A very large proportion of the articles, structures and manufactured goods that we meet in our daily life are coated. Polyurethanes are present in most of the high quality, long lasting coatings used in a wide number of applications such as:
- Automotive Coatings, applied both as original equipment (OEM) and in car repair.Transportation applications such as aerospace, railway equipment, trucks and buses.
- Agricultural, construction and earth moving machinery.
- Plastic articles and components: bumpers, wheel covers, rear mirrors, door handles as well as phones, computers, skis, hifi equipment, kitchen ware.
- Wood Coatings: parquet flooring, heavy duty and high quality furniture for kitchen, school, counters.
- Maintenance & Protection Coatings: heavy industry anticorrosion (metallic structures), high performance decorative finishes.
- Marine: superstructure, topsides and decks of ships and yachts.
- Coil & Can Coatings: buildings (cladding and roofing), appliances, transport, packaging.
- General Industry: motorcycles, bicycles, metal office furniture.
The main benefits given by aliphatic isocyanates based polyurethane coatings are:
- UV and weathering resistance: exceptional gloss retention and non-yellowing, even after a very long exposure time;
- excellent balance between hardness and flexibility: this property is especially of interest to achieve stone-chip resistance required in Automotive coatings or extreme flexibility necessary in Coil applications where coated steel is embossed to obtain complex shapes;
- outstanding chemical resistance, particularly important in coatings for aircraft where very aggressive hydraulic fluid is used
Therefore, polyurethane-based coatings are used to answer to the highest requirements in terms of chemical and technical performance.