Additives for the Coatings Industry

BYK coatings additives improve product properties and eliminate or reduce problems occurring during formulating paint systems, thus optimizing production processes. BYK coatings additives help you meet the challenges typically appearing in paint formulations and offer customized solutions with regard to improved pigment wetting, defoaming, air release, substrate wetting or surface slip. Using BYK additives you will also meet the requirements for water and scratch resistance, increased adhesion to aged coating surfaces or UV protection, to name but a few.

Automotive Refinish Coatings

BYK offers additive solutions for aqueous and solvent-borne automotive refinish coatings, such as putty primers, monolayer topcoats, basecoats and clearcoat systems. Our various additive families offer solutions for improving surface properties such as gloss and leveling, support brilliance and color intensity, and help orientatation of)effect pigments to optimize the flop effect. BYK also offers suitable solutions to prevent foam and the associated defects. Sandability and polishability are also challenges which can be positively influenced by our additives.

Automotive OEM Coatings

BYK offers additive solutions for aqueous and solvent-borne automotive OEM coatings, such as cathodic electro deposition, primers, monolayer topcoats, basecoats and clearcoat systems. Our various additive families offer solutions for improving surface properties such as gloss and leveling, support brilliance and color intensity, and help orientatation of effect pigments to optimize the flop effect. BYK also offers suitable solutions to prevent foam and the associated defects.

Construction Chemicals

BYK offers environmentally friendly solutions for construction applications incl. cement-based systems, concrete formulations and admixtures. The innovative product portfolio contains different types of high-performance additives, particularly for cement-based applications such as dry mix mortars, concrete formulations and admixtures. Our rheology modifiers improve application and workability properties while our defoamers enhance de-aeration and prevent foam formation. The range of wetting and dispersing and surface additives finally provide pigment stabilization and leveling properties.

Can Coatings

High surface smoothness, very good scratch and abrasion resistance, absence of bubbles, good substrate adhesion and very good leveling are decisive characteristics for can coatings. BYK offers additives which are suitable for food contact applications according to certain regulations and can be used in solvent-borne, aqueous and radiation-cured can coating systems.

Coil Coatings

The high speeds of industrial band coating lines and the subsequent extreme deformation of the coated sheets demand coatings with very good color stability. They must also be free of foam, provide excellent leveling, adhere well and have surface characteristics such as smoothness, scratch and abrasion resistance, and also enhanced easy to clean properties. With BYK additives, these properties can be achieved in all coil coating application areas.

Floor Coatings

Once reserved for warehouses, multi-storey car parks and production sites, the use of liquid polymer coatings is gaining popularity in many commercial spaces, shopping centers and hospitals. Regulatory oversight has increased significantly at the same time. For this reason, the use of water-based and solvent-free systems is even more important. BYK additives for floor coatings simplify system handling and make it possible to obtain more reproducible results.

Wood & Furniture Coatings

BYK formulates premium additives distinctively for wood coating systems, offering high quality performance characteristics like: easy-to-clean, scratch-resistance, UV resistance, excellent surface leveling and, provide exceptional pigment stabilization within pigmented systems. 

General Industrial Coatings

Industrial coatings are used on plastic, metal, and mineral substrates. The application areas are versatile and so are the required additives. BYK additives provide solutions for pigment stabilization, defoaming, improved surface properties and rheology control in aqueous, solvent-borne and solvent-free formulations.

Architectural Coatings

The range of decorative coatings covers interior wall paints, decorative wood and metal coatings as well as external coatings for facades and road marking paints. In addition, pigment concentrates for tinting systems (both point-of-sales and in-plant tinting) are an essential part of the range of applications and related binder systems. From clear coats to highly filled paints, BYK offers special additives that comply with legal requirements for both aqueous and solvent-borne systems. There is an extensive additive portfolio for decorative and architectural coatings. Wetting and dispersing agents are just as important as defoamers, rheological and surface additives.

Powder Coatings

Powder coatings are one of the most environmentally friendly coating systems. They are 100% solid and they contain no harmful VOC´s. BYK offers a wide range of additives for powder coatings that improve leveling, prevent craters and enhance degassing and pigment wetting. A special range of additives is used to improve processing conditions and other types provide structured or textured surfaces. BYK also provides the right additives for clear powder coatings as well as UV powders.

Marine and Protective Coatings

BYK offers special rheology additives for marine, protective and intumescent coatings. Especially to provide extraordinary film  thicknesses against aggressive environments to avoid negative effects on the long term performance, or to improve the fire resistance, is the focus in this end use, besides many other demands. Whether it be the primer, filler, or top coat, BYK offers a wide range of special selected additives to assist formulators in developing high performance marine / protective and intumescent coating systems.