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.

Selection Guide

Water Based Folding Carton Inks

By Terence Kenneth

Inks for folding cartons need to be formulated with moderately high gloss and good surface rub resistance. This selection guide will detail the common types of materials used in folding carton segment. It would also help you select waxes, resins, emulsions, defoamers, surfactants and pigments for producing inks for folding cartons.

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Defoamers Selection for Industrial Coatings

By Johan Bieleman

Review factors that are vital while selecting anti-foaming agents for your industrial coatings formulation. This selection guide will detail you about various classes of defoamers, their functioning and uses in industrial coatings. It would brief you with the risks and benefits linked with each category. This guide would also help you in your defoamer selection according to your substrate, application technology, function of your coating or the film formation chemistry.

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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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Leveling Agents for Coatings

By Vincent Makala

Finding the right leveling agent is often a tedious process, considering all the parameters. It is important to check dosage and product variations to figure out the correct chemistry and fine tune the formulation. Make the selection of your leveling agents easy for your coating formulation by getting answers to most of your questions that arise during the selection process.

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Selection Guide

Powder Coatings

By Rogier van Duin

Powder coatings impart significant durability and resistance to abrasion, corrosion and chemicals in comparison to liquid coatings.  Environmental advantages have led the way for the conversion of liquid coatings to powder coatings. In this guide you will learn about advantages, disadvantages, formulation, future trends and their different end-markets applications.

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Solvent Based Flexible Packaging Inks

By Terence Kenneth

Review the guidelines to select raw materials dedicated to flexible packaging inks segment. This selection guide would help you select waxes, surface additives, various resins as well as pigments for flexible packaging inks. Both flexographic and gravure printing methods are used for flexible packaging printing. These two methods share the same raw materials, so in this selection guide both printing methods will be grouped and explained together.

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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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Selection Guide

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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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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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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