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New Rilsan® grades offer Superior Protective Coating for Outdoor Furniture

Published on 2010-01-11. Author : SpecialChem

Arkema has consolidated its Rilsanâ powder product range with new grades specifically adapted to the coating of outdoor furniture, so as to respond to stricter requirements in coastal areas, or in regions with extreme weather conditions.

Urban furniture suppliers are looking for coating solutions with extended durability that can better withstand abrasion, gravelling, impact, and corrosive environments such as salt. This is particularly the case in coastal areas where climatic conditions are tough. Typical applications concerned include lampposts that are galvanized or painted with liquid polyurethane paints or with polyester coatings; however, these deteriorate too quickly. Similar tough coatings can also be used for garden furniture or electrical cabinets.

Rilsanâ boasts over 50 years of proven performance as a protective coating for metal parts, and has been used for over 10 years in desalination treatment plants. It is made of Polyamide 11, which is 100% derived from castor oil, a raw material of renewable origin, therefore helping reduce the environmental impact as well as CO2 equivalent emissions by up to 30 % compared to liquid paints.

Arkema has developed a dark grey grade, T gris 9102 MAC (RAL 7021), and at the beginning of 2010 will offer a new aluminium type colour grade. These Rilsan® grades designed for outdoor applications offer excellent UV resistance, as well as exceptional impact and abrasion resistance, which ultimately extend the lifetime of the furniture. While offering an effective protection to metallic surfaces in different kinds of environments, Rilsan® provides resistance to most cleaning agents, and imparts an attractive and smooth surface aspect, which is also warm to the touch. Rilsan® powders can easily be applied by dipping in a fluidised bed, by electrostatic spraying, or by flame spraying. Galvanization is not required before coating, which eliminates any related safety and environmental concerns, and compared to traditional paints, their application does not release volatile organic compounds. Rilsan® coatings also represent an economical solution as they require much less repair than other paints or coatings.

A number of street lamps coated with Rilsan® T gris 9102 MAC were installed in 2008 in Spain, along the seashore in the Almeira area, and no deterioration whatsoever is visible, even below the salt deposit. Galvanized and painted lampposts, installed in the same area at the time, have been totally corroded. The value of Rilsanâ has therefore been clearly demonstrated in the field, and these coatings are the answer when durability is required.

About Arkema:

A global chemical company and France's leading chemicals producer, Arkema consists of three businesses: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. Arkema reports sales of 5.6 billion euros. Arkema has 15,000 employees in over 40 countries and six research centers located in France, the United States and Japan. With internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.

Source: Arkema

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