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First in Innovation and Solutions

Dow Coating Materials introduced the industry’s first all-acrylic binder for latex paint in 1953. We’ve been pushing the performance boundaries of waterborne paints and coatings ever since, with continuous advances in polymer morphology that help improve film formation, flow and leveling, adhesion, durability, gloss, color retention and more.

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We have a long history of innovation that has produced many milestones in the paint and coatings industry, including:

Frequencies: The Intersection of Science and Art

Courageous collaborations can revitalize communities and inspire generations. Through a year-long partnership with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, The Franklin Institute, The Lenfest Center and the Hunting Park community, we combined our 60 years of coatings expertise with the creative spirit of students to develop a mural called Frequencies. The painting process, led by artist Ben Volta, gave kids the opportunity to explore the intersection between art and science. Located on Nicholas Scrap Metal in Hunting Park, the mural is now a symbol of positive change for the neighborhood.

Exposure Testing
Across Five Continents

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Exposure Testing
Across Five Continents

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Each year, we track exterior paint performance on more than 40,000 test panels and generate more than 3 million ratings. We register each paint’s performance in painstaking detail. That enables us to understand, from experience, what really makes high-quality paint.

The Dow Exposure Station in Spring House, PA, USA, allows scientists to evaluate more than 120,000 paints on 30,000 outdoor panels.

Not all acrylic latex paints are created equal. In recent years, some manufacturers of solventborne alkyds and waterborne binder chemistries such as PVA claim their products deliver the same level of exterior performance as waterborne acrylics. These pictures of paint panels on test fences at our Exposure Station in Spring House, PA, tell another story.

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Why acrylics endure. The upper-left and lower-left panels were painted with solventborne alkyds, while the upper-right panel is PVA. All three paint panels have disintegrated. The lower-right panel is an all-acrylic paint, which remains in remarkably good shape after 46 years.

Our Research Drives Innovation and Development

Dow Coating Materials research has been advancing the performance of paints and coatings for more than 60 years. We continue to accelerate the pace of innovation, thanks to industry-leading scientists and experts, real-world exposure testing across the globe, and high-throughput tools and methodology. Our commitment to R&D shows year after year in each new solution.

Exposure Testing
Across Five Continents

The Dow Exposure Station in Spring House, PA, USA, allows scientists to evaluate more than 120,000 paints on 30,000 outdoor panels.
Exposure Testing
Across Five Continents

Each year, we track exterior paint performance on more than 40,000 test panels and generate more than 3 million ratings. We register each paint’s performance in painstaking detail. That enables us to understand, from experience, what really makes high-quality paint.

Acrylic: Pictures
Tell the Story

Why acrylics endure. The upper-left and lower-left panels were painted with solventborne alkyds, while the upper-right panel is PVA. All three paint panels have disintegrated. The lower-right panel is an all-acrylic paint, which remains in remarkably good shape after 46 years.
Acrylic: Pictures
Tell the Story

Not all acrylic latex paints are created equal. In recent years, some manufacturers of solventborne alkyds and waterborne binder chemistries such as PVA claim their products deliver the same level of exterior performance as waterborne acrylics. These pictures of paint panels on test fences at our Exposure Station in Spring House, PA, tell another story.

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EVOQUE™ Pre-Composite Polymer is a completely new class of material that helps improve film performance while lowering levels of titanium dioxide, an energy-intensive raw material with a notable impact on the cost and carbon footprint of paint.

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Formulators may elect to maintain the hiding performance of their original paint formulation while reducing titanium dioxide by 10%–20%, using EVOQUE™ Pre-Composite Polymer.

AVANSE™ 200 Acrylic Resin is a next-generation waterborne technology that’s getting tougher on metal, with notable improvements in corrosion resistance, durability, hardness, adhesion and water resistance.

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AVANSE™ 200 Acrylic Resin is low-VOC capable for corrosion-resistant primers, durable topcoats and high-gloss DTMs.

Full-Spectrum Sustainability

Dow is collaborating with customers and using Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) to guide the way toward more sustainable paints and coatings. LCAs examine the ingredients that go into paint as well as the performance that comes out of paint. It’s a combination that’s helping to drive coatings that have a smaller impact on our environment and a greater impact on our daily lives.

Reducing TiO₂

Formulators may elect to maintain the hiding performance of their original paint formulation while reducing titanium dioxide by 10%–20%, using EVOQUE™ Pre-Composite Polymer.

AVANSE™ 200 Acrylic Resin

AVANSE™ 200 Acrylic Resin is low-VOC capable for corrosion-resistant primers, durable topcoats and high-gloss DTMs.
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Our Experts Can Help Your Experts

Dow Coating Materials scientists and experts help lead the industry, collaborating with your industry experts, driving real-world innovation and generating breakthroughs year after year.

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