UV Cured Coatings

Date posted: December 16, 2014

What is a UV Cured coating?

A UV Cured Coating is a liquid applied coating which cures instantly under Ultraviolet radiation.

Ultraviolet Radiation:

Technically Ultraviolet Radiation is defined as a electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength of less than 400 nanometers. Ultraviolet Radiation is a non-visible light, and industrial UV lamps are designed to emanate a “greenish” light, to alert the operator that the lamp is running.

The Curing Mechanism:

UV Cure coatings contain specialised resins and catalysts which react when exposed to UV light. This process is known as free radical polymerisation. UV Cure coatings are very challenging to formulate due to the complexities of the curing system, application requirements and substrate variations.

The Benefits:

UV Cure coatings can be formulated with zero VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which is of significant environmental benefit.

UV Cure coatings are ideally suited to industrial coating plants with limited storage space and large output requirements. Coated products can be palletized as they leave the coating line.

UV Curve Coating

A&I Coatings technical team , through many years of experience, has developed an excellent working relationship providing Ultra Violet Cured coating solutions to many manufacturers and expert UV Cure applicators with lines like the one pictured above. Below is a quick clip on the application of a UV Cure coating through a roller coating line, onto kitchen componentry.

Products:

Typical products that UV Cure coatings are applied to include Compressed Fibre Cement sheeting, timber flooring, panelling and lining boards.

Contact us for a recommended applicator for your product and we will be happy to work with both you and the applicator to ‘get it right’ for the market.