Interior paints that stand up to a good scrubbing. Exterior coatings for structures exposed to the elements. Floors that resist wear, tear and stains. From the walls of your home to the proverbial bridge over troubled waters, our additives are helping painted surfaces stay looking like new, longer.
3M Additives for Paints and Coatings are a family of functional fillers, surfactants and other additives for architectural and industrial paints, coatings, and construction materials such as caulk and grout. Our portfolio is designed to help formulators achieve cost savings, easier processing and smoother application – all while providing a wide range of customer-pleasing properties.
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These functional fillers deliver both a uniform sheen and a durable surface finish. Strong and intrinsically hard, 3M™ Ceramic Microspheres resist scrubbing and burnishing. Their unique shape and particle size distribution allow them to pack tightly, enabling higher solids and potentially lower-VOC formulations.
When applied to shower glass, glazed tile, ceramic fixtures and other non-porous surfaces, 3M™ Easy Clean Coatings provide an easy-to-clean finish. Treated surfaces repel dirt, liquids and hard water deposits, helping extend the time between cleanings and help to resist stains.
These advanced wetting and leveling agents help improve performance in a wide range of paints, adhesives, inks, floor coatings and more. By reducing surface tension, they help create smoother, more uniform coatings with fewer surface defects, even on hard-to-wet or contaminated surfaces.
As a cost-effective alternative to conventional fillers, these hollow glass microspheres help lower the density, weight and viscosity of paints and specialty coatings. 3M™ Glass Bubbles can also be used to increase solar reflectance in roof coatings.
Get a better finish – from the start. In latex and many solvent-based paints, 3M™ Paint Primer Concentrate creates a permanently tacky resin that doesn’t require curing. Ideal for use on metal and plastic, these concentrates will save time while providing a smooth finish.
3M™ Stain Resistant Additives and Sealers help protect porous surfaces such as concrete, stone and tile from both water- and oil-based stains. Designed to help surfaces resist liquid penetration, they make cleanup easier and provide long-lasting stain protection both indoors and outdoors.
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