Decorative coatings

To create decorative metallic effects, both aluminium and gold bronze pigments are used in various degrees of fineness: the coarser the pigment, the more brilliant the metallic effect; the finer, the better the coating coverage.

Decorative coatings are mainly applied by brush, by immersion (e.g. candle dip coatings), sprays (aerosol coatings as well) and with other artistic methods.

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PP aluminium powders

PP aluminium powders are extremely brilliant, polished leafing pigments in the particle-size range of approximately 10-20 µm.

They are used for decorative and industrial coatings, as well as for the coloring of plastics. The relevant safety regulations must be adhered to when using aluminium powders.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
PP/770 20 100
PP/970 17 100
PP/1170 13 100
PP/1380 10 100

Alubright®

Non-leafing aluminium pastes, containing white spirit and aromatic solvents. An extra-coarse Silverdollar pigment in the range of approximately 24-75 µm (d50 value) for extremely brilliant, high-sparkle effects.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Alubright 3100 75 70 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics
Alubright 3200 56 70 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics
Alubright 3250 47 70 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics
Alubright 3400 34 70 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics
Alubright 3600 31 70 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics
Alubright 3700 29 70 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics
Alubright 3800 27 65 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics
Alubright 3900 24 65 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics

Alucar®

Non-leafing Cornflake aluminium pastes, containing white spirit and aromatic solvents, in the range of approximately 11-24 µm (d50 value), but with a narrower particle-size distribution than Alumet®. This produces a higher gloss effect, but at the cost of hiding power.

A good choice for low-cost metallic-effect applications.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Alucar 2600 24 65 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics
Alucar 2650 18 65 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics
Alucar 2900 11 65 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics

Alumet®

These white-spirit/aromatic-solvent-containing, standard non-leafing aluminium pastes, with a regulated particle-size distribution in the range of approximately 14-22 µm (d50-Wert), are used in high-grade industrial coatings, but also in low-cost automotive topcoats.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Alumet 1500 22 65 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics
Alumet 1700 18 65 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics
Alumet 1800 14 65 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics

Alushine®

Non-leafing aluminium pastes, containing white spirit and aromatic solvents. Moderately fine “Silverdollar pigments” in the range of approximately 8-24 µm.

The pigment’s morphology makes it possible to achieve considerably lighter, more brilliant and more metallic effects than with comparable fine, conventional Cornflake pigments

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Alushine 6200 24 70 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics
Alushine 6400 22 70 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics
Alushine 6600 XB 18 70 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics
Alushine 6900 16 70 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics
Alushine 7400 18 70 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics
Alushine 7600 14 70 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics

Alustar®

The pigment’s morphology makes it possible to achieve considerably lighter, more brilliant and more metallic effects than with comparable fine, conventional Cornflake pigments

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Alustar 8500 16 60 +/- 2 % white spirit / aromatics
Alustar 9400 18 65 white spirit / aromatics

Aquador®

The Aquador® gold-bronze pastes are stabilized, water-based pastes based on the Luminor®, Unicoat® and Multiprint® pigment ranges.

These pastes are successfully used for water-based industrial and decorative coatings as they are VOC free.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
Aquador 2250 35 70 +/- 2 %
Aquador 2550 35 70 +/- 2 %
Aquador 2580 20 70 +/- 2 %
Aquador 3050 11,5 70 +/- 2 %
Aquador 4350 6 70 +/- 2 %
Aquador 2350 16 70 +/- 2 %

Aquamet®

The Aquamet® product range includes water-based, non-leafing aluminium pastes based on Alumet®, Alucar®, Alubright® and Alushine®, i.e both Cornflake and Silverdollar qualities in a particle-size range of approximately 11-56 µm.

The Aquamet® NPW and Aquamet® WPO versions are stabilized using phosphororganic compounds and contain water as binding medium. The Aquamet® CP/BG pastes contain pigments with an inorganic coating and butyl glycol as water-miscible solvent. Aquamet® products are used in numerous water-based applications. The specific choice of product depends on the binder, substrate and the required film properties. Our application-technology experts will be pleased to help you select the optimal product for your application.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Aquamet NPW/1500 22 60 +/- 2 % water
Aquamet NPW/1700 18 60 +/- 2 % water
Aquamet NPW/2600 24 60 +/- 2 % water
Aquamet NPW/2900 11 60 +/- 2 % water
Aquamet NPW/3200 56 60 +/- 2 % water
Aquamet NPW/3400 34 60 +/- 2 % water

Aquasilber®

These are VOC free, stabilized leafing aluminium pastes, available in a particle size of approximately 10-20 µm.

