Dow Corning has introduced a silicon-based additive that is low in volatile organic compounds (VOC) and designed to enhance abrasion resistance, slip resistance, and leveling of paints, coatings, and inks without compromising aesthetics. The product, Dow Corning 55N Additive, has also been found to improve coating hardness and recoatability in certain waterborne coating applications, according to the Midland, Michigan-based company.
Paints, coatings, and inks with a high coefficient of friction (CoF) are susceptible to damage during application and throughout the life of the coated piece, the company said. The new additive was developed to reduce CoF and eliminate the poor recoatability, gloss reduction, and foaming problems commonly associated with CoF-reducing additives.
The additive is a reactive silicone glycol surfactant with carbinol functionality. Suitable for clear and pigmented products, the additive is designed to be compatible with a wide range of resins, including alkyds, acrylics, epoxies, and polyurethanes. It can be used in waterborne, solvent-borne, and UV-curable products applied to metal, wood, and plastic.
Dow Corning offers silicon-based additives, resins, and binders for the global coatings industry.
For details, go to dowcorning.com.