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This is also the right time to ask the Indian government to rethink the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damages Bill it wants to present in Parliament. The bill caps the operator’s liability at Rs 500 crore per incident, with additional damages of approximately Rs 2,300 crore to be made good by the government. This amount is even less than what was paid in the case of Bhopal, a ridiculously low amount; this amount is a joke when it comes to a nuclear accident.

EPA Marks World Environment Day
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is observing World Environment Day June 5. Launched in 1972, World Environment Day aims to stimulate worldwide awareness about the environment and is celebrated in 80 nations around the world.

“We have made tremendous progress since the first World Environment Day, but nearly 40 years later, people here at home and throughout the world are still worried about pollution and environmental degradation affecting their planet, their nations, and their own backyards,” said Michelle DePass, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs. “In light of the many shared challenges we face today, EPA is proud to be both a leader and partner of the international community.” <more>

Environment-Friendly Ink Market Poised For Growth
LEATHERHEAD, UK - The global market for environment-friendly (EF) inks was valued at nearly EUR 5.8 billion in 2009, according to a new study by Pira International. Experiencing good growth, the global EF inks market is projected to reach almost EUR 7.2 billion by 2014, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5 percent in the 2009-14 period.

Based on primary research and expert analysis, “The Future of Environment Friendly Inks – Market Forecasts to 2014” offers a detailed insight into the major trends affecting the environment-friendly ink market, breaking it down by printing process, end-use application and geographical region, with quantitative forecasts until 2014 (volume and value). The study also provides in-depth coverage of the key technology developments impacting the EF inks market and seeks to identify the emerging niche opportunities for EF ink and equipment suppliers. <more>

W.Va. SC stays with original opinion in DuPont case
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The West Virginia Supreme Court will not second-guess its stance on punitive damages in a once-$381 million case against DuPont.

The justices decided Wednesday to reject DuPont's petition for rehearing, which asked the court to further cut punitive damages in a lawsuit involving the alleged contamination of a Harrison County community.

The court had shaved a $196 million punitives award by 40 percent, but DuPont sought to increase that figure to 70 percent.<more>

Green paints is the future of the industry
Subir BoseIn 2005, Berger Paints repositioned itself on the lifestyle platform. It adopted a new branding strategy, positioned Lewis Berger as the master Subir Bose, Berger Paints India MD
brand and included the premium decorative range under it. The strategy seems to have done wonders for the brand. Today, the country's second-largest decorative paint player, which has a distribution network of 82 stock points and 12,000 plus retailers, has more than doubled its sales growth in the premium water-based paint segment. While SME segment constitutes 30% of the Rs 16,000-crore Indian paint industry, the rest is with the bigger brands such as Asian Paints, Berger Paints, Kansai Nerolac, ICI and Shalimar Paints.

Berger Paints India MD Subir Bose in an interaction with Writankar Mukherjee tells that green paint is the future of the industry and the company is looking at newer technologies to take on the market leader, Asian Paints. Mr Bose also added that the Indian market is moving from solvent-based paints to water-based ones, much like the West.  <more>

Going green and growing abroad
Paint leaders Nippon and Jotun investing more, using M’sia as springboard to tap potential in region.

THE pick-up in economic activities in the region has prompted at least two leading players in Malaysia’s paint industry to invest more as they seek to expand their presence beyond the local shores.

Nippon Paint (M) Sdn Bhd managing director Yaw Seng Heng says the company is looking at the central and west Asian markets.

We are making feasibility studies in these markets and I have been travelling to seek opportunities and assess these markets. Countries like Turkey and Iran are good potential paint markets. <more>

From waste product to raw material – manufacturing quality polymer materials based on CO2
Researchers from Bayer MaterialScience and Bayer Technology Services are working together with RWE Power AG and academic partner RWTH Aachen University on the sustainable use of carbon dioxide (CO2).

