Principles of Waterborne Coatings


Coating Binder Technologies

  • Generic types and terminology
  • Solvent vs water
  • Solution vs dispersion
  • Cross linking vs thermoplastic

Waterborne Technologies

  • Insoluble aqueous polymer dispersions
  • Emulsion and suspension polymerisation
  • Soluble and partially soluble polymers
  • Alkyd emulsions
  • Polyurethane dispersions
  • Mixed and hybrid systems
  • Emerging technologies

Wet Paint Properties

  • Aspects of film formation
  • Rheology & rheology control
  • Surface tension & surfactants

Market Overview

  • Principal coating markets
  • Penetration by competing technologies

Case Histories

  • Coatings for buildings
  • Furniture coatings
  • Automotive coatings

Formulation Aspects

  • Introduction to mixture theory
  • Important volume relationships
  • CPVC in a waterborne environment
  • Flocculation, classification and percolation in dispersed systems
  • Pigments and extenders for waterborne coatings (pH and the isoelectric point)
  • Colour and tinting
  • Biodeterioration of waterborne paints

Dispersion and Processing

  • Dispersion principles
  • Processing considerations


This two day course provides an in depth overview of the special features that distinguish waterborne technology from other generic types such as solvent borne, high solids etc.

The course identifies the different markets for coatings and reviews the advantages and disadvantages of competing technologies relative to waterborne options. Case histories will be used to illustrate how the penetration into different markets is influenced by the current property mix, and what might be expected from technical developments and the influence of legislation. Major types of waterborne technology will be covered including waterborne dispersions ('latexes'), solutions and emulsions. Attention will be paid to mechanisms of film formation and the likely impact of film morphology on mechanical and optical properties. Formulation will be addressed with particular reference to the differences from classical solvent borne solution binders. An outline of processing and application issues will also be covered.


This course is designed to appeal to a wide cross section of interests. Some sections benefit from a knowledge of chemistry to university entrance standard.


Mr Jon Graystone – Principal Research Scientist PRA


PRA, Pera Business Park, Melton Mowbray, UK

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The course runs from 09:30 to approximately 17:00 on the first day and from 09:00 to approximately 16:00 on the second day.


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