Resins for Improved Coatings for LVT

Jonathan Shaw, Allnex

Abstract:Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) continues to be a fast growing segment of the flooring market, primarily due to its combination of aesthetics (realistic depictions of hardwoods and stone), enhanced durability, low maintenance and affordability. The UV curable topcoat is responsible for the durability and maintenance qualities. This paper will describe the effect of resin selection, photoinitiator choice, matting agents and cure conditions on performance of LVT coatings, including stain resistance, scratch resistance, curl, and gloss.