Make use of the many benefits of nano coating
From food processing to the automotive industry and from clothing industry to interior design: nano coatings are useful in almost every branch. Not only does nano coating seal car paint but also makes skyscraper windows self-cleaning. This article will provide you with deeper insights into the many opportunities nano coatings offer. Here you will also learn whether nano coating is something for your project, and how to choose the coating with the right properties.
Determine the best nano coating for your project in 3 steps
When choosing a nano coating for your project, you should keep in mind the purpose and material of the substrate: wood, glass, concrete and metal all require different products. For example, you should apply a ceramic coating on car paint, and a water repelling, self cleaning nano coating for windows.
To provide you with an initial idea of whether your project would benefit from nano coatings, we will give you 4 examples of beneficial properties nano coating brings along. Nano coating:
- Protects from short-circuits: Ideal for electronic uses and electrical systems in humid environments such as Singapore
- Reduces maintenance costs: Grease and dirt slides off windows and solar panels. Cleaning becomes safe and cost efficient.
- Slows down deterioration: Durable protection for sensitive and porous surfaces such as concrete bridges and monuments.
- Contributes to safety: Dangerous fungi and bacteria cannot attach to the surface.
These characteristics are made possible with nanotechnology which refers to surface technology with tiny nano particles. Unlike conventional coatings, nano coating becomes one with the substrate instead of forming a layer on it. Due to the integrity, liquids can no longer penetrate the surface, and dirt, grease and fungi do not stick to it.
Here we will bring you closer to the most suitable nano coating through the following 3 steps.
Step 1: Define the expectations – The wished effect
Essentially, the main types of effects nano coatings can have, depending on the chemical composition and ingredients, are hydrophobic, hydrophilic, oleophobic and nano coatings based on glass or ceramics. Therefore, it is crucial to first determine, what you expect from the coating.
1. Self cleaning
Suitable coating: Hydrophilic coating
What it is: This nano coating is based on titanium dioxide (TiN) and it is suitable especially for smooth surfaces. Titanium dioxide breaks almost any organic bond in UV light. It does not repel water, but attracts it instead; creating a thin, tiny water filter which creates a self-cleaning effect. The coating is extremely hygienic; you will literally see water and dirts slide off the surface. The hydrophilic coatings keep windows and solar panels clean, which reduces maintenance costs and remarkably increases efficiency.
Examples of applications: Skyscraper windows, medical instrument, solar panels and greenhouses.
2. Oil and water repellent
Suitable coating: Hydrophobic and oleophobic
What it is: Hydrophobic and oleophobic literally mean afraid of water and afraid of oil. The effective ingredient in these coatings is silicium dioxide which prevents water and contamination from adhering to the surface. These coatings also combat corrosion on steel structures and surfaces. This type of nano coating is available for nearly any surface: in Singapore the most common applications take place on bathroom floors and walls with a nanotechnology waterproof protection spray.
Examples of applications: Car windows, walls and floors in the food processing industry, eyeglasses, sanitary facilities, textile, plastic, exterior furniture, electronics etc.
3. Impact resistant
Suitable coating: Glass- or ceramic coating
What it is: Like hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings, also ceramic and glass coatings are based on silicium dioxide; only the dosis is higher. This makes the nano coating extremely hard, almost insoluble and resistant to a wide range of chemicals. The extreme hardness of the coating, makes it also somewhat resistant to impact and scratches. Therefore, it is one of the most popular nano coatings in the automotive industry and refinishes sectors.
Examples of applications: Car paint, statues, machines, as a topcoat on floors and walls.
Step 2: Choose the product – Consider substrate
Even though nano coatings are suitable for almost any substrate, not every coating adheres to all substrates; the highest quality nano coatings are usually not ,ulti surface solutions. The optimal adherence is created by adding ingredients that support adhering to the wished material such as smooth metal or porous concrete. Therefore, the products are also often named according to the substrate they are suitable for: for example Nano Concrete, Nano Plastic and so on.
It is thus crucial to choose for the product that is especially developed for the surface you want to coat. If you anyway choose for a product that is made for a different substrate, the coating may not adhere and the effect may not be as wished.
Step 3: Buy nano coating – Professional products
Once you know which type of nano coating you need, it is time to purchase the coating. To make the job little easier for you, we have compiled a short overview of nano coatings available in Singapore accompanied by nano coating price indications.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in the following products, or if you are looking for a tailored nano coating solution.
|Nano coating||Coating type||Nano coating Price (RRP)||Theoretical coverage|
|Chemona Multi Nano Coat||Hydrophobic & oleophobic: for steel, aluminium, polyester, plastics, polymers and rubber.||$1,270.80 (5 L)||250 ml per 10 m² (2 layers on porous substrates)|
|Chemona Glass Coat||Hydrophilic: for glass (such as windows)||$3,896.50 (5 L)||50 ml per 20 m² (sufficient coverage with 1 layer)|
|Nasiol Glasshield Rain Repellent||Hydrophobic & oleophobic: for windows and other glass surfaces||$59.90 (50 ml)||5- 7 m² per litre|
|Nasiol Home Tex Textile and Fabric Nano Protection||Hydrophobic & oleophobic: for textile, leather and fabric||$69.90 (500 ml)||6 m² per litre|
5 facts to keep in mind when considering nano coating
Although nano coatings are known for their many benefits, they also have a less beneficial side: take into account that nano coatings are not always the right solution. You should consider at least the following 5 things before deciding on going for nano coatings.
- Limited durability: nano coatings are not for ever. Some products may wear fast and need another layer shortly after the first.
- Substrate type: every substrate requires a different nano coating.
- Product names: the names given to the products may be confusing; ceramic and glass coating are names of nanocoatings.
- Easy to clean: nano coating are however, not resistant to harsh cleaning chemicals and microfibre cloths.
- Contaminants: the coatings are not suitable for old, contaminated substrates. The substrate must be absolutely clean.
Are you convinced that nano coatings are not suitable for your project? We are familiar with all the alternatives. We are happy to help answer any questions you might have about (nano) coatings. Additionally, we have an extensive network of coating experts whose expertise is at your disposal. Do not hesitate to contact us for tailored advice.
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Let’s assume you are curious about using nano coatings in car manufacture. Or you want to protect electronic devices from short-circuits. Or maybe something completely different. We at Coatings.com.sg are happy to offer our services to help you find the right nano coating. In cooperation with our coating partners, we can also draw up a competitive proposal for applying nano coatings.
Medical & environmental innovations led by nano coatings
Nanotechnology forms the bases for many innovative coating experiments and prototypes. For example use of nanocoating as antimicrobial floor and wall coatings. Next to that, medical equipment and implants can be nano coated to make them safer. The latest developments research regarding antibacterial nano coating in Singapore is discovering the possibility to create a coating resembling the texture of dragonfly wings.
Nano coatings also contribute to improved and cleaner environment; they are used as anti graffiti coatings which make removing graffiti easy, and as anti urine paint which prevents the fluid from adhering to the surface improving general ambience.