New Silicone Slip and Leveling Agents for Wood, Furniture and Plastic Coatings

Formulators of solventborne, waterborne and UV coatings can now achieve excellent slip and hand feel performance without causing unwanted foam stabilization or decreasing recoatability thanks to a new family of Dow Corning brand slip and leveling agents that are effective on wood, furniture and plastics.

Dow Corning 205SL Additive, Dow Corning 204SL Additive, Dow Corning 401LS Additive and Dow Corning 402LS Additive are multipurpose additives that provide a range of solubilities and other characteristics at low addition levels and enable formulators to develop tailored solutions for optimized performance in multiple resin systems and applications.

Dow Corning 205SL Additive gives excellent hand feel and also functions as an antifoam, while Dow Corning 204SL Additive provides the product family's best-in-class slip performance in radiation curable coatings and allows for low VOC levels and formulation flexibility. Dow Corning 401LS Additive offers improved slip performance and good wetting and leveling properties without affecting coating clarity in solventborne formulations. In addition, Dow Corning 402LS Additive is an easy-to-use, high performance silicone polyether additive that gives good flow, leveling and slip in waterborne and radiation curable formulations.

"With this new family of slip and leveling agents, we are offering formulators the ability to either significantly differentiate their formulations in the hands of the end customer or simply to optimize their current formulations ," said Chris Wall, Dow Corning global market manager of Coatings & Composites industry. "Furthermore, these new silicone materials are compliant with European legislation for indirect food contact (Swiss Ordinance RS 817.023.21 Annex 6, Part B)."

About Dow Corning

Dow Corning provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services through the Dow Corning and XIAMETER brands. Dow Corning is a joint venture equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning's annual sales are outside the United States.

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