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Silica Preferred Over Other Matting Agents to Enhance Matte Effect in Paints

SpecialChem / Aug 1, 2012

The gloss of paint is dependent upon the angle and intensity of incident light and reflected light from the dried paint surface. A roughened surface reduces the gloss by scattering the reflected light impinging upon the film surface thus creating a matte effect. A variety of matting agents are available that reduce the smoothness of the film surface. Other factors that may reduce the gloss of paint films include surface defects created by rapid film drying or improper spray application methods. In July, we asked our members to identify the matting agents they use to reduce the gloss of paint. The question we asked is: What do you do for enhancing "matte effect" in paints?

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