CAMX 2020 exhibit preview: Keyland Polymer
Appears in Print as: 'Plasma treatment for material finishing'
Keyland Polymer is highlighting its plasma treatment process for preparation and cleaning of composite and plastic materials prior to finishing.
Source | Keyland Polymer
Manufacturer of UV cured powder coatings Keyland Polymer (Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.) is highlighting its plasma treatment process for preparation and cleaning of composite and plastic materials prior to finishing. According to the company, these materials are often difficult to finish due to their low surface energy, propensity for surface contamination, and heat sensitivity, but plasma treatment increases surface energy to improve the measure of adhesion and assure the effectiveness of an applied coating.
In addition, Keyland Polymer says its UV cured powder coating’s low curing temperatures will not degrade or deform the integrity of the substrate. UV curable powder is said to be 100% solid, solvent- and water-free, and durable, and has a high measure of adhesion when applied to a properly prepared and pretreated substrate.
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