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Silicone resins – types and uses

Types of silicone resins

Silicone resins are reactive/functional materials. They are supplied in solvent, as solventless liquids, or as solid flake materials.

Learn about the structure and properties of silicone resins.

Uses for silicone resins

Because of their high-performance capabilities, silicone resins are often used in industrial paints and coatings or electrical protection applications that require some combination of:

  • Superior thermal, weather, UV, or chemical resistance
  • Low electrical conductivity and high dielectric strength
  • Water repellency.

These include:

  • Binders for high-temperature paints for industrial exhaust stacks, boilers, catalytic cracking units, cookware, space heaters, and fireplace inserts
  • Protective coatings for bridges and municipal water towers
  • Automotive clear coats
  • Antifouling paints for ocean-going vessels
  • Varnishes for coating glass cloth; impregnating and protecting electrical coils and resistors
  • Protective conformal coatings on rigid and flexible circuit boards
  • Coatings to protect transformers and solenoids from moisture

Silicone resins are also used in the formulation of pressure sensitive adhesives, release coatings, specialty elastomers, antifoams, and other surfactants.


Did you know ... when combined with the right pigment, a silicone resin can withstand temperatures as high as 760°C (1,400°F)!


Visit the silicone showcase to see the benefits silicone resins bring to a wide range of industries.

Did you know ... in naval vessels, an antifouling coating formulated with silicone can reduce fuel-wasting drag caused by barnacles and other marine animals!
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Learn about: The structure and properties of silicone resins.

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