At the heart of what has been called the “Dream Production” project, sits the construction and commissioning of a pilot plant at Chempark Leverkusen. This is to be the location for the kilogram-scale production of polyether polycarbonate polyols (PPPs) that will be processed into polyurethanes and will involve the chemical bonding of CO2, which will be an integral raw material in this sustainable process. The key technology for this is catalysis <more>

DuPont Pays $59,000 Penalty for Mercury Discharges at Polymer Plant
Jun 18, 2010 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently settled with E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company for the discharge of pollutants in violation of the Clean Water Act at its polymer fiber manufacturing facility in Kinston, N.C. Under the terms of the consent agreement and final order, DuPont paid a civil penalty of $59,000.<more>

Before fatal leak, DuPont scrambled to fix phosgene problems
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the hours before a fatal Jan. 23 phosgene leak at the DuPont Co. plant in Belle, company officials were scrambling to fix problems with the phosgene tanks and hoses involved in the accident, according to a newly released DuPont investigation report.

The day before the leak, DuPont was having trouble with pressure from one of two phosgene cylinders that supplies the chemical building block to a pesticide production unit, according to the report. <more>






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Berger, Asian Paints lead the paints market (Nepal)
KATHMANDU: Berger and Asian Paints are the two most popular brands of paints in the domestic market.

Nepali customers’ preference lies with Nepali paints perhaps due to their cheaper price.

Pashupati Paints — a leading name in the paints industry in Nepal — has recently launched Nepolin Exterior Emulsion Paint, a value-for-money, quality exterior emulsion paint in the market. Pashupati Paints has been in the market for about 26 years now.

Weather Coat All Guard, a unique silicon enhanced formula from Berger Nepal, is an expensive paint, meant for protection against weather,” said, Rajesh Agrawal, proprietor of Nepal Paints Pvt Ltd.

Agrawal said the new product is applied over paint. The paint repels water and keeps the home looking fresh and new for years.<more>

Jotun Powder Coatings announces price increase in Europe, Middle East and Asia        
Hike driven by global inflation of raw materials prices

Jotun Powder Coatings, one of the world’s leading producers and suppliers of powder coatings, has announced that prices of all its powder coating products, which the company distributes to Europe, Middle East and Asia, will increase as a result of the global escalation of raw materials prices. The manufacturer further revealed that the increase will vary for each product depending on their technology base, but will affect all of its product categories – Epoxy based products; Polyester based products; Hybrid based products; and Polyurethane-based products, sold to the decorative and functional market segments.

In recent months Jotun Powder Coatings has seen an average raw material price increase of up to 25%. Steep increases have been registered in all main categories of raw materials, including polyester, polyurethane and epoxy resins, and titanium dioxide. In particular, the prices of the epoxy resins have recorded the highest rise. Jotun Powder Coatings, which remains committed to delivering quality products and value to its customers, notes that a price increase is inevitable given the rising cost and shortage of raw materials <more>

Asian Paints trains & accredits local painters
Asian Paints Lanka has launched a series of training programmes to upgrade and certify the skills of local painters, in an to promote professionalism among these artisans, the company said.

Besides covering the general principles of painting, the training programmes are also designed to train painters to work with Asian Paints Royale Play products, the company's unique special effects paint that enables users to create designs on interior walls, it said in a statement. <more>

Kansai Nerolac to invest Rs 400 crore to expand capacity
MUMBAI: Kansai Nerolac Paints (KNPL) plans to invest Rs 400 crore over the next two years to augment the production capacity of its Hosur plant by  20 per cent, a top company official said today.

The current capacity of the plant is around 15,000 tonnes.

"As part of the second phase of the project, we want to increase its capacity by 20 per cent in the next two years. For this, we plan to spend Rs 400 crore," Kansai Nerolac Paints Chairman J J Irani said at the annual general meeting of the company today. <more>

Berger Paints to build fully automated plant
According to Berger Paints India Ltd Managing Director Mr Subir Bose, the company is to start construction of its fully automated water-based paint factory at Hindupur, near Bangalore, by the end of the current year, targeting production by the middle of 2012.

The 1,50,000-tonne facility, to be spread over 60 acres, will cost Rs 130 crore, he said. The funding would be entirely from within, out of the amount (Rs 135 crore) accumulated last year by way of issuing warrants to its promoters, he said, adding that there were no immediate plans to raise money from the market.<more>

Paints may cost more from next month
KOLKATA: If you’re planning to give your room a fresh coat of paint, do so within the next fortnight. Or else, prepare to shell out more. Come July,
and paint companies may jack up prices to maintain margins.

