Change is an essential step in the ongoing quest for better, smarter, more sustainable living. For 60 years, Dow Coating Materials has helped accelerate change through raw material innovations that advance the performance of paints and coatings. Our innovation is driven by the ever-changing needs of customers. High-throughput tools and methodology accelerate it. And it’s supported by a world-leading commitment to R&D, as seen in exposure testing we do across the globe.

We Conduct Years of Research in Months

Since 1998, Dow has actively developed and applied high-throughput research (HTR) methodologies. HTR allows scientists to prepare and analyze hundreds of test samples in a relatively short time through a combination of automated hardware, software and information research infrastructure. It dramatically shortens product development cycle time, so meaningful research takes place in months, not years. We can also investigate variables at all development stages, testing and analyzing hundreds of potential solutions at once. It even allows us to model a larger experimental space to quickly rule out inferior options. So you get the most promising solutions more quickly.

Our R&D Commitment

Our world-leading commitment to R&D is evident each day at the 20 exposure stations we own and operate on five different continents. We test 100,000+ paint formulations around the world, watching paint dry and age on more than 40,000 test panels in all types of climates. We generate more than 3 million ratings each year, with each paint formulation’s performance registered in painstaking detail. This knowledge helps our customers identify promising solutions with greater accuracy and speed. See how widespread Dow R&D is by reading the full article or watching the video.

The Acrylic Advantage: Pictures Tell the Story

Not all acrylic latex paints are created equal. In recent years, some manufacturers of solventborne alkyds and waterborne binder chemistries such as PVA claim their products deliver the same level of exterior performance as a waterborne all-acrylic. These pictures of paint panels on test fences at our exposure station in Spring House, PA., tell another story.

Here, the paint on the left half of each board is acrylic, while the paint on the right half is alkyd. Both acrylic and alkyd paint colors were identical when applied 15 years ago, but the appearance of the alkyd side has changed dramatically. All have lost gloss, faded and chalked. Not so with the acrylic paints.

The all-acrylic chemistry continues to demonstrate its inherent excellence over PVAs on this concrete painted 46 years ago. Two panels are covered with four different, high-quality paints. The upper-left and lower-left panels have been painted with solventborne alkyds. The upper-right panel is PVA, while the lower-right panel is an all-acrylic paint.

These red cedar panels had three different coatings applied 24 months ago. Each has two layers of a high-quality acrylic primer, a layer of high-quality acrylic flat paint and two clear coats. The top and bottom panels have an all-acrylic emulsion topcoat, while the center panel has an acrylic-styrene formulation topcoat.