensive palette will allow the applicator ready reference to facilitate the immediate development of samples for submittal to the approval source.

This library is maintained to provide ease in color selection but in no way precludes the submission of any substrate for matching purposes. Whether the desired color exists on wood, paper, glass, plastic, cloth, stone, caulking or metal surfaces, High Performance Systems, Inc. can match the desired color to your complete satisfaction. Our only requirement - a sample size of one (1) inch square.

Palette Availability:

  • Benjamin Moore - Moor-o-matic
  • Colorwheel - Designer Colors
  • Coronado
  • Devoe - Color key
  • Duran - Color Collection
  • Frazee - Milliniurn
  • Fuller O'Brien - Fulcolor
  • Glidden (ICI) - Master Palette
  • H.B. Fuller Co.
  • ICI - Professional Colors
  • Kelly Moore - Architectural Colors
  • Nuodex - Colortrend Exceptional
  • Pantone
  • Porter - Designer 800™
    • Design Spectru™
  • PPG - Automotive Colors
    • Design-a-color System
    • The Voice of Color
  • Pratt & Lambert - Calibrated Colors IV
  • Sherwin Williams
    • Automotive Colors
    • Beau Monde 11
    • Color Answers
  • Tiger Drylac -
  • Tnemec - Chromacolors
  • Wattyl MCI Paints

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5.   Entrances: For entrances that are unique and make a statement!
Please refer to Coatings, Colors, Silkscreen and Two-Tone For specific information relative to your design criteria, please contact us using our Contact Form or fax to 863-294-2149.

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6.   Environmental: High Performance Systems, Inc. is a Title 5 permitted company. Facility ID #1050158. To further protect the environment, High Performance Systems operates a zero discharge wastewater treatment system, Permit #0003

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7.   Finishes: Please refer to Coatings or send your special requests to using our Contact Form.

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8.   Fluoropolymers: Please refer to Applicators or Coatings. For further or special information please contact us using our Contact Form.

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9.   Glass: High Performance Systems, Inc. matches colors as they appear through the glass. High Gloss Fluoropolymer coatings can be utilized to approximate the reflective level indicative of the spandrel area.

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10.   Kynar 500®: Please refer to Applicators or Coatings. For special requests, please contact us using our Contact Form.

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11.   Metalescents: Metalescent coatings contain typically one of two kinds of aluminum flake pigment, leafing or non-leafing. The most generally used non-leafing variety, when combined with subtle pigmentation, produces a highly reflective coating that gives the appearance of depth. Owing to the presence of aluminum particles, this coating requires a clear fluoropolymer topcoat to prevent oxidation of the aluminum flake. Some highly reflective brighter formulations are not opaque to u.v. and require a barrier coat. Metallic coatings exhibit color change when viewed at different angles. This condition is commonly referred to by the industry as flop. Panel flatness and orientation are critical if the degree of uniformity desired is to be realized.

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12.   Mockups: High Performance Systems, Inc. produces visual and test mock-ups that exhibit application characteristics typical of the production techniques that would be utilized on the project. This has been found to be especially useful for the final approval of metalescent and/or pearlescent finishes. Owing to the effect of temperature and humidity on the application of these highly reflective coatings. High Performance Systems strongly recommends that prior to production, a series of trial runs be scheduled to exhibit variances due to changing weather conditions. This format should allow the establishment of acceptable ranges.

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13.   Micas: Please refer to Pearlescents, Metalescents

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14.   Metallics: Please refer to Metalescents

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15.   Panels: High Performance Systems, Inc. is one of the few remaining custom applicators with the capacity and capability to apply pearlescent and metalescent coatings to large aluminum building panels. Panel sizes up to .188" x 62" x 192" are regularly coated in a wide range of pigmented, reflective resin systems. Large, pre-formed coping and other break shapes are readily processed through our facility. For additional information: Please refer to Metalescents, Pearlescents, Mock-up and Silksceen. For further information specific to your project, please contact us using our Contact Form.

