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DOWSIL™ 67 Additive

Imparts leveling and wetting to water-borne and radiation-curable formulations on difficult substrates such as polyethylene, polypropylene, polyester and polyvinylchloride improves wetting and surface appearance of water-borne flexographic ink.


  • Wide range of products allows choice of exactly the right product for the application, allowing for cost-effective, optimum performance 
  • Consistent wetting performance across a wide range of formulations and over a wide range of substrates 
  • Can be used in both waterborne and UV cured paints, inks and coatings 
  • Improve wetting of difficult substrates, such as wood, plastic and metal 
  • Little or no impact on the coefficient of friction/slip properties 
  • Recoatable 
  • 100% active; low VOC, solvent-free and BTX-free 
  • Effective at low addition levels (recommended 0.1 to 0.4% as supplied, based on total formulation) 
  • Easy-to-use, low viscosity liquids 
  • Enable minimization of raw material portfolio


These values are typical properties and are not intended for use in preparing specifications.

  • Active Content Yes No 100 %
  • Cloud Point Yes No < 10 °C
  • Color Yes No Amber
  • Flash Point, Closed Cup Yes No > 100 °C
  • Kinetic / Kinematic Viscosity Yes No 40 Centistokes
  • Shelf Life Yes No 720 Days
  • Water Soluble Yes No true

Dow introduces a family of superwetter additives for high-performance water-based and UV-cured inks, coatings and overprint varnishes:

  • DOWSIL™ 67 Additive
  • DOWSIL™ 500W Additive
  • DOWSIL™ 501W Additive
  • DOWSIL™ 502W Additive

Do you have difficulty achieving effective substrate wetting with your waterborne or UV cured formulations, particularly on challenging substrates like wood, plastic and metal? Have you tried other silicone additives, only to see undesirable effects on slip properties?

With its range of functionalities and hydrophilicities, the new family of superwetter additives from Dow can be used in waterborne, solventborne and solventless radiation curable coatings. These additives can help you obtain the wetting performance you want for your formulation and substrate – and do so with little or no impact on slip properties.

Making an informed choice of superwetter

Dow understands that every formulation is different. By providing more information about structure, end capping and hydrophilicity/HLB, Dow seeks to improve the quality of wetting additive choices. All four products in this DOWSIL™ Superwetter family are 100% silicone polyether copolymers and are characterized by being usable in both waterborne and UV coatings formulations, offering recoatability and a high level of consistency across different types of binders.

In addition:

Products  Silicone Polyether Copolymer (%)  Viscosity (cst)  HLB-EO  End Cap  Surface Tension (aqueous 0.1 % solution) 
DOWSIL™ 67 Additive  100  31-51  11.5  OH  21.0 
DOWSIL™ 500W Additive  100  25.5-29.5  10.7  OAc  22.0 
DOWSIL™ 501W Additive  100  10-30  10.6  OMe  20.5 
DOWSIL™ 502W Additive  100  49-75  13.2  OH  22.4 

Performance with regulatory compliance

One hundred percent silicone polyether copolymers and solvent free technology mean no contribution to VOC when using these additives. DOWSIL™ 67 Additive is listed in the Swiss ordinance RS 817.023.21.

Products Swiss Ordinance RS 817.023.21 Annex 6
DOWSIL™ 67 Additive  All substances intentionally formulated in DOWSIL™ 67Additive are listed on Annex 6, Part A or Part B, of the
Swiss ordinance RS 817.023.21

High performance at low use levels

DOWSIL™ 67 Additive, DOWSIL™ 500W Additive, DOWSIL™ 501W Additive and DOWSIL™ 502W Additive provide excellent wetting performance at low addition levels with little or no influence on slip. In a waterborne PUD-based flooring coating, for example, all four additives provide excellent wetting performance versus competitive organic and silicone wetting additives over different substrates. The toolbox approach also enables formulators to choose the right product for a specific application, while at the same time reducing the number of products they must maintain in their raw material portfolios. The superior performance can be measured in multiple waterborne coatings by the surface appearance and coefficient of friction (Figures 1 and 2).

