How to Select the Correct Color(ant) from the Rainbow for Your Application, 1998 Polymers, Laminations & Coatings Conference Proceedings
There are literally hundreds of commercially available colorants from which to select from. Which one is the right one for your application? Do you need to formulate a custom color because you can’t achieve the exact color you need with a single component? Selecting a colorant that is suitable for your application is the first step in developing a product. Obtaining the best “value-in-use” from your colorant ensures that you not only use an appropriate colorant, but also one that provides the most cost effective solution. With the variety of pigments in the market place, there are several important factors that need to be considered in selecting colorants for a given application. Discussion of the various parameters one should consider, including the polymer type, processing conditions, recycling, end use requirements and others are important in developing an appropriate colorant system.