High-performance chemical coatings help to reduce cost and waste while increasing efficiency. ReAgent manufactures bespoke chemical coatings for businesses worldwide and is accredited to a catalogue of ISO standards.
What are Chemical Coatings?
Chemical coatings are products that are applied to a substrate in order to change or enhance its properties. They are incredibly versatile and can be modified to achieve a range of results, including:
- Water repellency
- Flame retardancy
- Corrosion resistance
Chemical coatings can be used on a range of materials, including textiles, steel, glass, plastic, and wood. Their main purpose is to safeguard critical parts of a product and to improve the overall quality of a surface, whether it’s a piece of machinery, a chemical container or even a pair of shoes.
Types of Chemical Coatings
Many different chemical coatings are available for a variety of applications, including:
- Fabric coatings: Chemical coatings are used on fabrics to provide different characteristics. For example, ReAgent works with a blue chip automotive company to mix and supply the chemical coatings used in their specialised airbags. The coating is primarily used to keep the gases inside the airbag, ensuring that it stays inflated for the required period of time.
- Flame retardant coatings: In the textile industry especially, it is important for pieces of upholstery and other fabrics to be well-protected against fire. Chemical coating technology is able to provide that first line of defence with formulations that prevent textiles from burning.
- Polyurethane coatings: Polyurethane is a highly-resistant and flexible coating that is used in a variety of industrial coating systems. It appears as a liquid plastic coating that forms a paint-like film when dry. These coatings can be applied to a range of substrates, including steelwork, concrete, and wood. As polyurethane coating manufacturers, ReAgent can add additives to base polyurethane coatings to change characteristics to achieve the desired results.
- Glass coatings: Chemical coatings are also used to beautify and protect glass. Various types of polyurethane dispersions are used in glass coatings as they are scratch-resistant and shatter-resistant. Silicone-based coatings are ideal for glass containers like ampoules and vials, which ReAgent also supply. By coating these containers with non-stick silicone coatings it is possible to ensure that the whole dose can be administered without any of the product sticking to the inside of the container.
- Acrylic coatings: Acrylic surface coatings are predominantly used in architectural or decorative finishes to enhance the colour, texture and overall appearance of a surface. For example, ReAgent manufactures an acrylic coating for a company that specialises in paving products. The bespoke formulation of flexible polymers is used for decorative and protective reasons: it enhances the colour and texture of outdoor patios as well as improving their durability and protecting them against algae, weeds and oil stains. Acrylic coatings like these are excellent choices for a quick, convenient and professional finish on a variety of paving stones and other surfaces.
- Silver coatings: Silver coatings give a reflective surface to any material. The traditional method of making mirrors stems from the reaction between silver nitrate and a reducing agent, where two chemicals react together to deposit elemental silver on the given surface. This kind of coating gives a decorative finish to material like wood, metal, glass and even ceramics.
- Sol-Gel coatings: As partners of the SoftSlide Project, ReAgent is helping to formulate a unique sol-gel coating that is specifically designed for injection moulds in the dynamic seal industry. Sol-gel uses leading coating technology to enable the production of textured surfaces. The Sol-Gel coating can also extend the life of injection moulds by protecting against corrosion and wear. This type of coating will ultimately reduce manufacturing costs and increase efficiency.
As leading chemical coating manufacturers with almost 50 years of experience, we collaborate with a number of businesses worldwide to create high-quality, bespoke chemical coatings.
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Why Use Chemical Coatings?
The advantages of chemical coatings depend on what your business is trying to achieve. In general, chemical coatings mean less downtime, fewer changeovers, easier clean-up, reduced costs, and improved efficiency gains.
One of the major benefits of using a chemical coating is the protection they give to a substrate. This also ties in with how efficient they are. Without a chemical coating, even water can be damaging to certain products and equipment. Chemical coatings help to protect and preserve materials against external contaminants, extending the life of the material and thereby improving your overall efficiency as a business.
Why Choose ReAgent for Your Chemical Coating Needs
With almost 50 years of industry experience and access to a range of high-quality raw materials, we can blend, mix and manufacture a bespoke chemical coating formulation that is tailored to suit your exact needs, providing impeccable quality, performance, and accuracy. The service we provide is end-to-end, from pre-sales technical advice all the way through to supply chain management and after-sales support.
Whether you’re looking for a company that can blend, pack and distribute your coatings, work with you to change or modify an existing formulation, or create a bespoke formulation from scratch, ReAgent can help. We can even sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to ensure the protection of your product.
We carry out blending with a variety of different coating systems, including epoxy coatings and polyutherane dispersions. We can also add different chemicals to these systems in order to give them specific properties, whether that is flame-retardancy or coloured dyes.