UV curing for plastics has been widely used for decades due to the natural fit of this technology in this market. UV curing is a low temperature process so it can be easily used on heat sensitive plastic substrates. UV cure coatings have extremely high crosslink density so can result in a very hard, scratch resistant coating, providing protection to easily scratched plastic substrates from both abrasion and chemicals. UV is also instant cure, unlike conventional coatings that require low temperature curing for long periods of time to develop properties. The short open times also reduces defects from dust or other contamination.
Current examples of commercial coatings for plastics include metallization basecoats; hardcoats for a wide range of substrates and include automotive lighting, CD/DVDs, and cosmetic packaging; flexible films; PVC flooring; food packaging; cell phones; and medical devices. The types of plastics coated are as varied as the many types that are commercially available.
XCure™ 101- flexible basecoat or topcoat designed for non-rigid substrates. Excellent adhesion and flexibility, but still maintains good toughness. Can be used for a wide variety of plastic substrates like PET, PVC, polyolefins, and other flexible plastics.
XCure™ 102- very hard and abrasion resistant topcoat designed for rigid plastic substrates like polycarbonate, ABS, acrylic and other rigid plastics.
XCure™ 103- metallization basecoat designed for excellent adhesion to a wide range of different substrates.
XCure™ 104- UV curable soft feel formulation that can be supplied in a range of different tactile feel from a soft and rubbery feel to more of a smooth and slick feel.
In the event that our stock products do not meet your specific needs please visit our Custom Formulations page. These formulations can be modified in many ways, from viscosity to physical property modification to gloss level. Also, virtually any system can be pigmented to any color required.