Safe to use in medical facilities and in contact with food.
Unlike most other commercially available Solid Surfaces, AquateX™ is extremely resistant to yellowing or aging (the progressive color variation that the product undergoes over time). This is a very important difference which can be explained as follows.
This resistance to UV lightening is obtained at the molecular level by achieving the optimal molecular structure of the polymers. This innovative structure allows the material to retain its original colour even under prolonged exposure to sunlight or artificial UV light.
By contrast, the UV resistance of most other Solid Surface materials is achieved by solubilizing it with a mix of UV absorbing additives. These have a tendency to degrade over time due to the same UV radiation and therefore they protect the material from colour variations for only a very limited time.
Our testing has been conducted using accelerated yellowing test methodology with UV type A lamps (similar to the solar spectrum), under temperature conditions up to 50°C and saturated water moisture.
The testing lasted for 1836 hours (76.5 days), an extremely long exposure time. It should be noted that in common solid surfaces the protecting effect of the UV-absorbing additives expires after about 405 hours upon which the material yellowing accelerates rapidly, quickly degrading its overall look and feel.
The graph shows how common solid surfaces, after just a couple of months, start becoming yellow and that this phenomenon accelerates over time.
AquateX™ after 77 days is less yellow than at the time of manufacturing, and this phenomenon will continue for many months, before its slow and imperceptible yellowing. The human eye perceives yellowing only when YVI ≥ 3 units.