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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

Coalescing Agents in Coatings

By Johan Bieleman

Coalescing agents/ film formers are used in dispersion paints for optimizing the film formation process of the polymeric binder particles. Coalescing agents typically reduce the minimal formation temperature and as a consequence, optimize film coherence and properties such as scrub resistance, mechanical properties as well as appearance. Understand the process of coalescence and role of coalescing agents in coating film formation along with their major types and property profile.

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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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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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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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Solvent Based Flexible Packaging Inks

By Terence Kenneth

Flexible packaging has now become popular in various industries ranging from consumer products to industrial applications. Both flexographic and gravure printing methods are used for flexible packaging printing. These two methods share the same raw materials; hence guidelines to select raw materials for the both printing methods are common. Review the guidelines to select raw materials such as waxes, surface additives, various resins as well as pigments for flexible packaging inks.

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Conductivity Agents for Coatings

By Vincent Makala

Learn how to enhance the electrostatic performance of you coating formulation. Explore what are conductivity agents and how to select the right conductivity agent for your waterborne, solventborne or powder coatings system. Also discover the key parameters that are needed to ensure the best selection of the additive.

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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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Solvents Selection for Industrial Coatings

By François Magnin

In paints and coatings, solvents are majorly used to dissolve or disperse various components used in the formulation. Industrial Coatings made with solvents dry up to 10 times faster than low-solvent alternatives at room temperature, making painting fast and easy along with other benefits such as long-lasting protection, brilliant performance in extreme weather conditions and many more. Explore main factors to be considered while selecting the right solvent for your industrial coating formulations from a range provided by the coatings market. Also, find out a primary evaluation of the different solvent families (hydrocarbons, ketones, esters, alcohols, glycol ethers….) and some specific...

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Matting Agents for Coatings and Inks

By SpecialChem

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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Select Curing Agents for Coating Formulations

By Vincent Makala

Curing, or crosslinkingb, is the mechanism in which a functional entity (single molecule or functionality part of an oligomer, pre-polymer or polymer) reacts during the polymerization process with the other elements to be incorporated in the new polymer chains system. There are various crosslinking methods, and curing agents can improve the polymerization mechanism. Sometimes, curing agents are absolutely required to reach the final coating’s characteristics. Between all the varieties of crosslinking chemistries, learn how to select the best curing agent for your coating formulations.

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