Foam Control Agents suit waterborne inks, OPVs, and paints.

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Available in variety of formulations, Dow Corning® Anti-Foam Agents control foam while minimizing film defects, such as pinholes, cratering, and fisheyes. Dow Corning® 69 and 8590 are suited for most typical foaming issues, while Dow Corning® 8603 handles more challenging foam problems. Dow Corning® 8610 is intended for systems with higher co-solvent level, and Dow Corning® 8628 ensures optimal defoaming and compatibility. All dispersible silicone compounds and emulsions are APEO-free and low-VOC.

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Dow Corning Launches New Family of Foam Control Agents for Waterborne Inks, OPVs and Paints

MIDLAND, MICHIGAN, USA – Formulators of waterborne inks, overprint varnishes (OPVs) and low/medium PVC paints can now achieve efficient foam control with fewer worries about the formation of surface defects.

The use of new low-VOC binders, the reduction of co-solvent in formulations, and demands for increased speed in paint production and application make foam control an ongoing challenge for formulators of waterborne paints and inks. Defoaming is easy to achieve – but, in some cases, incompatibility between the defoamer and the formulation often leads to film defects, such as pinholes, cratering, fisheyes and dewetting.

Dow Corning’s new family of waterborne antifoams includes a range of solutions that offer high levels of efficiency with low levels of defects.

Dow Corning® 69 Additive, Dow Corning® 8590 Additive, Dow Corning® 8603 Additive, Dow Corning® 8610 Additive and Dow Corning® 8628 Additive are easily dispersible silicone compounds and emulsions designed for use in waterborne inks, OPVs, and industrial and architectural paints. They offer a good balance of efficiency, compatibility and antifoaming performance at low dosage levels. Additionally, all are APEO-free and low-VOC.

Formulators of water-based inks and coatings now have an array of antifoam choices to meet a wide range of foam control challenges:

• Dow Corning® 69 Additive and Dow Corning® 8590 Additive for most typical foaming issues

• Dow Corning® 8603 Additive for more challenging foam problems

• Dow Corning® 8610 Additive for systems with a higher co-solvent level

• Dow Corning® 8590 Additive and Dow Corning® 8610 Additive for low-temperature applications

• Dow Corning® 8628 Additive for excellent defoaming and compatibility

“We are applying our extensive expertise in silicone-based antifoam chemistry to bring ‘best-in-class’ antifoam technology to the industries we serve – and because we recognize that no one antifoam agent will work in all systems, this new portfolio includes a range of products designed to address foaming challenges under a variety of conditions,” said Dow Corning Global Segment Leader Chris Wall. “Furthermore, we are committed to developing innovative solutions and are looking forward to collaborating with our customers in the ink, OPV, and paint and coatings industries to identify the right antifoam additive solutions for their specific formulation and processing needs.”

Dow Corning offers a comprehensive selection of innovative silicon-based additives, resins and binders for the coatings industry. In addition to materials, the company provides supportive services and solutions tailored to the specific business needs of the global coatings industry. To learn more about Dow Corning’s full range of coatings solutions, visit or email

About Dow Corning

Dow Corning ( provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands. Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States.

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