Breakthrough Paint Has Ability To Kill Bacteria

November 2, 2015

Paint Shield kills bacteria

A new paint from Sherwin-Williams boasts the ability to kill bacteria within two hours of contact with the painted surface.  It is the first EPA-registered microbicidal paint that continuously kills bacteria for up to four years after application.

Paint Shield offers customers an important new tool to help prevent the spread of bacteria that can cause hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).  Surfaces painted with 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 after two hours of exposure.

Paint Shield kills bacteria“Paint Shield is one of the most significant technological breakthroughs in our nearly 150 year history of innovation,” said Chris Connor, chairman and chief executive, Sherwin-Williams.  “By killing infectious pathogens on painted surfaces, Paint Shield is a game-changing advancement in coatings technology.”

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, healthcare-associated infections are one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States.  Further, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that approximately one in 25 patients contract at least one infection during the course of their hospital care.

“Continued progress in combating HAIs will require a broad array of measures, including passive methods that are less dependent on human intervention,” said Steve Revnew, senior vice president of Product Innovation, Sherwin-Williams.  “By continuing to kill MRSA and other bacteria, even after repeated contamination, Paint Shield offers hospitals and other facilities an important new tool to help in the fight against the spread of HAIs.”

Paint Shield kills bacteriaPaint Shield can be applied on interior hard, non-porous ceilings, walls, doors and trim.  It is ideal for a variety of settings such as healthcare facilities, athletic facilities, schools, day care centers, senior care communities, residential housing, hospitality settings and cruise ships.

Paint Shield will be available in 590 colors and will come in the popular eg-shel finish.  Sherwin-Williams expects Paint Shield to be available in Sherwin-Williams stores in the United States starting in the first quarter of 2016.

Source and Photos: PR Newswire, Sherwin-Williams



Dawn Killough

has over 15 years experience in the construction industry and is the author of Green Building Design 101, an e-book available from Amazon. She is a LEED AP and Certified Green Building Advisor, and has worked on the LEED Certification of three projects in Salem, Oregon.