23 Jun 06
Huntsman announces new strong-bonding primer system for polyurethane and polyurea coatings

The Woodlands, TX - Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) announced today the availability of a new strong-bonding primer/basecoat system utilizing SUPRASEC® 9584 MDI isocyanate, for use with polyurethane, polyurea and other coatings. When mixed with castor oil, SUPRASEC 9584 is simple and easy-to-use.  It will penetrate and seal the surface, leaving a smooth pinhole and bubble-free coating. It provides excellent adhesion to a variety of substrates and has outstanding stability at low temperatures.  The mix ratio of the two components can be adjusted and still provide exceptional performance. In addition, it can be rolled, brushed or sprayed, allowing for greater flexibility.

The versatility and processing advantages of SUPRASEC 9584 allow it to work at different volume ratios thus offering a range of stiffness and flexibility. It allows for a long work time – up to 45 minutes; a large recoat window - two to 24 hours; and curing on cold substrates. This new high-solids primer helps prevent topcoat leaching, bubbling and blistering. It may also be applied on damp surfaces with no bubbles or foaming. Its low viscosity makes it easy to spread or spray. In addition, its performance can be tailored by adjusting the resin blend with amine polyols or catalysts to shorten cure time.

“With SUPRASEC 9584, we are providing the tools for a superior primer at a lesser cost,” says Kevin Buck, Adhesives, Coatings and Elastomers Marketing Manager. “SUPRASEC 9584 is usable with two- and three-layer systems, but will cost up to 10% less than comparable products. The result is a high-quality, easy-to-use, cost-effective product that will enhance the performance of your coating system.”

SUPRASEC is a registered trademark of Huntsman Corporation or an affiliate thereof in one or more, but not all, countries.

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and commodity chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture basic products fo r a variety of global industries including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, textiles, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging, and later, rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman today has 11,300 employees, 57 operations in 22 countries and had 2005 revenues of $13 billion.

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