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3M fluorosurfactants improve the performance of paints and coatings on a variety of surfaces.
The science of smooth.

Fluorochemical additives improve wetting, spreading and leveling in paints, coatings and more.

3M™ Fluorosurfactants

  • In the world of paints and coatings, achieving a uniform surface finish is both an art and a science. 3M™ Fluorosurfactants are the “secret ingredient” behind the performance of paints, coatings, adhesives and more.

    The lower the surface tension of a coating, the smoother the finish. Surfactant additives are designed to lower surface tension, but those made with fluorochemicals consistently outperform hydrocarbon and silicone surfactants. They are effective even at low concentrations and provide excellent wetting, spreading and leveling properties for a variety of solvent and aqueous coating systems – even when applied to challenging surfaces like plastics and oily metals. They can also be used to help prevent common paint defects such as "orange peel," cratering and "fish eyes" while making it less likely that surfaces will pick up dirt.

    3M fluorosurfactants are based on innovative C4 chemistry, which offers a more favorable environmental profile than conventional long-chain perfluorochemicals. They are effective at low addition levels and can be used with a variety of water- and solvent-based coatings, including high-solids and radiation curable organic polymer coating systems.

  • *These materials are intended for use in non-dispersive and non-emissive applications only. Not for use in food contact, medical, drug or cosmetic applications.


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