November Technical Dinner Meeting
Monday, November 8, 2021
In-Person: Brooks Kitchen & Tap in Oakbrook Terrace
5pm check in
Dinner To Follow
Time: 5:30pm CST
Novel Acrylic Polymers for Tennis Court Coatings
by Raj Phatak of Specialty Polymers, Inc.
Many tennis court coatings are no longer just based on low cost vanilla acrylics …the polymers are becoming more highly engineered to meet higher performance requirements in these coatings. In addition to having excellent UV resistance to withstand exposure to full sun, the coatings have to stand up to abrasion from foot traffic with the sudden starts and stops of a tennis game. They also have to be able to be applied in thick films but still dry quickly enough that they will not blister if the coatings get wet a few hours after application. Finally, the polymers must have good adhesion to the sand filler that is used for texture on the courts. An acrylic technology which is designed to develop water resistance rapidly was evaluated for potential use in court coatings. The chemistry of this novel polymer and the performance benefits or drawbacks of this chemistry will be presented.
Raj Phatak is a Senior Chemist at Specialty Polymers, Inc. He has worked in the coatings industry for over 15 years. He began his career with coatings formulation at Rustoleum Corp and has worked in applications and formulation of a variety of coatings at other paint manufacturers and suppliers to the industry. At Specialty Polymers, he has been working in applications supporting product development for the metal, concrete and wood markets.
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