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Cornelius & Elementis Present TINT-AYD AQ, A New Aqueous Colourant Tinting System

Published on 2010-12-13. Author : SpecialChem

Cornelius and Elementis are pleased to introduce TINT-AYD AQ colorants and Tinting System. This latest generation Elementis tinting system is available as ready-made colorants and comes with a unique flexibility that customers can make the state-of-the-art TINT-AYD AQ colorants themselves.

TINT-AYD® AQ is an aqueous tinting system, based on a dual humectant technology and is part of Elementis's third generation VOC compliant architectural tinting systems for decorative coatings and aqueous industrial coatings.

Besides the readymade TINT-AYD AQ colorants, ELEMENTIS offers the unique option for customers to produce these colorants in-house via working formulations. All the AQ colorants can be made with 3 base additives: NUOSPERSE AQ 100, AQ 200, and AQ 300. The working formulations are not just starting formulations: they are the real colorant formulations to produce the exact TINT-AYD AQ colorants. One can now design a colorant system, either by using ready-made TINT-AYD AQ colorants or by, for example, mixing readymade TINT-AYD AQ colorants with in-house produced TINT-AYD AQ colorants.

The NUOSPERSE® AQ technology used in the ELEMENTIS TINT-AYD® AQ colorant system offers both, the ready-made colorants and the individual additives for self-production of these colorants, ensures maximum flexibility for the formulator/developer of a new colorant system.

NUOSPERSE® AQ 100 - is a liquid carrier, humectant and pigment wetting & dispersing agent replacing traditional glycols and dispersing agents in VOC compliant aqueous colorants.
It is used as dispersing medium and "open time agent" reducing the tendency of the colorant to dry out during storage or in tinting machines. NUOSPERSE® AQ 100 is primarily based on polymeric surface active ingredients.


  • VOC- and APEO-Free
  • For organic and inorganic pigments
  • Excellent dispersing properties
  • Excellent "humectant" properties

NUOSPERSE® AQ 200 - is a unique liquid hydrophobic humectant, typically used in combination with NUOSPERSE® AQ 100. It prevents too quick drying of colorants in production and tinting machines. It also stabilizes the viscosity of tinted paints and has significantly less influence on water resistance properties of paints, compared to most "traditional" colorants.


  • VOC- and APEO-free
  • Hydrophobic
  • Excellent water- & scrub-resistance
  • Reduces water spotting
  • Improves viscosity stability of tinted paints
  • Humectant properties

NUOSPERSE® AQ 300 - is a liquid co-dispersant used in combination with NUOSPERSE® AQ 100 & NUOSPERSE® AQ 200. It reduces the pigment grind viscosity and allows an optimized pigment loading. The dispersing agent is typically used for those pigments that require extra wetting.


  • VOC- and APEO-free
  • For organic and inorganic pigments
  • Improves flocculation resistance
  • Improves colorant stability
  • Increases colour development and opacity

About Cornelius

Cornelius is one of the leading distributors of speciality chemicals in the UK and Ireland, but a vibrant and energetic business that has identified how using its own Research and Development facility alongside highly skilled technical staff has added value to their suppliers and customers alike. They operate across important market sectors affecting consumer issues such as health, personal care, food, cosmetics etc; and also industrial markets such as surface coatings, plastics, rubber, composites and many more.

Source: Cornelius

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