With the price of titanium dioxide, a major raw material for paints, shooting up, paint companies are being forced to take a relook at their existing price format. Some like Berger Paints and Shalimar Paints have already decided to hike prices from next month. The price hike could be anything between 2% and 4%.

Asian titanium dioxide (TiO2) prices has increased from $2,410-2,550 per tonne in mid-February to $2,535-2,600 per tonne in mid-May on the back of tightening supplies in the region. According to producers, global TiO2 production has been lagging behind the rebound in demand for the material in recent months, creating supply tightness in Asia that could last well into next year. <more>

Kansai Paint Co.
Overseas development is a key element in Kansai Paint’s 13th medium term Business plan. The three year plan (2010-2012) targets consolidated sales of 265 bn yen in fiscal 2012, up from 222.4 bn yen in fiscal 2009; operating profit of 25 bn yen, up from 20.5 bn yen; and ordinary profit of 28 bn yen, up from 22,6 bn yen.
The company plans to expand in its existing sales territories like China and India and increase its profits there, while venturing into as yet untapped region like the Middle East and Africa, which are expected to be growth markets in the future. It also intends to rationalise its operations and lower its costs in each market to strengthen its competitiveness and add high-margin products to its portfolios to heighten its earning capability. As a result, it expects the Asian region, excluding Japan, to account for 39% of its overall sales in fiscal 2012, up from 31% in fiscal 2009, and 53% of its overall operating profit, up from 43% with the domestic market making up 56% of overall sales, down from 65% and 43% of overall profit, down from 53%.
The major facility investments to be carried out during the plan are 6bn yen in India to boost the monthly output capacity for automotive paints by 4,500 tons and another 6bn yen to raise that for automotive paints by 2,000 tons; 1 bn yen in China to nudge up monthly output capacity for automotive paints by 400 tons and 1 bn yen in Thailand to hike the monthly output capacity for resins by 500 tons.
(Source: Japan Chemical Web, 28 May 2010)

Paint your house green to cool global warming
Flower & Cake DeliveryDouble Bed Razai.80 ton ACChennai: Leading paint manufacturers in the country are going green by offering houses the much-needed comfort of coolness. As part of devising strategies to combat global warming, the companies have come out with a host of 'green' stuff that cool the interiors of houses built in hot tropical geography.

The companies vouch that these products not only reduces room temperature , but also has something to do with social cause. And for paint companies, the transformation from weather guard to heat guard products was a calculated move.

“There has always been a demand for such products which are not only functionally superior but also help in conserving the environment,” Ramakanth Akula, president, Nippon Paint told FE. The company has just introduced its Weatherbond Solareflect, the first of its kind offering consumers the promise of cooler interiors. The new product has opened the entry of Nippon Paint into the premium exterior emulsion category. The company, which claims that its sunblock technology with reduction of surface temperature by up to 5 degree celsious is something different from competitors. <more>

A fresh coat for dulux
Paints giant AkzoNobel hopes to strengthen its Dulux brand in India through innovations and by expanding reach and capacity. A new paint variant which brings down the temperature by 5 degrees is a case in point

A couple is busy trying out various contraptions to cool their house down, while a neighbour looks on. When asked what he does to keep his house cool, he mentions that his paint does it all. It makes the couple look silly, sweating it out with myriad ways when just painting the exterior of their house would have done.

AkzoNobel India, the advertiser, claims that the latest variant of its Dulux WeatherShield, called SunProtect, brings down the temperature of walls by 5 degrees by reflecting the infra-red rays of the sun. This, of course, does not mean that you could do away with your air-conditioners or coolers since there are other factors which go on to determine the temperature of the rooms. But this is a new USP that AkzoNobel wants to create for its brand. The timing, of course, is perfect. The summer is at its peak; large parts of the country have reported all-time high temperatures.

