Dow Introduces MAINCOTE IC Acrylic Resins at 2014 American Coatings Show

Unintended heat transfer from industrial infrastructure is an ongoing challenge to worker safety, equipment maintenance and energy efficiency. With the introduction of MAINCOTE™ IC Acrylic Resins at the 2014 American Coatings Show, Dow is helping to create a new category of liquid insulation coating that provides a solution to this challenge, offering low thermal conductivity in an easy spray application.

“We want to provide paint formulators with a product that will help their industrial customers reduce costs and facilitate worker safety,” said Mary Rose Correa, North America industrial coatings field marketing manager, Dow Coating Materials. “Waterborne thermal insulation coating formulations containing MAINCOTE IC Acrylic Resins not only have safe touch properties at elevated temperatures, but also maintain target temperatures with notably lower energy usage versus without a coating.”

Traditional insulation materials, such as fiberglass, polyurethane foam and other materials can be used to reduce heat transfer and energy loss, but can be expensive and hard to apply over complex geometries, such as valves and levers. These materials only mask the problem of corrosion under insulation (CUI), instead of solving it, potentially leading to costly maintenance and repairs.

Thermal insulation coatings formulated with MAINCOTE IC Acrylic Resins offer a solution to unintended heat loss and CUI. The resins are designed for use with low thermal conductivity fillers, and coatings formulated with them can replace the thick mechanical insulation that can mask CUI. Fiberglass and other industrial insulation materials typically require a separate moisture barrier or jacketing to keep out water to prevent corrosion issues.

“MAINCOTE IC Acrylic Resins facilitate replacement of the thick jackets of insulation with thinner, liquid-applied acrylic coatings,” said Leo Procopio, technical service group leader, Dow Coating Materials. “The acrylic backbone offers water barrier protection and thinner film coating facilitates improved detection of corrosion, because it is easier to inspect the metal surfaces.”

Thermal insulation coatings that have been formulated with MAINCOTE IC Acrylic Resins also have the benefit of sprayability. These coatings may be applied with commonly used airless spray equipment, and are particularly beneficial where complex geometries require safe-touch coating applications. Coatings based on MAINCOTE IC Acrylic Resins, and applied at the proper film thickness, have the ability to decrease surface temperature even when the substrate is at a higher temperature, offering safe-touch properties.

For more information visit www.dow.com/coatingmaterials.

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