3M Additives for Architectural and Industrial Paints and Coatings
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Bring out the best in your industrial and architectural paint coatings with high-performance additive solutions from 3M.


3M Additive solutions for Paints and Coatings

  • 3M Additives for Paints, Coatings, Caulk and Grout

    Interior paints that stand up to a good scrubbing. Exterior coating paints for structures exposed to the elements. Floors that resist wear, tear and stains. From the walls of your home to the proverbial bridge over troubled waters, our additive solutions and industrial coatings are helping paint coatings stay looking like new, longer.

    3M Additives for Paints and Coatings are a family of functional fillers, surfactants and other paint additives for architectural and industrial paints, coatings, and construction materials such as caulk and grout. Our portfolio is designed to help additive manufacturing formulators achieve cost savings, easier processing and smoother application – all while providing a wide range of customer-pleasing properties.

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Products for Industrial Paints and Coatings

  • These functional paint fillers deliver both a uniform sheen and a durable surface finish. Strong and intrinsically hard, 3M™ Ceramic Microspheres resist scrubbing and burnishing. Their unique shape and particle size distribution allow them to pack tightly, enabling higher solids and potentially lower-VOC formulations.

  • When applied to shower glass, glazed tile, ceramic fixtures and other non-porous surfaces, 3M™ Easy Clean Coatings provide an easy-to-clean finish. Treated surfaces repel dirt, liquids and hard water deposits, helping extend the time between cleanings and help to resist stains.

  • These advanced wetting and leveling agents help improve performance in a wide range of architectural paints, adhesives, inks, floor coatings and more. By reducing surface tension, they help create smoother, more uniform durable coatings with fewer surface defects, even on hard-to-wet or contaminated surfaces.

  • As a cost-effective alternative to conventional paint fillers, these hollow glass microspheres help lower the density, weight and viscosity of paint solutions and specialty industrial coating products. 3M™ Glass Bubbles can also be used in solar reflective coatings for roofs. 

  • Get a better finish – from the start. In latex and many solvent-based paints, 3M™ Paint Primer Concentrate creates a permanently tacky resin that doesn’t require curing. Ideal for use on metal and plastic, these concentrates will save time while providing a smooth finish.

  • 3M™ Stain Resistant Additive Solutions and Sealers help protect porous surfaces such as concrete, stone and tile from both water- and oil-based stains. Designed to help surfaces resist liquid penetration, they make cleanup easier and provide long-lasting stain protection for both exterior and interior paints.


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