Cleveland, Ohio-based Sherwin-Williams says its new Paint Shield is the first Environmental Protection Agency-registered paint that kills 99.9 percent of bacteria after two hours of exposure on painted surfaces.
“Paint Shield is one of the most significant technological breakthroughs in our nearly 150 year history of innovation,” says Chris Connor, chairman and chief executive of the company. “By killing infectious pathogens on painted surfaces, Paint Shield is a game-changing advancement in coatings technology.”
Hailed as a new tool to help prevent the spread of bacteria, the Paint Shield kill greater than 99.9 percent of Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), E. coli (Escherichia coli), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis) and Enterobacter aerogenes.
The company claims EPA-test protocol showed that once it is applied, the effectiveness of Paint Shield lasts for up to four years, as long as the integrity of the surface is maintained.
Available in first quarter of 2016, Paint Shield will come in 590 colors and in an eggshell finish.