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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.

Selection Guide

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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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. This selection guide will help you understand more about use of pigments, differences between pigments and dyes, types & different families of pigments, their properties & performances, pigment dispersions, applications in the paints & coatings industry and much more.

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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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Pigment dispersion : Wetting & Dispersing Agents Selection

By Vincent Makala

Bright, vivid and durable colors are one of the most important part of the coatings’ aesthetic definition. Formulators are using pigments in order to bring this color in the paint. But keeping stable these solid particles in a liquid is a complex mechanism which consists in wetting, dispersing and stabilizing the solid particles in the system. This guide will help you to understand this mechanism in order to select the best product for your formulation. Selecting the right wetting and dispersing agent can enhance your paint’s quality, but also lower your production cost !

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Corrosion Inhibitors for Coatings

By Vincent Makala

Corrosion directly impacts the aesthetics and quality of many finished goods. This guide will apprise you with the role coatings play in the protection of metallic surfaces against the corrosion. This guide will also help you understand the working of corrosion inhibitors in coatings. Read on and explore how to select the corrosion inhibitors to formulate non-toxic coatings with long-lasting performances!

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