Dow Corning has introduced an innovative performance-enhancing additive that brings excellent abrasion resistance, leveling and slip to clear and pigmented paints, coatings and inks without generating excessive foam or compromising the gloss or clarity of the finished coating.
The new Dow Corning 55N Additive has also been found to improve coating hardness and recoatability in certain water-based coating applications.
Paints, coatings and inks with a high coefficient of friction (CoF) are susceptible to damage both during application and throughout the life of the coated piece. Dow Corning 55N Additive reduces CoF without the poor recoatability, gloss reduction and foaming problems commonly associated with CoF-reducing additives.
A reactive silicone glycol surfactant with carbinol functionality, Dow Corning 55N Additive is designed for use in paints, coatings and inks for wood, metal and plastic. It performs well in water-based, solvent-based and UV-curable systems and is compatible with a wide range of resins, including alkyd, acrylic, epoxy and polyurethane.
"With its environmentally acceptable solvent and multiple benefits for water-based systems, Dow Corning 55N Additive is an excellent choice for manufacturers who want to differentiate themselves in the marketplace by the performance, aesthetics and sustainability of their paints, coatings and inks," said Chris Wall, major market leader.
Dow Corning offers a comprehensive selection of innovative silicon-based additives, resins, and binders for the coatings industry. In addition to materials, the company provides supportive services and solutions tailored to the specific business needs of the global coatings industry.