The more the temperature outside, the more marked the temperature control of the walls painted with Dulux WeatherShield SunProtect. But what will happen in winter? Will it bring down the mercury by 5 degrees when the nights are cold? The company says this property won’t be at work during winter, though the paint will retain other qualities such as waterproofing.<more>

AkzoNobel formally acquires Dow powder business
AkzoNobel has completed its acquisition of the Dow Chemical Company's powder coatings activities. The deal was first announced in November last year.
Originally purchased by the Dow Chemical Company in 2009 as part of its acquisition of Rohm and Haas Company, the business brings key technological know-how and significant synergy potential to AkzoNobel's own Powder Coatings activities. It will also enhance the company's position in the US.
"We are delighted to be able to begin the integration of Dow Powder Coatings into AkzoNobel," said Rob Molenaar, Managing Director of AkzoNobel Powder Coatings. "We are looking forward to working with our new colleagues and exploring the exciting opportunities this integration offers while ultimately delivering world class products and service to our customers."
The acquired business achieves global sales of several hundred million dollars and employs around 700 people, operating factories in the US, Europe and China.
As well as complementing AkzoNobel's position in key strategic markets - especially the US, automotive and trade coaters - the deal also introduces MDF and thermoplastic capabilities to AkzoNobel's existing expertise. <more>
(Source: AkzoNobel, 1 June 2010)

'We may look at acquisitions to grow industrial paints segment'
Hans Wijers, CEO of AkzoNobelThree years ago, Hans Wijers transformed Dutch firm Akzo Nobel from a mid-size drugmaker to the world’s largest paints company by acquiring UK’s ICI. The former civil servant, who dabbled as a business consultant before becoming the Dutch minister for economic affairs only to return to the corporate world and eventually became the CEO of Akzo Nobel, loves to ask questions. In an exclusive interview with ET , he says asking helps him build a logic as he prefers to ask how one is doing and what he is doing, rather than telling people what to do. But the task is cut out for the India team at Akzo Nobel with the top boss looking at more than fourfold jump in revenues to e1 billion by 2015. Excerpts:

Much before buying ICI you said a measure of great leadership is courage, citing example of IBM transforming from hardware to software firm. You did something similar, so was it planned years ahead?

Not exactly the timing and exact steps. But where we wanted to go, yes. It took me one year to think of the sequence of steps and then I followed that agenda.

How did you justify selling high-margin pharmaceutical business in favour of paints?

One of my teachers once said it is not good to be generally right, and you have to be specifically right. Pharmaceuticals is interesting but its high-risk and high-return business and needs scale. We had a nice business, but we were relatively small. We were already a big player in paints and I felt it was an underestimated sector with high-growth potential and if you become number one, you have a very attractive position. So, it was a counter intuitive move and we sold off pharma business and used that money to get ICI. Yes, the margin is not as high as pharma, but in 2009, despite the economic scenario, we still had a formidable margin. It’s a very attractive business and less cyclical than what people thought. The deal also gave us a great platform in all growth markets, including the BRIC. <more>

Distribution agreement with Perfo Chem (India) Pvt. Ltd - India opens its markets to Ferrinov, Canadian producer of innovative anticorrosion pigments
India has opened its markets to Ferrinov anticorrosion pigments, with the signing of an exclusive multi-year agreement with Perfo Chem (India) Pvt. Ltd., a member company of chemical solutions provider S. Amit & Co.

Ferrinov’s “major technological breakthrough” in its production of anticorrosion pigments continues to open new doors for the Canadian company, the company said in a statement.

The deal calls for the delivery of 600 tons of anticorrosion pigments for the industrial paint sector by the end of the first year of the contract—a quantity that will increase significantly each year, Ferrinov said <more>

$508M Rehab Job for B’klyn Bridge Begins
Vice President Joe Biden and Mayor Michael BloombergWider Cadman Plaza Exit Ramp Will Improve Traffic
BROOKLYN — Mayor Michael Bloomberg Wednesday joined Vice President Joe Biden to mark the start of work on the Brooklyn Bridge rehabilitation project — a $508 million project supported by $30 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Stimulus funds.

The project starts the four-year process to replace bridge decks on the ramp and approach structures, expand the numbers of lanes on ramps and repaint of all the bridge’s steel components.

The project will reconstruct the roadway surface over the bridge’s masonry arch blocks, install a waterproofing seal and a new drainage system on the bridge, and rehabilitate and seismically retrofit steel support structures.

