Aquaflow™ XLS series – the next generation of rheology control

chemistry: aquaflow

Aquaflow™ XLS-series NSATs are highly efficient, second generation, low-shear effective liquid thickeners. The Aquaflow™ XLS chemistry provides an optimized balance of leveling with exceptional sag-resistance through a unique engineered structure recovery behavior. This balance of properties means that painters will appreciate a virtually drip-free application resulting in beautiful finished painted surfaces free of brush marks, which is particularly desirable in semi-gloss and high-gloss paints. This unique property of the Aquaflow XLS-series makes them extremely suitable for Industrial spay applied WB coatings. The controlled recovery time delivers smooth finishes on any kind of substrate without drip.

viscosity recovery

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balance leveling and sag

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enhanced atomization with less tailing

Ashland solvers have developed this highly efficient liquid thickener to improve atomization during airless spray resulting in enhanced surface smoothness.

visualizing the below images:

  • tailing can also be influenced by the choice of rheology modifiers
    (although dependent on spray device settings)
  • moving to Aquaflow™ XLS-525 shows reduction of tailing
  • incorporating Aquaflow™ NHS-300 improves atomization and reduces tailing
  • moving the rheology from single low-shear rheology modifier to a combination of low- and high-shear NSAT can improve pumpability as well as leveling properties

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Three Aquaflow™ XLS grades are available and are optimized according to tint base and resin type. All grades of Aquaflow™ XLS rheology modifiers are supplied as low-viscosity, APEO-free and solvent-free liquids for a cost-effective designed rheology solution in an environmentally responsible package, ideal for your next generation of “greener” paints.

key benefits in industrial coatings:
  • exceptional balance of leveling and sag resistance
  • drip-resistant application
  • superior thickening efficiency
  • improved viscosity retention on tinting with universal colorants
  • improved brush loading
  • improved applied hiding

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