UV curable coatings are used in the manufacture of automotive components to impart a variety of properties to surfaces, including glare reduction, wear or scratch resistance, anti-fogging, microbial resistance and chemical resistance. A UV curable coating can also be applied to vehicle windows to reduce the amount of ultraviolet radiation that passes through.
UV curable coatings are often specified for plastic parts because the process does not require heat, which can distort the plastic shape.
UV technology is used in the finishing, varnishing and laminating of furniture and woodwork. UV coatings and finishes offer increased hardness and solvent resistance, a high-quality final product, increased in line-speed (thanks to the speed at which the curing process occurs), more floor space (thanks to shorter finishing lines) and a reduction in fire risk.
Ultraviolet coating is used on the production line in the finishing of marble, granite and other natural stones to seal them. Properly sealing stone helps to protect it against everyday dirt and spills, the effects of weather and the impact of ultraviolet radiation.