Technical Data Sheets - How Important Are They?

This month’s Technical Hot Spot focuses on the technical data sheet.  Our Technical Hot Spots are an ongoing series of short videos highlighting new product launches and featured products, giving technical advice to everyone.

The aim of our videos is to give all the relevant information on products in an easily accessible format showing how the products are mixed and used along with additional pertinent information.

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Continuous research and development is leading to coatings becoming more technologically advanced highlighting the importance of the technical data sheet for the modern Paintshop.

The technical data sheet will show all important information relevant to the coating such as areas of use, mixing instructions, viscosity, solid content, application quantity, drying and packing conditions plus much more and we will deal with some of these in this video.

To ensure that you get the best performance from your coating it is important that it is mixed accurately as described on the technical data sheet. Follow the instructions and ensure that your mixing vessel has easy to read graduations and of course ensure the mixture is thoroughly stirred.

To assist in getting the best finish possible it is always advisable to filter the coating prior to application or ensure that the filters in your application equipment are clean prior to using the coating.

The temperature of the coating has a significant effect on its viscosity and therefore its ability to perform as desired, this can be easily checked prior to mixing or application with an infra-red thermometer. It is always good working practice to acclimatise the coating to your working environment prior to use, in particular if your paint store is external to your factory.

If your coating is pigmented ensure that you have checked the colour prior to application. The use of a spray out colour check card ensures coverage, a colour record and can also be stored with your documentation for the project for future reference.

Check the application quantity required for your coating, this can be measured in grams per square metre or wet film thickness in microns, both can be easily monitored by using a control panel sprayed at the same point as the job.

Once you have applied the coating take note of the required drying times for your drying area ambient temperature, and ensure that these are adhered to prior to handling and packing your project.

By following the guidance on the technical data sheet you will ensure that you get the best performance from your coating.

For advice on this subject or other coating related question contact Movac the solution provider.