This is deceptive advertising by unscrupulous or uneducated business’ who simply sell a product to make a dollar.  There are two types of polyurea coatings, aliphatic and aromatic.  A true aliphatic coating is U.V. Stable (See Premium, Ultra, and XS-650) a true aromatic coating is not (See XS-100 and XS-350).  An aromatic coating can have aliphatic properties which will increase the UV characteristics but it doesn’t make it a true UV stable product.  This is why LINE-X offers LINE-X Premium for an additional charge which is a true 100% aliphatic topcoat which is 100% UV stable.

Labels of of UV Stable and UV Resistance in coating products can be deceptive.  Although a number of aliphatic systems are truly 100% aliphatic, there are too many aliphatic products out there that are in fact, blends of aliphatic and aromatic. Some producers will make a blend that is only 51% aliphatic and 49% aromatic and still claim it is an aliphatic product like our competitors.  Today nearly every spray-on bedliner company has some amount of aliphatic properties in their formulas, the difference is that not everyone tries to use that as a marketing tool, only the ones that are unscrupulous or uneducated.

Educate yourself. When purchasing an aliphatic system, ask the bedliner store about the percent of aliphatic materials in their product. Read the product’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). An aliphatic polyurea coating will contain only IPDI and/or HDI isocyanate (Side A) component.  An aromatic polyurea coating uses MDI or TDI isocyanate. Since MDI and TDI are not UV-stable, you should not find either of these components in a truly aliphatic product.

Some of the competitors will try to tell you their product is the new and improved LINE-X which is UV Stable or has “UV Resistance” included.  Again these business’ are in it to make a buck and really have no idea what an aliphatic and aromatic is or what the difference is.  Their core business is selling anything to make a buck, whereas our business is coatings first and foremost.  Educate yourself and ask the tough questions before paying $500 for something that isn’t what it claims to be.  You may also want to ask if fading on their product is covered under warranty and in writing!