Corning® Guardiant®: Painting for peace of mind
Paint with Corning® Guardiant® has astounding virus-killing properties–and it’s something you can buy on your Saturday morning errands.
At first glance it’s another high-quality paint. It can be applied like any other paint and comes in more than 2,000 colors to help personalize an interior space. But something radically different will be happening at the microscopic level.
Copper ions will be releasing slowly, invisibly, on the painted surface. Those ions start working immediately and will be killing 99.9% of viruses and bacteria they encounter within two hours, creating a hygienic, antimicrobial surface. And the interior environment - whether it’s a classroom, medical examination room, or your own kitchen - will have surfaces protected from viruses and bacteria for years to come.
The remarkable additive enabling this paint is Corning® Guardiant®, a highly engineered glass-ceramic material. It includes the most bioactive form of copper ions, long recognized for their inherent antimicrobial properties. The material is milled into very fine particles, with the glass-ceramic structure acting as a molecular sheath to stabilize the copper until added to the paint.
Then, the sheath enables the ions to release – gradually and continuously, for as long as six years. Guardiant technology pairs well with every other feature of traditional paint and coatings – from smooth coverage to thousands of color possibilities. The paint industry is lauding Corning as a game-changer while their customers can add a new layer of hygiene and protection on painted walls, trims, and doors.
And in May of 2022, BEHR® COPPER FORCE™ Interior Paint launched in many U.S. Home Depot stores. “The impact of this innovation cannot be overstated,” said John Gilbert, Behr Chief R&D Officer.