In the past 50 years, coatings technology has evolved at a rapid pace. As demand, performance requirements and environmental regulations have changed, so has the industry. Some things, however, have not. Cost versus performance has always been, and will always be, a primary motivator among formulators, contractors and do-it-yourselfers.
Successful chemists and material manufacturers understand this key truth and design products accordingly. Vinyl acetate-based polymers have helped formulators develop decorative coatings that meet this balance since the 1960s. Because vinyl technology was introduced to the coatings industry nearly one-half century ago, some formulators may have a perception that it is “old technology,” with little new to offer in the continually changing landscape of cost-performance needs and regulatory requirements faced by coatings producers today. In fact, there are many advances in vinyl acetate-based polymers that allow these binders to continue as a preferred choice of coatings formulators.