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Have you ever wondered “What are the benefits of hard coated plastics?”.
Hard coatings are a specially formulated treatment designed to improve the performance of plastics. Generally used to offer greater abrasion resistance, it allows the material to be used in a wider variety of applications.
Almost all hard coatings offer heightened chemical resistance to protect the substrate from chemical attack.
These coatings can be applied via Spray, dip or a flow process. Usually applied in a liquid form and cured using heat or UV energy. Some hard coatings can have extra additives within the formula to give a more matte / textured finish, enabling the product to have Anti-Glare properties.
All Optiguard™ Hard surface coatings for plastics with exception to the automotive system use a UV curing solvent-based Polyacrylate (a blend of bi and tri-functional Acrylates) with a cured film thickness of 2 – 25 microns (dependant on format required).
Using very specific photo-initiators Optiguard™ Hard Coatings use the high-energy UV output to trigger the cross-linking process. It is with this high efficiency of cross-linking which imparts such high qualities of abrasion and chemical resistance along with excellent adhesion to many different substrates.
Optiguard™ coatings excel themselves in many demanding environments which is demonstrated by the impressive portfolio of end users which includes military, automotive, aerospace and marine applications.