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Paint Viscosity

03/11/2017 12:58 PM

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I want to know whether industrial paint viscosity increases with time. Recently I came across one incident that epoxy paint is of manufacturing year 2012. we used paint in 2017. Paint coverage whichis normally 6-8 sqmts/litre but in this case coverage was only 2.41 sqmts/lit. What can be the reason is it viscosity of some thing else.

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Re: Paint viscosity

03/11/2017 1:17 PM

Maybe you didn't mix the paint properly....paint does settle over time, and should be properly shaken periodically....What is your shaking schedule?

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03/11/2017 5:52 PM

Remember, epoxy paint is a curing paint. As made with solvent it has a shelf life, even mixed. AFter application the solvent evaporates and the anti curing agent (also called driers) evaporates and the paint cures to its final hardness. Your paint, even with driers, has partially cured = more viscous = thicker coat = fewer square meters per liter

Paint drying additives

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03/12/2017 9:35 AM

Sorry i did not got your point. I am saying that paint lying unused in sealed cans for about 4-5 yearsand it opened in 2017. Then does solvent and anti curing agent evaporates during unused time of 5 years or does it evaporates immediately after opening cover or evaporates gradually after opening. Please guide me. Regards Pradeep

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03/12/2017 10:17 AM

Epoxy paint is metastable - it is ready to cross link, but the stabilizing additives and cross linking additives(driers) holg curing at bay, however random collisions allow for a slow degree of curing to take place - this results in a suggested shelf life of ~~1 tear(this varies with whoever made it). This gradual curing means the paint gradually gets more viscous = thicker coating - as you experienced. You can offset this by adding a little more of the suggested thinner for this paint to reach the application viscosity as measured by a draining cone/cup or other method

Viscosity measurements

This has limits, the paint can form small blobs of sured pain = usealess

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Re: Paint viscosity

03/11/2017 6:11 PM

If the tin is not fully sealed, then some of the solvent may evaporate at a rate determined by the leak. Viscosity of the remainder is therefore a function of the rate of the leaking solvent. <sigh>

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Re: Paint viscosity

03/11/2017 6:58 PM

I assume that you are referring to unused and unopened epoxy paint. This might be of interest:

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/epoxy-primer-shelf-life-unmixed-64962.html

It might also make a difference if it was exposed to extreme temperatures.

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03/11/2017 7:15 PM

I work with coatings on a professional basis. Every coating I buy is good for 1 year. You used a coating that is 5 years old, chances are that the main thinning component, has evaporated. You are lucky that your only problem is the coverage.

It's called a shelf life. All coatings have one.

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Re: Paint viscosity

03/11/2017 7:59 PM

Another component that effects coverage is the substrate that the paint is applied to, wood, metal, concrete, gypsum board (drywall) etc, the more absorbent = less coverage. With 5 yr old epoxy paint I'm surprised you were still able to use it, damn self-life

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03/11/2017 10:41 PM

We always store cans, with friction fit lids, that contain volatile products upside down. This promotes less evaporation of the volatile compounds since the heavier compounds better seal the lid. I haven't looked lately but the famous 'Plastic Wood" filler was being produced with the label 'upside down' to encourage inverted storage...and it works!

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03/13/2017 11:07 AM

Did you really expect a paint with a one year life in the can to last until convenient for your use (five years later)? Really?

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03/13/2017 3:04 PM

The lid on a paint can is to keep the liquid from spilling out. It is not a positive seal for the solvents inside. Over time the solvents will slowly leak out.

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