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Homogenous Water-Based Paint Composition

Paint composition that combines the benefits of both oil and water-based paints using particles with switchable solubility

Background

Alkyd paints (also known as oil-based paints) use formulations of mineral spirits and petrochemical-based solvents as the carrier phase (as opposed to water in latex or acrylic paints). Once applied to a surface, the spirits/solvents evaporate and the paint particles, which are dissolved within the carrier phase, precipitate and form a uniform, hard and durable coating with few defects and minimal shrinkage. Unfortunately, these paints are associated with strong odours and issues related to flammability and inhalation/environmental hazards and so certain safety precautions and personal protective equipment are needed when using in industrial settings, which increases the cost of the coating process.

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