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VISIOMER® – methacrylate monomers for paints and coatings

Application Areas


Methacrylate monomers for Paints & Coatings

More than 7,500 years ago, Chinese and Japanese craftsmen discovered that the sap of lacquer trees could be used to give wooden surfaces a protective finish. At the time, color was a privilege reserved for wealthy people, and paints were made from natural oils (pine tree, linseed) as well as inorganic and often toxic pigments.

The chemical revolution of the 20th century finally enabled scientists to develop more robust resins from petrochemical sources – with even better performance, availability and at a lower cost.

Waterborne coatings, solvent-based coatings and reactive systems

Since their first appearance on the market 25 years ago, waterborne coatings have gained more and more significance in coatings applications due to their advantageous properties. As a consequence of increasingly stringent environmental standards, waterborne coatings, which have an inherently low solvent content, continue to hold the pole position in the race towards ever lower VOC levels.

Traditional solvent-based coatings have, to some degree, also evolved into environmentally friendly products. With coatings made from high solids resins, e.g. VISIOMER® IBOMA or VISIOMER® c-HMA, excellent performance results are possible with an extremely low solvent content.

Reactive systems enable the manufacture of make resins, e.g. for wood coatings, using environmentally friendly and fast-curing UV or EB technologies, where VISIOMER® IBOA is used as a reactive diluent.

Typical application fields:

Automotive Coatings Architectural & Decorative CoatingsIndustrial CoatingsMarine & Protective CoatingsPaper & Packaging CoatingsPrinting Inks
VISIOMER® methacrylate monomers and their typical paints & coatings applications

Monomer group

VISIOMER® products

Typical applications

Basic methacrylates


(methacrylic acid)


Stability improvement (mainly waterborne systems)

Polymer backbone in waterborne & solvent-based systems; adjustment of glass temperature/minimum film formation temperature



Crosslinking in 2K isocyanate-based systems

Alkyl / aryl methacrylates






Polymer backbone

Hydrophobization: improved solvent resistance & water repellency

Viscosity improvement in high-solid coating resins

Ether methacrylates

C18 PEG 1105 MA W                                           


Associative thickening in waterborne systems

Polymerizable emulsifier in waterborne systems; improved freeze thaw stability

Wet Adhesion Monomers


Improved wet adhesion to wood and aged alkyd paint surfaces