Water-borne coatings based on synthetic polymer latex continue to be the preferred option for the coatings industry due to their inherently better environmental footprint compared to solventborne (SB) technologies and the wide range of properties achievable through emulsion polymerisation of vinyl monomers. Today, waterborne coatings have replaced SB coatings for the majority of architectural coatings applications and have made significant inroads into some categories of industrial coatings. Despite wide acceptance of water-borne coatings and decades of progress, the approach to designing new products is still labour intensive and revolves around iterative testing of product ...
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