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Today we turn to the home stretch of ultraviolet products. In our last publication, we defined what ultraviolet varnish was, we talked about UV radiation and the different lamps that exist to carry out this product and process, briefly explaining the different types of drying that are done in these lamps and ending with the photoinitiators (necessary elements to understand what an ultraviolet varnish is).

Now, let’s take a closer look at the types of products with UV curing.

Types of UV curing

We can classify them into the following major groups:

Products containing volatile solvents (VOC).
2. Products without solvent content or at least minimal (no VOC). They can be further classified into:
2.1 Based on Polyester resin with styrene.
2.2 Based on Acrylic resins with acrylic monomers.

With solvent

All those in which the solvent participates in the formulation as the application vehicle. Robots, manual spray guns or curtain sprayers carry out the most common applications. They are normally used in an open pore, semi-porous systems, although closed pore is possible. There are formulations for both base and topcoats, either clear or pigmented.

In addition to everything seen so far, we also find another large group that we will deal with apart from those exposed above. It is the so-called DUAL CURE system:

This system is used to solve some problems with ultraviolet curing such as high drying due to excess weight and in pigmented products or due to little or no drying in shaded areas such as edges, corners, and so-called “sparrow’s beaks”. There are two types of these products:

  1. Redox drying: (accelerant and peroxide) to which a photoinitiator is added to dry on the surface and allow the parts to be handled. After stacking, the redox reaction continues.
  2. With Isocyanate: Normally formulated with hydroxylated resin to which isocyanate is added before application. This reaction takes place after UV curing.


There are two types of solvent-free products, which are given to cover specific needs in each case, as follows:

  1. Water-based: These are those in which water becomes part of the formulation, either by addition or the resin itself. They are most commonly used in Robot systems (guns). For pre-drying (before curing in lamps) laminar air tunnels with temperature, air percussion, MOS (microwave system), and Infrared lamps will be necessary. The application lines will consist of one or a combination of these elements.
  2. 100% solids: These are those that have no organic solvent in their formulation. These are applied in rollers, curtain coating machines, vacuums, and other new systems.


There are other products which, although not really 100% solid, have a very low VOC content, such as those intended for the application of mouldings, frames and baseboards. Its application is normally carried out by robots. Since this is a very wide market area, we will now detail its main characteristics:

  • Are-airing times in pre-drying are very short 1-2 minutes.
  • These highly reactive products can dry at high speeds (40-60 m/min).
  • They are usually irritant products, but not toxic, so the use of protective equipment (goggles, gloves ….) is recommended.

UV Markets

We have made a “review” of a product that has many applications. We find transparent or pigmented products,  and best of all: in Industrias Químicas Iris we are willing to keep innovating, creating a customized product that is exactly what you need. Let’s take a look at some applications of the ultraviolet product.


Inside the interior doors, we will have transparent and pigmented products. Open or closed pores and even ignifugos. An element of great use, such as interior doors, requires high resistance, durability and a finish that allows its regular maintenance as well as an impeccable appearance. The development of this product is one of our strengths. Here are some examples within the transparent uv range:

  • Transparent /Open pore:
    • IRIPOL IR-5027 UV Background
    • IRIPOL IR-6031 UV CF
    • IRIPOL IR-6046 UV CF
    • IRIPOL IR-6099 UV MC CF
    • ETC.
  • Transparent/Closed pore:
    • IRIPOL IR-5083 UV Spatula base
    • IRIPOL IR-5060 UV Roller base
    • IRIPOL IR-6020 UV R CF
    • IRIPOL IR-7008 UV R CF
    • ETC.
  • Flame retardants:
    • IGNIFOND EC-5116 UV CF
    • IGNITER EC-6020 UV CF
    • ETC.
In this immense sector of interior doors, the pigmented uv product gives us a finish with unique characteristics. Here are some examples:

  • IRIPOL IR-533UV White Background
  • IRIPOL IR-5158 UV Background White
  • IRIPOL IR-5180 UV White Background R CF
  • IRIPOL IR-5167 UV White Background R CF
  • IRIPOL IR-6110 UV White CF
  • IRIPOL IR-5060 UV Roller sealant
  • IRIPOL IR-6020 UV R CF
  • IRIPOL IR-7008 UV R CF
  • ETC.


Of course, and from what we have seen above, companies that manufacture frames and mouldings such as frames, edges or baseboards also use UV treatment. We obtain, as in any support to which we apply, great adhesion and quality in both gloss and matte finishes. Also, durability and resistance to abrasion and chemical agents. Here we find Iris products such as IRIPOL IR-5141 Fondo Molduras CF or IRIPOL IR-7013UV Molduras CF, examples of a very extensive range of products.


Undoubtedly, these sectors share special characteristics in common. Undoubtedly, in these areas of the home, we need a little more resistance and finishes that give the support the possibility of frequent use, cleaning with abrasive products and yet an impeccable appearance, created especially for each design. Furniture made of flat board or melamine, for which, for example, a Melamine White Roller UV PRIMER CF could be used, responds to a more than imposing sector. Products such as IRIPOL IR-712 UV WHITE CF or IRIPOL IR-692 UV White CF would achieve everything the customer needs. The range is endless at Iris.


Customization and design are the main exponents of this sector. From the first sketches to the final assembly, every aspect of this market is valued, creating exclusive lines for collective use constructions: fashion franchises, catering, and automotive… there are no limits to this creative machine. The point of you is the specificity, as in Iris, creating the right product customized for you. We think of new application technologies such as our IMPRIMATION UV Adhesive IR-INERT, or IR-557/FXR UV. We have UV products for different applications, such as IRIPOL IR-5083 UV Fondo Espátula CF or IRIPOL IR-5060 Fondo Roller. Primers, for example: IMPRIMACIÓN UV Melamina Rodillo.

Industrias Químicas Iris in full development offers a multitude of references, an infinity of finishes and resistances for countless markets. This is what makes us who we are.

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