Waterborne UV Curable Resins for Industrial Wood Applications

Laurie Morris, Alberdingk Boley, Inc.

Abstract:The use of waterborne (WB) UV chemistry is growing because the technology provides high performance capabilities while satisfying increasing environmental requirements. Kitchen cabinet and furniture manufacturers prefer these coatings because they have excellent chemical and mechanical properties, excellent application properties and very low VOCs. This paper will discuss information relating to features, performance and advantages of WB UV coatings as well as a description of the chemistries involved. The study compares the properties of WB UV coatings with those of more traditional technologies. Test methods and formulating concepts will be discussed.