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Solvents Selection for Industrial Coatings

Select the right solvent for your industrial coating formulations from a range provided by the coatings market. The matrices in this selection guide provide a primary evaluation of the different solvent families and some specific solvents within them. This guide also briefs about the main families used in coating formulations: Hydrocarbons, Ketones, Esters, Alcohols and Glycol Ethers.

Solvents

Solvents are added to paint and coatings formulations to dissolve other compounds like pigments, additives and binders. After the paint is applied on the surface, the solvent evaporates, allowing the resin and pigment to produce a film of paint and to dry quickly. Adding solvents in a paint formulation helps to optimize the whole performance of the system.
Solvents

Even if almost no solvents are present in the final dried coating due to evaporation, their role is essential in coating formulation. Solvents control the viscosity for the application and can have an important effect on film quality, which is strongly dependent on the solvent's evaporation rate during drying.  As a result of this they can affect properties such as film appearance, adhesion, or even corrosion.

The aim of this guide is to provide a tool to help the formulator selecting the right solvents among the main families used in coating formulations: Hydrocarbons, Ketones, Esters, Alcohols and Glycol Ethers.

Solvents for Industrial Coatings



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