Plastic coatings are a large and growing market which include automotive
interior and exterior, resilient flooring and stamping foils, plastic signs and
sheeting, office equipment, sporting goods, consumer electronics, packaging...Plastics are coated to provide specific appearance (such as softer touch, leather
like feeling) and protection to the substrate.
Depending of the end-use applications, different desired properties can be obtained
such as weatherability, abrasion, chemical, mar resistance, mechanical stability
to respond to changes in temperature for exterior and interior applications.
The main challenge to coat plastic substrate is to choose the right resin in order
to obtain the perfect adhesion to the substrate.
Plastic substrates are thermosets or thermoplastics which require adhesion promoters
or even pretreatment before being coated.