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16.   Pearlescents: Highly reflective pearlescent coatings utilize chemically inert mica particles instead of aluminum flake. This resin system does not require a clear topcoat as oxidation of the particles is not a concern. However, a clear topcoat may be added to increase film thickness and depth. Pearlescent coatings also exhibit color change when viewed at different angles. This system is often utilized as a tool for value engineering with sacrificing the integrity of the specification.

For additional information: Please refer to Metalescents, Mock-ups, Panels and Silkscreen

For information specific to your project, please contact us using our Contact Form.

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17.   Railing: Fully fabricated aluminum balcony rail and site rail in a variety of design configurations are regularly coated at High Performance Systems, Inc. Basket rail, picket rail, horizontal pipe rail with insert panels, geometrically designed railing and balustrades that employ casting to emulate an historical period or highlight a theme represent only some of the options available to enhance the appearance of your project.

High Performance Systems, Inc. employs a five stage immersion system that ensures fully fabricated sections of railing exceed the rigid pretreatment requirements of AAMA Specification 2605-98, 3; 6.1, 6.2.1 and 6.2.2.

Facility design allows the coating of radius sections up to four feet deep. In most instances, this ability limits the amount of field connections required, enhancing overall coating integrity while minimizing on-site remedial work.

The applicator and railing manufacturers must maintain continued dialogue to ensure basic finishing requirements are met. Weep holes for pretreatment drainage, soluble lubricants used in the manufacturing process and proper selection of casting alloy are but a few of the issues detailed on a job by job basis.

For further information: Please refer to Coatings, Silkscreen and Color

For additional information specific to your project, please contact us using our Contact Form or Fax to 863-294-2149.

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18.   Resins: Please refer to Coatings. Special queries? Please contact us using our Contact Form.

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19.   Samples: Please refer to Color. For special requests, please contact us using our Contact Form.

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20.   Sealants: Require coated profiles for test purposes? Please contact us using our Contact Form.

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21.   Silkscreen: Project design enhancement? Logos? Pseudo-facades? Kynar 5000 PVF 2 screenable coating? Please contact us using our Contact Form.

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22.   Specifications: All applied coatings meet or exceed the requirements of AAMA 2603-98 or 260598.

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23.   Stainless Steel: A noble metal, which is not pretreatable, stainless steel, must be sandblasted to be a suitable substrate for painting.

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24.   Steel: Please refer to Anchoring. For your specific interior use, please contact us using our Contact Form.

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25.   Storefronts: For your specific need when used for interior or exterior wall systems.

Please review Coatings, Color, Entrances, Finishes and Two-Tone

Special requirements? please contact us using our Contact Form or Fax to 863-294-2149.

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26.   Substrates: Substrates coated include: Aluminum G-90 Galvanize Galvalume FRP Insulated Panel Plastic Vinyl Aluminum Conduit

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27.   Testing: All coated product tested in accordance to AAMA 2603-98 or 2605-98. Longterm test results are provided 5 months from date of production.

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28.   Two-tone: High Performance Systems, Inc. produces dual color profiles for interior or exterior use. All two-tone applications are thermally cured and utilize Kynar 500® PVFI/ Kynar 5000® PVF1, Kynar 500® PVFI/FEVE, Kynar 500® PVFI/Modified Acrylic, Kynar 500® PVFI/Siliconized Polyester or other compatible combinations.

For a review of your design and its applicability, please use our Quote Request Form, contact us using our Contact Form or Fax to 863-294-2149

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29.   Value Engineering: Cost reduction by virtue of changes in applied coatings may be accomplished without drastic changes in the overall integrity of the project. For further detail specific to your needs, please contact us using our Contact Form or Fax to 863-294-2149.

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30.   Warranty: Full film integrity/chalk, fade and color retention warranties consistent with our industry are available. For warranty information specific to your project, please contact us using our Contact Form or Fax to 863-294-2149.

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