The vehicle entrance ramp from the southbound FDR Drive and the Brooklyn-side exit ramp to Cadman Plaza will both be expanded from one to two lanes to improve traffic flow and reduce backups and illegal lane changing. The Cadman Plaza exit ramp, where most cars are heading to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, is known as a serious traffic bottleneck.<more>

Asian Paints plans setting up 400,000T manufacturing unit
Asian Paints Ltd said on Monday has signed an initial pact with state of Maharashtra to set up a 400,000-tonnes a year paint making plant with an investment of 7.35 billion rupees over a period of five years.

India's top paints maker will locate its new manufacturing plant - employing 200 workforce on completion - at Kesurdi in Satara district of Maharashtra and is expected to start part production from FY13, the company statement added.<more> <more>

Jotun secures contract to paint major part of 'King Abdullah Financial District' project in KSA
Kjell Gundersen, Managing Director, Jotun Saudia.Saudi Arabia: Wednesday, June 02 - 2010 at 11:50 PRESS RELEASE
Jotun Paints, one of the world's leading producers and suppliers of paints and coatings, announced that it has secured a massive contract to paint the major part of 'King Abdullah Financial District' (KAFD), a state-of-the-art and fully self contained centre for doing business and facilitating investment and enterprise currently under construction in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The high profile undertaking, which will involve paint work on 850,000 sq. metres-of the financial centre, is part of manufacturer's aggressive growth strategy in the region.

Envisioned as part of the Kingdom's overall economic diversification program, KAFD is being built by Hill International, with Omrania & Associates and Gensler & Associates acting as the project consultants, and will have a total built-up area of 1.6 million sq. metres. With aims to protect the structure from the elements and natural wear and tear, Jotun recommended its 'Fenomastic' range for the structure's interiors and 'Jotashield' for the exteriors, with solvent-free 'Jotafloor' coatings to be used for the floors. <more>

International Paint to open new Singapore Laboratory

International Paint’s on going programme of investment in R&D continues with the building of a new, worldwide product development laboratory in Singapore.

Planned to open early in 2010, the new laboratory will focus on the development of the next generation antifouling and foul release technology.<more>

Dwell Blurs Ad, Edit Lines for New Campaign
Magazines are getting more accommodating of advertisers that want their ads to run right through the editorial, space that’s traditionally been off-limits to promotional messages.

Last year, for example, Scholastic Parent & Child began running corner ads on its cover and allowed Campbell Soup to run an ad with a picture of a noodle intersecting an article.

Usually, it’s obvious such promotions are advertisements, but Dwell is going further in its June issue, with an ad composed of colored strips running throughout the 12-page feature well. The vertical bars appear to be an editorial design element but in fact are ads for Valspar, a paint company.

The strips are not labeled advertisement, however, and the advertiser’s name is only mentioned in tiny letters at the bottom of each strip.

It’s only at the end of the editorial section is the ad execution fully explained, in a 2-page spread that says Dwell chose colors from Valspar and integrated them into the pages of the issue.<more>

Paint advertising
Using Appeals to Emotions to Sell Paint
THE collapse of the housing market has hurt paint sales, with total revenue for exterior paint falling 12 percent from 2007 to 2009, according to a recent report by Mintel, a market research company. But interior paint has fared better, with sales slipping just 3 percent during the period, because of what Mintel calls “a silver lining” to the downturn: cocooning. As short-on-cash people spend more time at home, sprucing up the rumpus room with a fresh coat of semigloss apparently seems to be worth the expense and effort.

Now a new television commercial by the paint company Valspar is taking an unusual approach to selling interior paint: it never shows an interior, or consumers painting. The spot, by Euro RSCG Chicago, opens with a couple walking on white sand toward a white wall, which resembles a drive-in movie screen, as a voice-over begins, “To some, a wall is just a wall — a divider between here and there.” The couple begin to guide the wall through various spectacular landscapes, and the wall assumes the color of the backdrops, from the incandescent green of flora near a waterfall to the warm tan of a hayfield to the reddish brown of a mountain setting. <more>

PPG Architectural Coatings defends court action
PPG Architectural Coatings defends court actionPaint manufacturer PPG Architectural Coatings UK Limited has filed its defence in the court action brought against it by ICI regarding Johnstone's® "Best by Test" advertising campaign.

