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Coatings Ingredients
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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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Defoamers for Coatings: Selection Tips, Performance Evaluation & Troubleshooting
The demands for ever-faster production times and application speeds for coatings continue to grow. These pressures intensify an inherent problem with coating formulations -- foam generation! Today, a number of different types of foam-control agents are employed to combat foam. However, selecting the proper one, its use level and incorporation method for a specific coating or ink formulation can be quite a task. In addition to effective foam control, the compatibility of the anti-foam in the coating formulation must be balanced to avoid any surface defects as well. Master this delicate business of finding the best suitable defoamer for your...

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Matting Agents for Coatings and Inks
In many coating applications, there is a preference in the market for matte finishes. Different methods and matting agents exist for indoor and outdoor coatings. Get detailed information about the various types of matting agents used in coatings and inks and how to disperse a matting agent. Find out more about various methods to achieve a matted paint surface, what are the main factors which influence matt effect and quick overview of popular applications.

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Selection of Plasticizers for Coating Formulations
Plasticizers are additives that increase the elasticity of coatings based on film-forming materials. In order to meet specific demands for your application, proper film-formation is essential. But, selecting the right plasticizer with a unique property of your choice is sometimes challenging. Explore, in detail, the role of plasticizers along with their benefits and sub-categories. Also, learn how to select the perfect plasticizer for your coating application.

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Select Right Catalyst for Your Coatings

By Vincent Makala

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

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Surface Modifying Agents for Coatings
Paint defects are unavoidable but they are manageable! Coating application process, exposure to aggressive conditions, inadequate pre-treatment of substrate etc. are among the few reasons leading to paint defects. Explore, in detail, the various causes and preventive measures of common defects that can occur at different stages of work. Learn how to improve the surface properties of your coatings & use of different surface modifying agents so that it matches your consumer requirements.

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Emulsion Polymers Selection for Paints and Coatings

By Dr. Alexander Madl

Emulsion Polymers are tremendously versatile! They have vast chemistries and provide low cost, low emissions, zero VOC, good shelf-life, freeze-thaw stability, and potential sustainability in many coating formulations. Due to these benefits, the emulsion polymers are increasingly used in paints and coatings to serve growing needs in diverse sectors and applications. Get a comprehensive review about the fundamentals of emulsion polymers and learn everything you need to know in this detailed guide.

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Select Scratch & Mar Resistance Agents for Coatings

By Vincent Makala

Scratch & Mar Resistance agents are recommended in many formulations where improved resistance is required. Due to the influence of an agent on many properties, a correct choice may also positively influence other finished coating's characteristics. So, explore the main factors to be considered while selecting the right scratch and mar resistance agent for your coating formulations from a range provided by the coatings market. Also, learn about the mechanism by which scratch and resistance agents work.

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Titanium Dioxide Pigment for Paints & Coatings - Complete Guide

By Jochum Beetsma

Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is by far the most suited white pigment to obtain whiteness and hiding power in coatings, inks and plastics. This is because, it has an extremely high refractive index and it does not absorb visible light. TiO2 is also readily available as particles with the right size (d ≈ 280 nm) and the right shape (more or less spherical) as well as with a variety of post-treatments. However, the pigment is expensive, especially when volume prices of systems are used. And, there always remains a need to develop a full-proof strategy to obtain the best results in...

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Select Driers for High Solids and Waterborne Coatings
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. Introduce yourself with the drying process and learn the role of driers in film hardening. Also explore the different types of driers used for coatings and hence find out the right drier for your high solids and waterborne coatings.

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Powder Coatings 101: Material Selection and Formulation Tips

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. Become an expert by learning some basic information about powder coatings, their process, key features and benefits. Also get detailed information on various types of resins used to formulate powder coatings and popular application areas… So let’s get started! Powder Coatings Technology Key Benefits and Limitations of Powder Coatings How are Powder Coatings Manufactured? How are Powder Coatings Applied? How to Cure Powder Coated Products? Types of Resins...

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