The two new colorants are replacements for lead-containing colorants, and a host of new formulas have been added utilizing the high opacity colorants. However, the change to lead-free colorants doesn’t equal a drop-in performance as seen in many other systems on the market.
“Following an intense research and development project we were able to provide a lead-free replacement without compromising on quality, said Steve Hutton, HMG color manager. “These two new additions have high pigment loading that produces superior color opacity and high lightfastness rating, meaning increased resistance to fading or color change due to exposure to sunlight or an artificial light source.”
Even before pressure from legislation HMG has championed the use of lead-free colorants, however, the market has always been reluctant to change, especially in historically poor covering colors such as reds and yellows. These new colorants allow users to switch with confidence and further benefit from the over 250,000 color formulations available via the Unit Lite mixing scheme and ColourBase formulation software, including BS, RAL, and commercial vehicle shades.
The company’s UNIT LITE mixing scheme is a standalone tinting system, which offers HMG and its nationwide distributors a virtually unlimited color palette for all order sizes, across an extensive range of high-performance HMG base coatings.
Packed into 2.5-liter cans and ready for use on a standard mixing machine. Unit Lite comprises around twenty solid tinters, five aluminum tinters for metallic finishes, and five unique reduced-strength colorants, for more accurate tinting of pale and pastel shades.
Unit Lite is a highly flexible tinting system, covering topcoats, basecoats, undercoats, and primers, as well as a variety of sheen levels, textures, and finishes. The scheme is also used across a host of industries including Industrial, Commercial Vehicle, Agriculture and Construction Equipment, Rail and many more.