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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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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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Defoamers Selection for Architectural Coatings

By Johan Bieleman

Get familiar with factors to consider when selecting defoamers for your architectural coatings. Find the details about the various classes of defoamers, their mode of action, as well as their strengths and limitations per application. An appropriate selection process would help you develop better formulation of flat / matt wall paints, satin / eggshell paints, semi-gloss dispersion paints, high gloss paints and clear varnishes. Explore more!

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Select Curing Agents for Coating Formulations

By Vincent Makala

Curing, or crosslinking, 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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Acrylic Resins Selection for Coatings

By François Magnin

Understand what are Acrylic Resins and how can they improve film properties of your coating formulation in detail. Also learn about their major categories, different forms and the selection criteria to choose the best product for your formulation based on the end-application.

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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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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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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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Select Driers for High Solids and Waterborne Coatings

By SpecialChem

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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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 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 learning the selection criteria for choosing best product for your coating formulation which could not only enhance your product’s quality but also lower down the production cost!

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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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