Functional Coatings

Achieving a Factory-Applied Finish at Home

New Home, Vinyl Siding, Architectural Asphalt Shingle Roof, Real Estate
Vinyl siding is often chosen by homeowners because it comes as colored panels with a high-quality finish and doesn’t require more work once it is installed. That factory-applied finish does not last forever, however, and then building owners are faced with the choice of replacing the siding to get that type of appearance or painting on site, which cannot quite...

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Advances in Paint and Coating Manufacturing Equipment

Details of lacquer production
Core paint and coatings manufacturing processes have remained largely unchanged since the dawn of the industry. Ingredients are mixed into a liquid (organic solvent or water), a process that is often followed by milling to achieve the correct particle size for products comprising dispersions. Despite this, the paint and coatings industry is very dynamic. Business trends, market demands, governmental regulations,...

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Coatings Industry Innovations Enable Energy Conservation

Solar Power Plant in modern city, Sustainable Renewable Energy
Energy consumption impacts not only costs, but sustainability. Reducing energy consumption, therefore, reduces costs and lowers greenhouse gas emissions. The coatings industry is helping to reduce energy consumption in many ways. Manufacturers are developing more efficient processes for the production of coating ingredients and formulated paints. Resin manufacturers are developing new technologies that cure at lower temperatures, and equipment manufacturers...

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Scented Coatings: Going Beyond Scratch and Sniff

Sense of smell
Coatings protect and beautify our homes, cars, appliances, and personal electronic devices. They also help consumer brand manufacturers market their products to us. Packaging coatings help differentiate products through the use of color and design. For some products, coatings go even further, influencing multiple senses from touch to smell. Scratch and sniff coatings might be the most well recognized. Today,...

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Cool Street Coatings

Aerial view of Los Angeles 405 San Diego Freeway from Getty Center drive
The urban heat island effect can be a real problem for major cities in warmer climates. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the annual mean air temperature of a city with 1 million people or more can be 1.8–5.4°F (1–3°C) warmer than its surroundings, and in the evenings, the difference can be as high as 22°F (12°C). The result:...

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Taking Dry-Erase Boards to a New Dimension

Blank white calendar with dry erase markers and an eraser
Traditional dry-erase boards for home use are made of inexpensive melamine, and larger boards for office use are generally manufactured with expensive heavy glass or porcelain. As a result, dry-erase boards are generally only formed as rectangular flat boards or panels inserted into frames for use as doors, wall panels, and cubicle partitions. In addition, cheaper dry-erase coatings tend to...

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An Overview of Intumescent Coatings

An Overview of Intumescent Coatings
In May 2017, the fifth edition of the Global Market Analysis for the Paint & Coatings Industry (2015–2020) was released by the International Paint and Printing Ink Council (IPPIC). Prepared by its international consultant, the ChemQuest Group, Inc., the report features extensive research findings and insights into global and regional coatings in 11 end-use segments as well as sub-segments. This...

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Coatings that Encourage Creativity

board eraser isolated on white background.
Dry erase boards, while often associated with classrooms, find use in many other applications as well. Think of Sheldon of the “Big Bang Theory” in his office or apartment discussing a complex nuclear physics problem with his friends. Many businesses find large, movable dry erase boards useful in conference rooms. They can be found on refrigerators or bedroom walls for...

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Leveraging Shape Memory Polymers in Self-Healing Coatings

Scratch by car because of an inaccurate parking
The idea of self-healing coatings is very attractive. In fact, automotive coatings that self-heal fine scratches when warmed in the sun have been commercialized. There is particular interest in developing self-healing coatings for substrates that are components of critical and/or expensive assets that are constantly exposed to corrosive environments, such as nuclear reactors, large chemical storage tanks, bridges, and other...

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