Product Spec Sheets

Polysilk 14

Released by Micro Powders, Inc.

August 12, 2013

POLYSILK 14 is a unique combination of micronized modified polyethylene and PTFE that has been specifically formulated to provide a combination of abrasion, scratch and heat resistance while imparting a smooth silky feel and surface lubricity to paints, printing inks and coatings.

POLYSILK 14 is micronized to a NPIRI grind gauge reading of 3.0-3.5 for easy dispersion into solvent, oil, or water borne systems.

POLYSILK 14 is produced from higher melting point and harder polymers than our other POLYSILK grades in order to provide improved surface protection and film toughness. In most applications, POLYSILK 14 can be used as the sole additive, due to its unique formulation.

Additions of 1-3% by weight are suggested for best performance. However, the level of addition will depend on end use requirements. Due to the unique nature of this product, the optimum effect of a smooth silky feel will be reached approximately 12 to 24 hours after application while all other surface protection characteristics are realized immediately.

POLYSILK 14 can be used in all types of printing inks, paints and coatings. However, it is especially recommended for use in the following areas: solvent and water based printing inks, lacquers and coatings applied on non-porous substrates, wood and leather finishes, coil coatings, industrial finishes, can coatings and low energy heat-set cover inks.

At temperatures above 600°F some polymer fumes may be emitted due to decomposition of the fluorocarbon polymer. Therefore, smoking should not be permitted when working with this material.

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