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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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Biocide Selection: In-can Preservation, Dry Film Protection, Anti-fouling...

By SpecialChem

Interior coatings used especially in kitchen and bathrooms are more vulnerable to microbial degradation due to damp conditions. And for exterior paints, environmental conditions like humidity can lead to fungal/ algal growth and negatively affect the aesthetics of the coating. Apart from architectural segment, microbial issues are also predominant in the marine industry leading to problems such as high maintenance costs, increased corrosion etc. Also, not only limited to after use spoilage, microorganisms can contaminate the paint in different ways during the manufacturing process too. Are you hunting for the right biocide for your coating formulation? Does the ever-changing global regulatory landscape...

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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. Find out what are the common types of raw materials (waxes, resins, emulsions, defoamers, surfactants and pigments) used for producing water-based inks for folding cartons.

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Corrosion Inhibitors for Coatings: Main Types & Selection Tips

By SpecialChem

Corrosion of metals and other substrates is and has been a major problem for the industry. Special coating systems are used to limit the damage caused by corrosion and substrate protection can be achieved for a long period of time. This is especially important in maintenance coatings for outdoor constructions as re-painting is labor-intensive and hence very expensive. But, choosing the right surface treatment method or the anti-corrosive additive among the variety of products available in the market today can be a daunting task… Understand in detail about what causes corrosion, various strategies to optimize formulation to resist corrosion and tips to...

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Rheology Modifiers Selection for Paints & Coatings

By SpecialChem

Rheology modifiers are vital additives used in almost every coating to achieve desired rheological characteristics for the particular application. Apart from getting desired viscosity, these additives also help in controlling paint shelf stability, ease of application, open time / wet edge and sagging. But, choosing the right rheology modifier for your formulation can be complex keeping in view the existing VOC regulations. Are you looking for the tips to select the best suitable rheology modifier for your paint or coating system? Become an expert by learning some basic information about rheology modifying additives, what are the major types of rheology modifiers...

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Defoamers Selection for Architectural and Industrial Coatings

By SpecialChem

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. Review factors that are vital while selecting anti-foaming agents for your architectural...

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Select Adhesion Promoters for Coatings

By Vincent Makala

One of the most important ability in nearly all permanent coatings systems is to adhere strongly onto the substrate after film formation has completed. Indeed, the adhesion of the coating film is a necessity to offer long-term protection and aesthetics. And thus, adhesion promoters are in many cases very helpful additives to achieve the perfect adhesion. Explore more about this useful class of additives, find out main types of adhesion promoters available in the market and understand the test methods & selection criteria to choose the best material for your formulation.

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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 terms of...

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Powder Coatings 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!

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Substrate Wetting: Wetting Agents Selection

By Vincent Makala

What would be paint without any correct substrate wetting? When is it easy to explain that paint could flow properly and wet the substrate? The real case application of this concept is sometimes complex, especially in waterborne coatings. Trim your difficulties!  » Understand the correlation between substrate wetting and surface tension  » Learn how to improve substrate wetting of Coatings  » Select the right wetting agent for your coating system

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Pigment Dispersion: Wetting & Dispersing Agents Selection

By Vincent Makala

Bright, vivid and durable colors are one of the most important parts of the coatings’ aesthetic definition. Formulators are using pigments in order to bring desired color in the paint. But keeping these solid particles stable in a liquid is a complex mechanism which includes appropriate: wetting, dispersing and stabilizing of solid particles in the system. Enhance your coatings quality while lowering down the production cost by:     » Understanding key characteristics of pigment dispersion     » Learning the criteria for selecting the most suitable pigment wetting and dispersing agent for your coating formulation

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