Dow Corning Cookie Policy

We use cookies to enhance your experience with Dow Corning. Learn how cookies are used on this website and view our privacy statement.

By continuing to browse this site, you agree and consent for cookies to be used.

Continue
Silicones from Dow Corning
Log In | Profile/Preferences | Customer Support | Contact Us      Global (English). Change
Search
Go
Products             Technical Library             Premier Services             About Dow Corning             Careers
Textile Industries
Technical Resources
Tutorials
Product Resources
Services

Industrial Textiles


Technical Textiles Coating Tutorial


Technical textiles are manufactured primarily for their technical performance and functional properties. Function is more important than form. Durability is more important than tactile effect.

Silicone rubber coatings can be used to add valuable performance and functional properties to technical textiles, engineered fabrics and industrial textiles.

Silicone rubber is a unique synthetic elastomer made from a crosslinked polymer that is reinforced with silica. Its characteristics are such that it provides the perfect balance of mechanical and chemical properties required by many of today’s most demanding industrial applications.

For basic information about silicones, consult our Textiles Silicon Chemistry Tutorial.  

Silicone rubber coating features and benefits

  • Water resistant
  • Chemical resistant
  • Good release properties
  • Good adhesion
  • Wide operating temperature range (-50°C to +300°C possible)
  • Resistant to weathering and UV rays
  • Food contact applications possible (FDA, BGA)
  • Some skin-contact applications possible
  • Can be flame resistant
  • Ease of processing

 

Compared to organic coatings, silicone elastomeric coatings offer:

  • Superior cold resistance (specialty silicone rubber grades can perform at temperatures as low as -85°C)
  • Better retention of tensile and elongation properties after heat aging
  • Relatively high surface friction (useful for some applications such as conveyor belts)
  • Easy to process (many silicone coating systems are 100 percent solids)
  • Less chance of worker sensitization after repeated handling, especially compared to acrylics and urethanes

 

Silicone elastomeric coating types

 

Silicone elastomeric coating cure chemistries

 

How to Apply and Cure Silicone Elastomeric Coatings

Typical coating methods include:

  • Dip/immersion coating
  • Kiss coating (lick roll)
  • Knife coating (over air, roll or rubber sleeve)
  • Rotogravure coating
  • Extrusion
  • Spraying
  • Other methods such as bar coating or rotary screen printing
< back to Industrial Textiles Home Page  
 
Technical Textiles Tutorial

Media Center    |    REACH    |    Site Map    |    Other Dow Corning Websites
Using this website means you understand our Privacy Statement and agree to our Terms & Conditions.
©2000 - 2017 Dow Corning Corporation. All rights reserved. Dow Corning is a registered trademark of Dow Corning Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company.
The Corning portion of the Dow Corning trademark is a trademark of Corning Incorporated, used under license. XIAMETER is a registered trademark of Dow Corning Corporation. We help you invent the future is a trademark of Dow Corning Corporation.®™Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company ("Dow") or an affiliated company of Dow.
Dow Corning complies with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.