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Ever since the dawn of mankind, we have used paints to decorate our surroundings. Painting colorful facades or surrounding ourselves with art is still a desire for many – and sometimes the selection of paint lasts longer than that of the automobile. Colors indicate hazards, or signal warmth and a joy of life – even brochures would only be half as interesting in black and white. And of course, paints and varnishes fulfill important technical functions: They protect investments against corrosion and rot, help soft plastic surfaces gain the necessary hardness, bring dull materials to a shine, or provide exciting products with unusual soft-touch haptics.

There is hard work behind high-tech coatings. Incorrectly chosen pigments may fade. The substrate must always be taken into account because, for example alkaline concrete is an unsuitable substrate for many pigments. When a base such as lime plaster is to be colorized, many raw materials simply won't do. Products for outdoor use must be light- and weatherproof. In part, surfaces must combine contradictory characteristics:

  • be flexible, without being brittle
  • be decorative, without sacrificing functional effect
  • be durable, both during storage and after processing, yet still comply with various guidelines, and meet standards for desired labels.
Depending on the type of processing and the processing site, the coating systems' viscosities, flow properties, film forming and drying temperatures, dry and open times must be adjusted to acheive the desired processing characteristics. Decisions must be repeatedly made on whether to use organic or inorganic pigments, or when pigment preparations are a better choice than dyes. Accordingly, there is the challenge of optimally equipping the respective system with the necessary binders, wetting agents and dispersants, light stabilizers and other additives.

Coating developers, as well as paint and plaster professionals need a broad selection of coordinated materials in order to provide their customers with optimal products. Binders, resins, surfactants, surface additives, wetting and dispersing agents, emulsifiers, preservatives, corrosion inhibitors, waxes, titanium dioxide pigments, organic and inorganic pigments, pigment preparations and dyes are an excerpt from the wide range of raw materials that TER Chemicals has in store for the paint industry: Paint, plaster, epoxy, polyurethane and powder coatings, water-based paints, wood coatings and protection, rust, oil paint and much more - but always with quality components from TER Chemicals: Together, let's make the world a bit more colorful!