The Universal Selection Source: Coatings Ingredients

How to select raw materials smarter and faster for your Coatings & Inks formulations? Renowned experts in the field have designed these Selection Guides to assist you further in your selection according to your applications. In this section, we also provide you with Technology Profiles, states of the art of the main raw materials used in Paints, Coatings & Inks.

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Select Curing Agents for Coating Formulations

By Vincent Makala

Curing, or crosslinking, is the mechanism in which a functional entity (single molecule or functionality part of an oligomer, pre-polymer or polymer) reacts during the polymerization process with the other elements to be incorporated in the new polymer chains system. There are various crosslinking methods, and curing agents can improve the polymerization mechanism. Sometimes, curing agents are absolutely required to reach the final coating’s characteristics. Between all the varieties of crosslinking chemistries, this guide will help you select the best curing agent for your coating formulations.

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Defoamers Selection for Architectural Coatings

By Johan Bieleman

Get familiar with factors to consider when selecting defoamers for your architectural coatings. In this guide, you will find details about the various classes of defoamers, their mode of action, as well as their strengths and limitations per application. It will be useful to develop your flat/ matt wall paints, satin/ eggshell paints, semi-gloss dispersion paints, high gloss paints and clear varnishes.

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Rheology Modifiers Selection for Paints & Coatings

By Johan Bieleman

Rheology modifiers are vital additives used in almost every coating. Choosing the right rheology modifier for your formulation can be complex keeping in view the existing VOC regulations. This selection guide will help you select the right rheology modifier for your coating formulation. It will first detail the chemistries available for waterborne and solvent borne coatings. It will also uncover benefits and limitations as well as suitable applications.

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Pigment dispersion : Wetting & Dispersing Agents Selection

By Vincent Makala

Bright, vivid and durable colors are one of the most important part of the coatings’ aesthetic definition. Formulators are using pigments in order to bring this color in the paint. But keeping stable these solid particles in a liquid is a complex mechanism which consists in wetting, dispersing and stabilizing the solid particles in the system. This guide will help you to understand this mechanism in order to select the best product for your formulation. Selecting the right wetting and dispersing agent can enhance your paint’s quality, but also lower your production cost !

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Conductivity Agents for Coatings

By Vincent Makala

Need to enhance your coating electrostatic performances and avoid problems from batch to batch ? Conductivity agents are the ones that can come to the rescue. This guide is designed to help you understand the basics on which these agents work- conductivity and resistivity. Read on and select the right conductivity agent for your waterborne, solventborne or powder coatings formulation. Also, learn key parameters you need to check to ensure you have selected the best conductivity agent.

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Acrylic Resins Selection for Coatings

By François Magnin

To select Acrylic Resins for coatings, you would need to know about acrylic resin types, their key characteristics and applications. This guide will help you differentiate between pure acrylic resins and non-acrylic monomers. A brief description about acrylic resin forms like thermoplastic acrylic resins, cross-linking acrylic resins and acrylic latexes is offered as well. This guide also focuses on the main parameters to consider while selecting acrylic resins for your coating formulation.

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Corrosion Inhibitors for Coatings

By Vincent Makala

Corrosion directly impacts the aesthetics and quality of many finished goods. This guide will apprise you with the role coatings play in the protection of metallic surfaces against the corrosion. This guide will also help you understand the working of corrosion inhibitors in coatings. Read on and explore how to select the corrosion inhibitors to formulate non-toxic coatings with long-lasting performances!

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Substrate Wetting: Wetting Agents Selection

By Vincent Makala

What would be a paint without any correct substrate wetting ? When it is easy to explain that a paint should flow and wet properly the substrate, the real case application of this concept is sometimes complex, especially in waterborne coatings. This guide will remind you the generalities of paint substrate wetting topic and the way to select the best substrate wetting agent for your formulation.

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Select Driers for High Solids and Waterborne Coatings

By SpecialChem

Driers are important additives for paints & coatings as they speed up the autoxidation process. Without these drying catalysts the cross-linking process slows down, allowing the paint layer to dry only after some months post application. With driers the formation of a hard film is accomplished typically within a few hours after paint application. This guide is designed to familiarize you with the drying process, role of driers in film hardening and different types of driers used for coatings. Read on to select the right drier for your high solids and waterborne coatings.

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Catalyst for Coatings

By Vincent Makala

Catalysts are an essential component in many paints and coating formulations. But do not get confused with “catalyst accelerates crosslinking” statement. Indeed, some catalysts decelerate it. Keeping in mind that a catalyst “modifies the energy required to proceed the crosslinking reaction” will give you the basic ground to understand catalysts. This guide will cover the role of catalysts in coatings and different catalysts used for urethane and amino-crosslinked systems. It will also help you test the catalyst you have chosen to ensure its the right one for your formulation.

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