New antimicrobial topcoat to tackle COVID-19

By James Ridler contact

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SURFACE13 is designed to reduce the load of harmful microbes on surfaces
SURFACE13 is designed to reduce the load of harmful microbes on surfaces

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Specialist coating supplier Surface Finishing UK has developed a clear antimicrobial topcoat designed to reduce the load of harmful microbes on surfaces – including SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

SURFACE13 is a Polyurethane coating that can be applied by spray application using traditional industrial air or non-air fed systems, portable handheld airless sprayers and aerosol. It can also be applied using hand application including paint roller and brush dependent on the requirements.

When combined with traditional cleaning processes, SURFACE13’s antimicrobial properties can enhance the hygiene level on surfaces, according to Surface Finishing UK.


The topcoat incorporates the antimicrobial Biomaster, which has been reported to inhibit the growth of a wide range of microorganisms, including MRSA, E.coli and Legionella. Recent testing saw a reduction in SARS-COV-2 on SURFACE13 treated surfaces.

The additive is suspended within the coating and is non-leaching and remains active for the lifetime of the coating. When Biomaster is added to SURFACE13, this then produces an ISO accredited multi-purpose antimicrobial hygiene paint system.

SURFACE13 also contains an invisible taggant which can be detected in the cured coat with the use of a laser. This tracer element proves that the antimicrobial agent is also present.

Operations director Colin Green said: “At the start of our project to produce SURFACE13 we knew we wanted to work with an industry leading and innovative company and Biomaster more than filled this brief.

“The support, advise and help received by all the team at Addmaster was, and still is, critical to us achieving our goals.”

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