A stunning example of a bright, vivid color palette specified on a glass facade is the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy. Several OPACI-COAT-300® water-based silicone coating colors were matched to Pantone® fandeck chips selected by HOK and Stantec Architects, then applied by Garibaldi Glass.

Credit:  Tom Kessler Photography

Insider Tips for the Largest Color Pop

  • ICD can match virtually any color, including matches from RAL, Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, and Pantone

  • Surface #2 specification / application achieves a bolder, contrasting facade aesthetic

  • Use Vitro® Acuity™ or Starphire® low-iron glass for a truer color appearance

  • OPACI-COAT-300® is able to achieve bright reds, oranges, and yellows without the use of heavy metals


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ICD103 – Silicone Coatings: An Alternative To Ceramic Frit For Spandrel Glass


Do you know the differences between OPACI-COAT-300® Silicone Coating VS. Ceramic Frit?

OPACI-COAT-300®

Ceramic Frit

Opacifies Glass
Color Fastness
#2 & #4 Surface IGU
10 Year Warranty
Certified Applicator Program
Fallout Resistance*
Strengthens Glass**
Field Repairable***
Low to No VOC’s
No Heavy Metals
Vibrant Color Array****
Stringent Color Tolerance*****
Application on Annealed, Heat-Strengthened, and Tempered Glass

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YES
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YES

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* When specified at 13 mils wet film thickness
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Independent studies have shown, ceramic frit weakens glass by over 40%, while OPACI-COAT-300® improves overall strength and integrity.
*** Scratched coating? Not usual, but if so, no problem – OPACI-COAT-300® can be repaired at the job site.
**** ICD can match any color in 72 hours – try finding excellent service like this from another company.
***** No one in the industry can promise a color tolerance match of less than 0.2 dE – WE DO!


Credit:  Tom Kessler Photography

Check out a recent article published in USGlass Magazine, written by Jordan Scott - ‘Blending In: An Industry Effort to Harmonize Spandrel and Vision Glass’. When blending and harmonizing is mentioned, the contrast - standing out, found its way into the article as well. See below, several industry professionals mention brighter, bolder facades:

Bright colors such as yellows and reds have started to appear more so in the past ten years.
— James Wright
Surface 2 is the recommended application if the spandrel color accent is meant to create a banding effect or prominent color theme.
— Casey Anderson
Architects often choose brighter colors when wanting to create a contrast... Brighter colors are the better route to go if a product has high light transmittance and no reflectivity.
— Jeff deWaal

Why did ICD formulate a high-performance silicone spandrel coating?

In 1986, ICD began with the desire to create green and healthy alternatives for the glass coatings market, which spawned our flagship product OPACI-COAT-300®.
We offer architects, developers, and designers free tools and coating solutions for success, allowing them to specify our products with sound principals as the preference for “greener” building products has grown into an unstoppable demand. Each day as solution-based products are formulated by our in-house R&D facility and proven products leave our shipping docks, our vision becomes reality – creating healthier working and living spaces through chemistry.


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