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Our History

AkzoNobel Sign Finishes has been supplying quality paint products into the sign industry for over 50 years.  Sign Finishes started back in the late 1950's with the invention of a revolutionary product called Grip-Flex from Keystone Refining Company, a subsidiary of Wyandotte Paint Products and later became known as Wyandotte Sign Finishes. 

Grip-Flex was the first translucent flexible sign coating that could be applied directly to plastic substrates used in the back-lighted sign industry.  Grip-Flex continued to dominate the sign industry during the 1960's and 70's, when in 1984, Wyandotte was purchased by a company from the Netherlands known as Akzo Coatings. 

Akzo, A major player in the European coatings world and manufacturer of world renowned Sikkens Automotive and Wood Finishes, would soon put its mark on the sign world with the 1985 introduction of a super durable polyurethane enamel coating for metal called Grip-Gard.  Grip-Gard was developed with the superior technology offered from the Sikkens car-refinish line that Akzo had been using to dominate the European markets for many years.  Along with the Grip-Gard paint line came the first tool of its kind ever introduced into the sign world call the Colormap.  The Akzo Colormap gave architects, designers, and sign shops all across North America instant visual access to over 8000 solid and metallic colors for their signs.

In 1994, Akzo merged with Nobel Industries of Sweden, thus becoming AkzoNobel. 

Since then, AkzoNobel has been committed to continuous product development focused on supplying superior quality products to the sign industry.  The industry was markedly enhanced by the introduction of Grip-Gard® BC, which allowed the painting of multi-color signs as resultant of super fast tape times to dramatically improve productivity.  Now AkzoNobel makes another quantum leap in setting new standards for performance with the introduction of Grip-Gard® EFx-LV. The single stage system revolutionizes how color is match, mixed, and applied with expanded color palette, virtually no color shift and the industry's fastest dry and handling times. 

Always searching for new and better technologies and providing products that are friendlier to the environment is our continued mission. 

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