Innovative New Coatings Use Waste Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to Combine Sustainability and Performance

Carbonamine – unique coatings made with new patented technology combining the durability of polyurea/polyaspartic with an ingredient made from waste carbon dioxide – is now available in a range of types.

•  New coating technology

•  Contains up to 18% waste CO2

•  Fast-curing even at low temperatures, several coats can be applied in a day or overnight

•  Cost-effective and solvent-free - virtually odorless

•  Range of products available for most applications

This novel technology allows the inclusion of up to 18% of waste carbon dioxide, reducing CO2 discharge to the atmosphere.

Products include concrete primers, hard wearing floor coatings, general purpose coatings for steel, non ferrous metals including aluminium, swimming pool and potable water coatings.

Carbonamine’s performance characteristics include excellent durability, flexibility and abrasion resistance. It can be applied to damp substrates, including concrete, wood and steel, without foaming.

The coating’s low-viscosity, solvent-free and virtually odorless formulation allows easy, comfortable application. In addition, Carbonamine is safe and non-flammable and only requires the use of minimal PPE during application.

Other features include outstanding adhesion to various substrates, from aluminium and steel to concrete. Carbonamine is rapid curing, and will cure at low temperatures down to minus 5ºC, so subsequent coats can be applied in just a few hours. An extended pot life means that some formulas achieve a pot life several times longer than their over-coating times.

Carbonamine has been developed by Richard Foster, the UK-based founder of Xymertec, a manufacturer of innovative resins and coating. Foster said: “It’s well known that alkylene carbonates will react with primary (reactive) amines, and they are used in fast-curing polyurea spray systems and several other similar applications.

“However, only small amounts of alkylene carbonates were previously used in polyaspartic coatings, as it was thought that they wouldn’t react into the resin matrix.

Additionally, my work on Carbonamine revealed that when a catalyst is used to cause the alkylene carbonate to react into the resin system far larger quantities can be used.”

Foster added: “While large percentages of alkylene carbonates are not usually used in resin systems, Carbonamine employs up to 30 per cent propylene carbonate because it is a readily available, inexpensive commodity product. Alkylene carbonates have a very low viscosity similar to water, meaning that solvents are usually unnecessary.”

Carbonamine coatings are available from Xymertec Limited.

Foster plans to make Carbonamine available under license to coatings manufacturers so that as many countries as possible can benefit from this sustainable coatings solution.

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