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Compatibilizing Paints and Colorants

SpecialChem / Johan Bieleman – Mar 14, 2013

Paint tinting systems are being used for the preparation of colored paints for professional wholesalers up to the DIY segment. Universal colorants are applicable to a color system. Same colorants are used for tinting purposes of water borne as well as solvent borne paints. Through programed color recipes, virtually any color can be created, using standardized formulations and conditions. Optimal compatibility between colorant and base paint is a key element in order to reach the expected color.

Although universal colorants are designed to be compatible with a broad range of paints, some adjustment in the original base paint formulation may be required when designing the tinting system. A practical way is to adjust base paints with additives (compatibilizers) in order to reach optimal compatibility between base paint and colorant.

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