By Cameron Chai
Eastman Chemical has announced the introduction of Optifilm additive OT1200 together with the low-VOC product, which is being showcased at the American Coatings SHOW 2012 in Indianapolis, from 8 to 10 May.
Optifilm additive OT1200 was initially launched at the 2011 European Coatings Show, held in Germany. The workability of wall paints and low-VOC trim will be enhanced by formulators with the help of this film. This additive will support architectural paint formulators to meet global demands in developing compliant solutions, by enhancing open time over a broad series of environmental application circumstances.
The company’s North America market development manager, Supria Suri stated that the paints available nowadays have less open time, when compared to the previously available paints. It was difficult to paint or fix easily over any flaws or damages. Clean-up process was also more difficult. Therefore, formulators use Eastman’s Optifilm OT1200 to develop a more workable paint, according to Supria.
Suri stated that the product testing was completed by the company with professional and do-it-yourself end-users. With the help of the testing results, painters will prefer for the paint that has OT1200, when compared to paints with no OT1200, because painters experienced the clear advantages that include final appearance and ease of application, Suri added.
Formulators use Optifilm OT1200 to decrease the content of VOC in wall paints and water-based trim. During the process, volatile glycols will be replaced while enhancing wet edge and open time without affecting the other properties of the paint.