Published On: Tue, Aug 9th, 2011

Bayer MaterialScience to introduce new developments in UV-curing coating at RadTech

Bayer MaterialScience announced in a press release that it will introduce new developments in UV-curing coatings with four presentations

and at an accompanying exhibition at RadTech Europe 2011 from October 18-20 in Basel, Switzerland.

UV-curing coatings are characterized by high productivity and environmental compatibility, and are effective in numerous applications for polyurethane coatings. This year Bayer MaterialScience’s focus is on the industrial coating of wood, furniture and parquet flooring. A new technology for the on-site use of parquet coatings is also being presented.

In recent years, waterborne UV-curing coatings have gained an increasing market share. Manufacturers of office furniture, for example, advertise the fact that such systems are used to coat their products in low-emissions, environmentally compatible process. Such requirements can be met particularly cost-effectively with coatings based on raw materials like Bayer MaterialScience’s Bayhydrol UV range, which cures in seconds under UV light, said the company.

One example is the solvent-free waterborne dispersion Bayhydrol UV XP 2775 for white-pigmented, UV-curing coatings and topcoats. The surface is characterized by chemical and stain resistance, even with a high pigment content, Bayer MaterialScience stated. Coatings formulated to contain this product also have good gloss and outstanding hardness, making them suitable for use in wood and furniture finishing for, say, kitchen cabinetry.

As said, Bayhydrol UV 2792 XP, a new UV-curing, cationic urethane acrylate emulsion, provides for fast drying and thus the efficient industrial base coating of furniture and parquet flooring. Primers formulated with this product offer good chemical and stain resistance in addition to high pendulum hardness. However, this cationic emulsion is characterized in particular by outstanding adhesion on problematic woods and the suppression of staining wood constituents such as tannins. The primers also accentuate the grain of the wood.

For the typical uses for parquet flooring, it is important that surface be extremely resistant to abrasion and chemicals. UV-curing clearcoats formulated with 100% solids systems from the Desmolux line or with waterborne coatings based on Bayhydrol UV satisfy these requirements. The rapid UV curing also ensures high speed and efficiency in the production of prefabricated parquet, according to press release.

In addition to industrial applications, it is also possible now to renovate floors on-site using portable devices to cure the newly applied coating. Thanks to the UV drying, the floor can be walked on again shortly after coating. Previously, waiting periods of one to three days were required before floors could be used.


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