Surface Coatings for plastics and mouldings

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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.

Surface Coating Data Sheets

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.

Optiguard™ Chemical & Abrasion Resistant Surface Coatings
Optiguard™ Surface Coatings for Plastics will dramatically reduce scratching when applied to acrylic or polycarbonate sheets or mouldings giving a surface hardness approaching that of glass together with superior resistance to chemical attack.
Optiguard™ Hygiene Surface Coating
Optiguard Hygiene™ antimicrobial technology is an incredibly effective way to stop the growth of harmful bacteria in places where good hygiene is critical. It's effective against a wide range of germs from food poisoning causing E.coli and Salmonella to antibiotic-resistant bacteria like MRSA and VRE.
Optiguard™ Anti-Fog Coating
Optiguard™ Anti-Fog is a clear, 100% solids liquid that will cure when exposed to radiant ultraviolet processing systems. Optiguard Anti-Fog is a primer-less, non-marring coating which eliminates fogging, misting or unwanted water droplets on the surface of polycarbonate and other plastic substrates.
Optiguard™ ESD Coatings
Clear Polycarbonate base material. Static dissipative (anti-static) coating applied to both sides. Clear abrasion resistant hard coating applied to both surfaces.
Optiguard™ Touch
High Performance hygiene coating that combines chemical & abrasion resistance, easy-to-clean, hydrophobic and anti-microbial properties all in ONE treatment - NEVER seen before technology
Optiguard™ Endurance
Optiguard™ Endurance is a new surface coating designed & developed by Panel Graphic for demanding external conditions! This new addition to the Optiguard™ range provides ALL elements.
Optiguard™ ITO Coating
ito15 is a highly conductive coated optically clear polyester film and can also be applied vacuum deposited directly to plastic. The combination of high visible light transmission, near-neutral colour and low electrical resistance make an ideal EMI/RFI shield for electronic displays, touch screen and membrane switch panels requiring moderate shielding effectiveness and high-quality optical properties. The thin film is ideal for easy integration into optical stacks and displays. These conductive coatings can also be used in conjunction with Anti-Reflection Coatings.

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