Figure 1: Surface appearance and slip properties of a waterborne, PUD-based wood coating with the addition of DOWSIL™ 67 Additive, DOWSIL™ 500W Additive, DOWSIL™ 501W Additive and DOWSIL™ 502W Additive. Additives were added at 0.2 weight percent in the total formulation.

Graph: Surface appearance and slip properties of a waterborne, PUD-based wood coating with additives added at 0.2 weight percent in the total formulation

Figure 2: Surface appearance and slip properties of a waterborne, acrylic-based wood coating with the addition of DOWSIL™ 67 Additive, DOWSIL™ 500W Additive, DOWSIL™ 501W Additive and DOWSIL™ 502W Additive. Additives were added at 0.2 weight percent in the total formulation.

Graph: Surface appearance and slip properties of a waterborne, acrylic-based wood coating with the addition of additives added at 0.2 weight percent in the total formulation

Figure 3: Improved wetting performance in a waterborne PUD coating with DOWSIL™ 67 Additive.

Testing images of improved wetting performance in a waterborne PUD coating with DOWSIL™ 67 Additive

Multiple options for foam control

Because wetting agents are surfactants, they promote foam generation to some extent. The chemistry of the surfactant and the total formulation dictate the level of foam generated. Important to the formulator is that this foam can be controlled using foam control additives. Dow offers a range of antifoam additives to control any foam generated when using this new family of wetting agents.

Figure 4: Example of performance of DOWSIL™ antifoams when formulated with surfactants: DOWSIL™ 67 Additive is added at 0.4 weight percent into a flexographic gravure ink formulation. Antifoams were added at just 0.1 weight percent in the total formulation. Foam height is measured after high-speed shearing and is clearly vastly reduced with the addition of both DOWSIL™ 62 Additive and DOWSIL™ 65 Additive*.

Graph: Performance of antifoams when formulated with surfactants
  • SYL-OFF™ 4000 Catalyst

    General purpose catalyst which is compatible with all Syl-off™ brand solvent based and solventless release coating systems as well as Plantinum cure silicone PSAs.

  • DOWSIL™ 983 Structural Glazing Sealant Base and Curing Agent

    Designed for specialized use where dual structural and weatherseal applications are desired for factory glazing and curtainwall production. Once cured, this structural sealant forms a durable, flexible, watertight bond that can be warranted for 20 years and used in ±25% movement weatherseal applications. It has excellent unprimed adhesion to glass, alodine, and anodized aluminum1, although DOWSIL™ Primer-C OS is recommended for fast and consistent adhesion, especially to high-performance substrates approved for architectural structural glazing applications.

  • XIAMETER™ PMX-0244 Cyclotetrasiloxane

    A volatile methylsiloxane fluid, clear, odorless, VOC-exempt, low toxicity, low surface tension and evaporates completely at room temperature. INCI Name: Cyclotetrasiloxane

  • DOWSIL™ 7091 Adhesive Sealant
    High performance, neutral cure silicone adhesive/sealant.

  • DOWSIL™ 790 Silicone Building Sealant
    A one-part silicone formulation that cures in the presence of atmospheric moisture to produce a durable, fire-resistant, flexible and ultra-low-modulus silicone rubber building joint seal.

  • DOWSIL™ 995 Silicone Structural Sealant
    A one-component, self-priming, shelf-stable, neutral-cure, elastomeric adhesive specifically formulated for silicone structural glazing and exhibits excellent unprimed adhesion to most building substrates. This product has superior unprimed adhesion for structural glazing applications for hurricane or impact rated windows and doors. It has a movement capability of +/- 50%.

  • DOWSIL™ 791 Weatherproofing Sealant
    A one-part, medium-modulus, elastomeric sealant designed for general weathersealing. It is a silicone formulation that cures to a flexible and curable silicone rubber building joint seal.

  • DOWSIL™ Primer-C OS

  • DOWSIL™ 795 Silicone Building Sealant
    A one-part, cold-applied, non-sagging silicone material that cures to a medium modulus silicone rubber upon exposure to atmospheric moisture.

  • XIAMETER™ PMX-200 Silicone Fluid 350 cSt
    100% active, 350 cSt, polydimethylsiloxane polymer. INCI Name: Dimethicone

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