Raw Materials

The Use of Engineered Silica to Enhance Coatings

The field of coatings technology has utilized many forms of silica-based particles in the last 70 years. This large, varied class of fillers is generically broken into two categories of crystalline and amorphous morphology. With ongoing scrutiny and sensitivity in the coatings industry to move towards less hazards in the workplace, greater emphasis is placed on suitable amorphous technology to...

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Coatings Industry Innovations Enable Energy Conservation

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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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Fine-Tuning Coating Surface Control Through the Use Of Modified Siloxanes

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Siloxane-based additives are critical tools in coating applications because their structures can be varied to provide a broad range of performance benefits in many types of formulations and chemistries. Surfactants and defoamers are some of the more commonly recognized additive classes, but many other functionalities can be derived from siloxane chemistries, particularly attributes related to surface control such as flow...

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50 Shades of Fuchsia

50 Shades of Fuchsia
From flat to eggshell to semi-gloss, architectural paints have made incredible gains in ultra-low VOC paint performance, but achieving a smooth, hard, glossy finish without the help of solvent has been much more elusive across the color spectrum of deep tones. In these polymer-rich paint formulations, ultra-low VOC options typically employ a soft polymer or a hard polymer with a...

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