Pigments

Pigment Dispersion II, Testing

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Pigment dispersion quality in pastes and paints may be tested by one of several different techniques. Probably the most common method in labs and plants is taking readings with a grind gauge, usually the Hegman type (ASTM D1210). The main reason for doing this for pastes usually is to see whether the dispersion process has reached the required end point...

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Taking Direct-to-Metal Coatings to the Next Level

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Direct-to-metal (DTM) coatings are designed to provide the performance of traditional primer–topcoat systems, but in one coat. As technologies for the development of DTM coatings have advanced and led to more desirable properties during application and in applied films, demand for these coatings has been increasing. As a result, while DTM coatings today still account for a small percentage of...

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A New Approach to Painting Restoration: Operation Night Watch

Operation Night Watch
The Night Watch, more formally known as Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq and The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch, was painted by Rembrandt van Rijn in 1642. It is a very large painting (11.91 ft × 14.34 ft) and is recognized for Rembrandt’s dramatic use of light and shadow and...

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Market Update: Titanium Dioxide

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Current State of the TiO2 Market “Demand for TiO2 is highly correlated to GDP growth over the long term. In the short term, however, market demand has historically been affected by concerns around security of supply—as well as inventory positioning throughout the cycle—rather than just due to fluctuations in customer demand,” observes Bryan Snell, president of Chemours Titanium Technologies.  The...

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Highly Versatile Aluminum Flake for Water, Solvent and Ultra-low VOC Coatings and Inks

Highly Versatile Aluminum Flake for Water, Solvent and Ultra-low VOC Coatings and Inks
Liquid coatings and inks are facing increased pressure with respect to the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). As a result, ink and coating formulators have to balance safety, regulatory, and emission standards while meeting their customers’ performance requirements. For low-VOC, metallic formulations, aluminum pigments are used to impart a desirable silver or metallic effect with excellent hiding power. In...

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The Demand for Coatings Raw Materials to 2022

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Raw materials, in the form of individual chemical constituents that are incorporated into paints and coatings, represent an exceptionally diverse and vitally important sub-set of the overall specialty chemicals industry. They may either be added to a paint or coatings formulation during the product manufacturing process—or, in the case of multiple-component coatings systems (2K, 3K, etc.)—may be used to make...

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New Pigment for Improved Seed Coatings

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Coatings don’t just beautify and protect buildings, bridges, ships and airplanes. They improve the performance of industrial machinery and medical implants—and the seeds used to grow many types of valuable crops. Coatings are used to help reduce dust control and improve the flowability of seeds when they are being handled in large quantities and passed through planting equipment. They also...

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