Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Elastomers (CASE)

Zeochem's Purmol powders are excellent moisture scavengers for polyurethane coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers. Purmol adsorbents are synthetic zeolites in powder form with a complex alkali aluminosilicate structure. This structure is very open and contains pores of a regular and precisely defined size. This allows Zeochem Purmol powders to adsorb molecules selectively based on molecular size and polarity. In practice, Purmol powder adsorbs water, but not solvents, resins or pigments. Its powder form allows for easy incorporation.

The Purmol product line has a wide variety of uses. While many current applications are based on polyurethane and other plastics, Purmol powders can be used in numerous formulations where selective adsorption of small polar molecules is required within a liquid or solid medium. Its fine particle size ensures intimate mixing and excellent dispersion.

In each of the following applications, Purmol powder is a vital component of a top-quality formulation.

Applications

PUR (polyurethane) Components

Polyurethanes are formed by the reaction between isocyanates and polyols. Any trace amount of water will react with the isocyanate component to form CO2 gas (foaming). This reaction results in bubbling, which is undesirable in many coating applications. Purmol powder will adsorb water without interacting with solvents or other components, thus eliminating CO2 formation and resulting in a smooth final product surface.

One- and two-component (1K & 2K) polyurethane coatings, adhesives and sealants:

Used in numerous applications such as:

  • Construction coatings
    • Wood-flooring protective coatings and adhesive backings
    • Liquid-applied roofing
    • Self-leveling floor coating
    • Concrete re-surfacing
    • UV resistant coatings
    • Wood putty
    • Sports hall flooring
    • Industrial floors
    • Decorative floors
  • Underground cable protection
  • Truck bed liners
  • Transportation industry products
    • Railroad repair compound – re-spiking
    • High-quality traffic paint – neon paint
  • Artificial turf grass (adhesive)
  • Carpet tiles (adhesive)
  • Edge sealants
  • Pipeline coating
  • Industrial coatings
    • Cranes
    • Wind turbines
    • Marine containers
  • Boating/yachts
    • 2K polyurethane varnishes
    • 2K polyurethane enamel
    • 2K semi-flat polyurethane base coat
    • 2K high-gloss polyurethane top coat
    • 2K polyurethane primer
  • PUR/epoxy – resins for electrical insulation applications.
    • Casting (potting) compounds are easy-to-process liquid 2K polyurethane systems for the solid electrical insulation industry.

And many, many more. Contact us if you feel Purmol powders would be beneficial in your application formulation.

Metallic Pigment Coatings

Aluminum paints and zinc-rich primers are susceptible to moisture attraction along with any other pigments or fillers used. Purmol adsorbents act as a desiccant to help ensure formulation consistency performance for these applications.

Purmol adsorbent formulations are used in steel rust prevention on bridges and other essential steel structures.

Polysulfide and Silicone Systems

Used in many of the above applications listed in the “One- and two-component (1K & 2K) polyurethane coatings, adhesives and sealants” section but for the polysulfide and silicone system variants. These are used heavily in the construction industry as adhesives and sealants.

Foaming Reaction Control for Polyurethane Foam Manufacturers

Purmol powder is used in the polyurethane foams industry as a limited additive to help control CO2 gas formation. It can be used to reduce the amount of foaming for applications requiring a more controlled foaming reaction.

Purmol powder is used in both the rigid and flexible PU foam markets.

Elastomers

Purmol powders are used in the manufacture of various types of rubber compounds to control the presence of water during blending and curing.

They are used in the following elastomer applications and industries:

  • Insulated Glass (IG)
    • Found in flexible spacers for the IG industry as a desiccant-loaded elastomer between window panes to prevent condensation build up on the glass. This technology promotes a healthy (mold prevention) and energy-efficient (climate containment) living environment. This technology will also prolong the life of the windows and sealants, keeping them in place as moisture will not build-up on the windows or sealants.
  • EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) rubber roofing
  • Rubber running tracks – indoor and outdoor
  • Thermoset elastomers in the motor vehicle industry
  • Medical industry
    • Chemically resistant silicone molds
  • Consumer goods
    • Shoe soles
    • PU-based clothing and neoprene
  • Electrical industry
    • Elastomers can be used to cover wires and cables, providing both insulation and heat resistance.

And many, many more. Contact us if you feel Purmol powder would be beneficial in your application formulation.

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