They are used for all industrial, decorative and functional, water-based coating applications which require a high-grade, metallic chrome effect.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Aquasilber LPW/780 20 65 +/- 2 % water
Aquasilber LPW/980 17 65 +/- 2 % water
Aquasilber LPW/1180 13 65 +/- 2 % water
Aquasilber LPW/1380 10 65 +/- 2 % water
Aquasilber LPW/2140 13 65 +/- 2 % water

Constant®

The Constant® product group consists of gold-bronze and aluminium powders with an inorganic coating. Their resulting high thermal and chemical resistance makes them suitable for use in plastics (masterbatches), in particular, but also coating systems that are sensitive in their reactions.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
Constant 2210/N 45 100
Constant 2250/N 33 100
Constant 2280/N 28 100
Constant 4117/N 11 100

Decomet®

Decomet® is SCHLENK’s range of vacuum metallized pigments, in other words those aluminium pigments which are not produced using the classic grinding process, but rather by the removal of an aluminium film from a support upon which it had been deposited by a PVD process. This method gives the pigment particles an extremely smooth surface which reflects light.

Coatings containing this pigment have a glossy metallic appearance and, depending on the composition, are described as having a “chrome effect”, “platinum effect” or “stainless-steel effect”. VMP particles are much thinner than classic aluminium pigments and have better covering power, a fact which needs to be taken into consideration during formulation. Decomet® can be used in conventional, water-based and UV-curing coatings systems.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Decomet 1008/10 12 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 2008/10 12 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 2108/10 10 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 3008/10 11 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 3108/10 10 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 4008/10 11 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 2008 12/10 C0 12 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 2008 10/10 C0 10 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 2008 07/10 C0 07 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 3008 07/10 C0 07 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 4008 12/10 C0 12 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 4008 07/10 C0 7 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 2004 12/10 C0 12 10 ethyl acetate
Decomet 2004 10/10 C0 10 10 ethyl acetate
Decomet 2004 07/10 C0 7 10 ethyl acetate
Decomet 3004/10 12 10 ethyl acetate
Decomet 3104/10 10 10 ethyl acetate
Decomet 3004 07/10 C0 7 10 ethyl acetate
Decomet 4004 12/10 C0 12 10 ethyl acetate
Decomet 4004 07/10 C0 7 10 ethyl acetate
Decomet 0604 12/10 B0 12 10 ethyl acetate
Decomet 1004/10 12 10 ethyl acetate
Decomet 2004/10 12 10 ethyl acetate
Decomet 2104/10 10 10 ethyl acetate
Decomet 4004/10 12 10 ethyl acetate
Decomet 5004/10 12 10 ethyl acetate

Grandal®

Grandal® pigments are granulated, pellet-shaped, solvent-free, leafing and non-leafing aluminium pigments containing urea-aldehyde-resin binders.

They are easy to dose and, due to the pre-wetting with a universally compatible binder, are also very easy to disperse.

D 50 value [µm] Metal content [%] Solvent Application
Grandal 2600 24 approx. 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal 1700 18 approx. 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal 2900 11 approx. 95 urea-aldehyde resin

Luminor®

Luminor® is a relatively coarse gold-bronze group of products with a particle-size range of approximately 16-50 µm.

They are used in both brilliant industrial coatings and in decorative applications, as well as in the plastic industry. For sensitive coating systems, we recommend the use of Constant® qualities.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
Luminor 2210 50 100
Luminor 2250 35 100
Luminor 2550 35 100
Luminor 2280 20 100
Luminor 2580 20 100
Luminor 2350 16 100

Metaface®

Metaface® aluminium powders that provide high brilliance, good coverage and excellent printability. They are available as powders, water-based pastes or UV pastes.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
Metaface® 2140 13 100

Unicoat®

Medium-fine, gold-bronze products with a particle-size range of approximately 6-14 µm. They are used for industrial coatings, decorative-effects and plastic applications.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
Unicoat 3050 11,5 100
Unicoat 3220 10 100
Unicoat 3260 6 10

Zenexo®

Zenexo® UTP Colored Aluminium Effect Pigment in powder form. First available pigment with a D50 value of 21µm. Effect Pigments can be used in solvent, waterborne and UV coatings and printing ink systems. Zenexo® provides outstanding coloristic features, i.e. hiding power, color intensity, flop and gloss. Application areas: Powder Coatings, Industrial Coatings, Plastics and Screen Printing

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
Zenexo GoldenShine 21 YY 21 100

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