PPG Architectural Coatings launches counterclaim against ICI

PPG stands behind the claims made in its "Best by Test" campaign, which were based on independent testing of Johnstone's Trade paints against the equivalent Dulux Trade paints.

PPG has also launched a counterclaim against ICI challenging the claims made over many years by ICI in relation to the spread rates of Dulux Trade paints. PPG believes that the specified spread rates of certain Dulux Trade paints has consistently been overstated on its tins and believes it is in the interests of our customers, employees and shareholders to prove this in the courts. <more>

PPG Industries launches new auto paint tech
PPG Industries Inc., which makes paints and coatings, said Wednesday it launched a new waterborne paint technology in the U.S. that reduces the number of steps involved in the automotive paint process.

The company said the new B1:B2 paint technology, now in use at BMW AG's assembly plant in Spartanburg, S.C., eliminates several intermediate steps involved in traditional painting

Senior Executive Wulfsohn Leaves PPG for CEO Position
William A. Wulfsohn, who served previously as a senior vice president with PPG Industries, has been selected as the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Carpenter Technology Corporation, a developer, manufacturer and distributor of high performance specialty alloys. <more>

Former DuPont chemist pleads guilty to theft
A former DuPont chemist faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing trade secrets for his native China.
Federal authorities said Tuesday that 43-year-old Hong Meng waived an indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of theft of trade secrets. A federal judge scheduled a sentencing hearing for Sept. 14.

Authorities said Meng, whose work involved research on organic light emitting diodes, accepted a position at Peking University in China in 2009 without DuPont's knowledge. He then transferred information about Dupont's work with OLED displays to his Peking email account and his personal computer. <more>

Mold-Tek Packaging receives order from Berger Paints India
Mold-Tek Packaging Ltd has announced that the Company has received major orders from M/s. Berger Paints India Ltd. (second largest decorative paints Company in India) for supply of packaging pails. With this Company expects additional annual sales of around Rs. 25.00 crores from Berger Paints India Ltd.<more>

High-performance coating for solar mirrors
Bayer MaterialScience AG, Alanod Aluminium-Veredlung GmbH & Co. KG, its subsidiary Alanod-Solar and the DTNW (North-West German Textile Research Center) worked together in a consortium for several years to develop a special protective coating for aluminum mirrors used in solar thermal applications. Bayer MaterialScience has now sold its relevant patents and know-how to Alanod, because this special technology and the associated raw material developments no longer form part of its core business. Despite this, Bayer MaterialScience is still fully committed to innovative developments and new material concepts in the field of solar technology.

The sale gives Alanod exclusive use of the technology for this highly promising area of application. The parties agreed not to disclose the financial details of the transaction. <more>

Fire Burns Great Dane Powder Coating In Latrobe
Firefighters Called To Latrobe Derry Road
LATROBE, Pa. -- At least four fire companies were called to a fire at a business in Latrobe, Westmoreland County, on Wednesday morning.

The fire started at Great Dane Powder Coating in the 1600 block of Latrobe Derry Road.

The company is located between Latrobe and Derry.

Fire crews at the scene told Channel 4 Action News that it started in an oven, and one employee was burned on his hands when he tried to douse the flames.

"The employees stated they noticed a fire inside. They began to extinguish it with fire extinguishers. The fire subsequently exited the furnace and spread into the ceiling area," a firefighter told Channel 4 Action News.

There's no word yet on how much damage the fire caused.<more>




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"Ask Joe Powder"
"Ask Joe Powder" is a question and answer column authored by Kevin Biller of the Powder Coating Research Group. Mr. Biller has over 30 years experience formulating and manufacturing powder coatings. He welcomes your questions regarding powder coating technology. Please write to:

Kevin Biller
The Powder Coating Research Group
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Hi Joe,

I've being wondering for a long time and asking people w/o getting any answer. If there is any kind of High Temp Vinyl or decal like material that could be used with a vinyl cutter to make masking design and also hold the up to 400 deg curing cycle?

