PHILADELPHIA – The Business Intelligence Group (BIG) recently named Dow Coating Materials a winner of its 2017 Innovation Awards for Dow’s Paraloid Edge Technology – which, when applied as a primer surfacer, can offer a dry-to-sand time in as few as 40 minutes.

When used as a clear or pigmented primer or as a topcoat for interior wood applications, such as cabinetry and furniture, potential benefits to the applicator include shorter dry time, less material waste, and faster property development, while being both isocyanate and formaldehyde-free, says Dow.

“Paraloid Edge stretches significant value across multiple industrial coatings applications, but specifically in wood applications where excellent scratch resistant, hardness, weatherability, and chemical resistance are critical,” said Dave Pierce, new business development, Dow Coating.

Paraloid Edge ISO-Free1 technology offers a solution to a common coatings challenge – minimizing the trade-off between performance and ease of use. Offering similar product characteristics expected from traditional 2K polyurethane (PU) systems, Paraloid Edge Technology goes a step further to expand the short window of workability to remain fluid longer, depending on conditions, without increasing dry time after application. 

Formaldehyde is currently a regulated raw material in the wood market, so having a coating that does not contain formaldehyde, is not only advantageous, but a requirement in some segments of the market, says the company.

The BIG Innovation Awards seek to recognize companies and technologies which bring new ideas to life, solve real problems and drive rapid progress across various industries. Paraloid Edge Technology was also named a 2016 R&D 100 Award Finalist.

Dow Coating Materials is the most innovative coatings raw material supplier in the world; driving fundamental shifts in the coatings industry and moving the market as the expert’s expert in coatings solutions. Through its mission of collaboration, inspiration, innovation and growth, the business provides material products, science, technology, and manufacturing solutions to the architectural and industrial coatings industry worldwide. Dow Coating Materials operates 43 manufacturing plants worldwide and 13 dedicated R&D facilities across all major geographic markets where Dow does business. More information can be found here.