UV Cure Coatings Offer Performance, Economic
and Environmental Benefits in Many Applications
of the fastest growing segments in the paint and coatings industry
is ultraviolet (UV) processing to cure or dry a coating on wood,
metal or plastic products. Ultraviolet cure coating — also
known as UV cure coating — is increasingly used in place of
conventional high heat processing to produce coatings with improved
properties, cut the overall cost of coating operations (especially
the natural gas costs to bake cure) and reduce the environmental
impact of the coating.
In a UV cure coating process,
the ultraviolet light spectrum generated by a UV lamp interacts
with special coating chemistries (which Bayer MaterialScience supplies)
to produce a high-quality, durable coating. In many applications,
UV curing can achieve the coating faster, and therefore at a lower
total cost than many other coating processes.
Furthermore, UV cure coatings
are considered environmentally friendly because most of the solvents
that are necessary in other coating chemistries and processes are
not needed in UV cure coatings.
This powerful combination
of cost, quality and environmental benefits, as well as constant
refinement of the technologies behind UV cure, is helping UV cure
coating technology to expand into more market segments.
As one of the world's
leading suppliers of coatings raw materials, Bayer MaterialScience
has been a leader in developing specialized raw materials and new
technology breakthroughs for UV cure coating.
Bayer is a member of RadTech
International North America, the industry association
for developing and promoting UV cure and electron beam cure coating
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