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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.

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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. Make your task easier by understanding key characteristics of pigment dispersion as well as learning the criteria for selecting the most suitable pigment wetting and dispersing agent for your coating formulation which could not only enhance your product’s quality but also lower down the...

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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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Inorganic Pigments for Paints, Coatings and Inks

By SpecialChem

Inorganic pigments are undoubtedly the go-to pigment market for brighter, stable and long lasting pigments. Want to know more about inorganic pigments? Find the list of inorganic pigment families discussed in detail here and hence chose the ideal pigment for your paint/coating/ink formulation.

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Pigments for Paints, Coatings and Inks

By SpecialChem

Pigments are important constituents in paints, coatings and inks. They are added to paints and coatings formulations to impart color, bulk or a desired physical and chemical property to the wet or dry film. Are you searching for the right pigment for your formulation? Explore this guide and understand:  − Differences between pigments and dyes  − Types of pigments & their properties  − Pigment Dispersions  − Performance of pigments  − Selection Criteria

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Rheology Modifiers Selection for Paints & Coatings

By Johan Bieleman

Rheology modifiers are vital additives used in almost every coating. But, choosing the right rheology modifier for your formulation can be complex keeping in view the existing VOC regulations. Are you also facing challenges while selecting right rheology modifier? We are here to help you! Check out the chemistries available for waterborne and solvent borne coatings along with their key benefits, limitations and applications. To give a better understanding to your selection process, explore: Rheology modifiers in waterborne coatings:  » Types  » Common rheology modifier combinations  » Correction paint flow  » Selection Rheology modifiers in Solventborne coatings:  » Types  » Common rheology modifier combinations  » Correction paint flow  » Selection

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Surface Modifying Agents for Coatings

By SpecialChem

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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Fillers Selection for Paints and Coatings

By Jochum Beetsma

Get familiar with the key factors to consider when selecting fillers depending on the final properties you want to reach for your paints and coatings. Also, you'll find out detailed information on types of fillers used and their influence on various properties such as abrasion resistance, gloss & matte effect, viscosity etc. when added in formulations whether it is a paint, primer or topcoat!

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Wax Emulsions for Coatings

By SpecialChem

Wax-based additives and wax emulsions are widely used for optimizing the final performance of coatings and inks by efficiently controlling surface properties. A solid understanding of waxes and how they work will allow you to use these performance additives to your greatest advantage. Even with careful selection of the appropriate wax surface modifier, your results will depend on the manufactured quality of the emulsion or dispersion. Learn more about waxes and wax emulsions & understand how you can improve specific surface effect using wax emulsions. Find out key factors to be considered to formulate wax emulsions, their mechanism of action...

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Defoamers Selection for Industrial Coatings

By Johan Bieleman

Review factors that are vital while selecting anti-foaming agents for your industrial coatings formulation. Find out more about various classes of defoamers, their functioning and uses in industrial coatings. Also, get a quick brief on risks and benefits linked with each category. And, to further help you select defoamers/anti-foaming agents for your industrial coatings formulations, check out factors which need to be considered according to your substrate, application technology, function of your coating or the film formation chemistry.

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