Determination of the Degree of Cure of a Varnish

January 8, 2016
Tom Tague

Spectroscopy

Modern paints and varnishes are complex mixtures and the optimization of the material properties is an important task. One of the most essential variables is the curing which should in most cases take place in a reasonably short time span that can range from a fraction of a second to many days. It is difficult to evaluate the degree of the curing and its completeness by visual inspection. Therefore, an unbiased and reliable quantitative analysis is needed in quality control but also in R&D to optimize the varnish or the curing method respectively.