AAMA Specifications

Architects and building owners should determine which performance specification is required, along with the paint color. In order to ensure the paint performance expected for a given application, one of three AAMA specifications should be referenced: AAMA 2603, 2604, and 2605. These three specifications apply to progressively stronger levels as indicated by South Florida outdoor exposure and laboratory accelerated testing results as shown below.

Beyond the stringent standards and regulations, Linetec offers a downloadable guide spec with specifiable differences that contribute to a projects long life, durability and sustainability.

AAMA Specifications for Paint
Specification 2603 2604 2605
South Florida Weathering:      
Color retention 1 year: "slight" fade 5 yrs: Fade = 5 Delta E 10 yrs: Fade =  5 Delta E
Chalk resistance 1 year: "slight" chalk 5 yrs: Chalk = 8 10 yrs: Chalk = 8
Gloss retention No specification 5 yrs: 30% retention 10 yrs: 50% retention
Erosion resistance No specification 5 yrs: 10% loss 10 yrs: 10% loss
Dry film thickness 0.8 mils minimum 1.2 mils minimum 1.2 mils minimum
Pretreatment System: Chrome or Chrome Free * Chrome or Chrome Free * Chrome or Chrome Free *
Accelerated Testing:      
Salt Spray 1,500 hours 3,000 hours 4,000 hours
Humidity 1,500 hours 3,000 hours 4,000 hours

Linetec is 100% compliant of all AAMA specifications. AAMA's Certification Program Verified Components List is a complete list of window and door component manufacturers who have submitted samples for testing and those samples were found to be in full compliance with the applicable specification.

For detailed spec information or to purchase AAMA specifications visit www.aamanet.org. All AAMA documents may be ordered through the Public Store

Spec Performance
Interior hand rail

AAMA 2603

AAMA 2603 is typically an interior specification. Baked enamel (acrylic/polyester) paints should meet AAMA 2603. The baked enamel coatings are harder than the fluoropolymer Kynar 500® PVDF resin-based coatings and often are used for interior application where color retention is not required. These paints are less expensive, but have poor resistance to color fading and chalking.


AAMA 2604

AAMA 2604 is an "intermediate" specification. A paint meeting this specification would be a 50% fluoropolymer. An application for this paint would be storefront, doors, or other high-traffic areas. This finish will provide good color and gloss retention. It also will provide good hardness and abrasion resistance.

Chicago condo's

AAMA 2605

AAMA 2605 is the high-performance exterior specification. A paint meeting this specification would be a 70% fluoropolymer resin-based coating. These finishes exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals. An application for this finish would include monumental architectural projects.


American Architectural Manufacturers Association

Linetec is a longstanding AAMA member. AAMA is the source of performance standards, product certification and educational programs for the fenestration industry.