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Decorative Coatings

Performance above and below the surface

Decorative Coatings - Increasing hardness, pigment dispersion and open time

Colloidal silica enhances the performance of decorative coatings by delivering anti-soiling properties, improving hardness, enhancing pigment dispersion, and prolonging open time. As a result, decorative coatings look better, apply more easily and last longer.

With colloidal silica, the hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance of decorative coatings can be adjusted. In this way, the coating will shed dirt – naturally. The result is decorative coatings that look clean and fresh, and require less manual cleaning or recoating.

Colloidal silica also improves the hardness of decorative coatings – making them tougher and more durable. The result is decorative coatings that can resist bumps and knocks, which would damage other coating systems.

Finally, colloidal silica positively impacts the adhesive and hiding properties of decorative coatings, which delivers positive returns in terms of TiO2 pigment savings.

For more information:
We are here to help you to improve the efficiency of your decorative coatings. Please contact us for advice on which colloidal silica products are best for your applications.

See also:
Abrasion & Scratch resistance

Open time is the length of time paint remains “wet” or “open” to allow for brush-in and repair.