Best wishes,
Yabriel Avilés

Hi Yabriel,

I think I know what you’re looking for and to answer your question – yes masking decals exist. As a matter of fact they are quite common and readily available. However vinyl is not used because it will distort and degrade at typical powder bake conditions. Shercon ( makes a variety of masking products including plugs, caps and adhesive films. Echo Supply and EPSI also supply these products. They can be easily cut to provide a high quality mask that will survive typical powder coating baking conditions.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Best Regards,

Hey Joe,
We currently purchase a Prepainted white panel (liquid application) over galvanized steel and a galvanized posts that has a paint coat also. The paint coat on the post is a powder coat application of polyester and the liquid coat on the panels is a polyester. The problem is the surface energy on the posts seems to be significantly lower as we have decals that are lifting off the posts and not on the panels. Would this be considered an effect of the powder coat finish? Is there any way to correct this?
Whatever advice you can throw my way would be most appreciated,
Thank you,
Donald Hindman
Engineering Senior Manager R&D
Hyundai Translead

Dear Donald,

This is not an uncommon phenomenon. Some powder coatings have low surface energy while others have higher surface energy. The basic issue has to do with the additives contained in the formula. Some formulators like to incorporate waxes and even Teflon to increase scratch resistance. This unwitting formulating technique makes it nearly impossible for anything to adhere to the powder.

You have a couple avenues to consider in remediating this problem. Sometimes you can perform a rigorous surface cleaning using a solvent (acetone, lacquer thinner) which will make the powder coating surface more amenable to decal adhesion. You can also consider mechanical means of "cleaning" the surface such as light sanding. The best avenue is to get a different powder coating - one that has been formulated to provide good topcoat and decal adhesion. Your powder supplier should be able to test their product with your decals to verify this property.

Alternately I can make you a product and have it produced by one of my affiliates.

Let me know if this helps.

Best Regards,

Hello Joe,
Do you have experience on low bake PU using uretidione as hardener? What is really limitation? Thanks so much for your shared idea

Hello Supunnee,

I have had a lot of experience with uretdione chemistry. One of the biggest challenges has been getting adequate flow and leveling. In addition it has been difficult to develop low temperature cure. Evonik (Degussa) has made an attempt at overcoming these formulation obstacles with their Vestagon 9030 crosslinker and 8020 catalyst. Both materials appear to be experimental at this point in time. I would most certainly evaluate both materials for low temperature cure. I would look at 2 to 3 different hydroxyl polyesters of varying OH number to determine the effect on cure. I would also run a concentration ladder of the 8020 to determine its effect on gel time and cure response.

Best Regards,

Joe Powder

Hello Joe,

I am looking for some insight on some samples that we cured for a
potential customer.

We are trying to cure a clear coat epoxy. One process was curing with IR using quartz tubes at 70% power for 4 minutes. The second process was curing with IR for two minutes and then 10 minutes in a convection oven at 375 degrees F. The third process was curing fully in the
convection oven for 18 minutes at 375 degrees F. 
Here's the deal, all the IR cured samples cracked and the convection samples did not crack at all.

We are thinking that we just cured too fast with the IR and "burned" the powder.

We would greatly appreciate your thoughts and input.

Thanks Joe,

Mike Blumberg
INFRATROL Manufacturing Corp.

Hi Mike,
I'm traveling but will try to respond using this microscopic keyboard on my phone. Using IR for a clearcoat is tricky business. IR works best and most completely when the coating has pigment. With a clears here's what happens. The dry powder absorbs heat from the IR until it melts. It then becomes transparent and essentially stops absorbing much more heat. I think the IR cured sample is partially cured and hence the cracking. A good way to check is testing solvent resistance. Rub each sample with acetone, MEK or lacquer thinner. This will give you an idea of degree of cure. Let me know what you find.

Kind Regards,


(Follow-up response)

Hello Joe,

Thanks for the reply.

Really, it sounds like IR is not the best solution for curing clear coat. Do you agree with this?

Thanks again for the miniature typing effort!




Yes, IR is not the best solution for curing clear coats. Once the clear powder has melted the heat up rate slows significantly. The IR energy passes through the clear, reflects on the substrate and little IR is absorbed in the coating. If the substrate was a dark color it would absorb more IR and affect further energy absorption and hence cure. However clear coats are typically applied to bright metallic surfaces which reflect IR energy.

Best Regards,

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