Silicone Flake Resin optimizes performance of cookware coatings.

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Consisting of 100% silicone, hydroxyl-functional solid flake resin, Dow Corning® 255 optimizes heat stability and weatherability when used as binder in powder coatings. Product possesses high glass transition temperature of 56°C and residual silicon dioxide content of 62%. Compliant with FDA 21 CFR 175.300, resin also exhibits hot hardness, making it suitable for high-temperature powder coatings used for cookware and bakeware.

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New Dow Corning® 255 Flake Resin Has Performance-Enhancing Potential for Powder and Cookware/Bakeware Coatings

MIDLAND, MICHIGAN, USA: Dow Corning Corporation recently introduced a new silicone solid flake resin to its full line of flake resins that is tailored to meet needs for higher-temperature performance, volatile organic compound (VOC) reduction and FDA compliance in powder coatings and cookware/bakeware coatings.

Dow Corning® 255 Flake Resin is a 100% silicone, hydroxyl-functional solid flake resin designed for use as a binder for powder coatings to increase heat stability and weatherability.

"Coatings formulators and resin cookers have long employed the thermal and UV resistance of silicone resins to improve the performance of a wide array of paints and coatings," said Gerald Witucki, coatings industry specialist for Dow Corning. "Formulated with a high level of crosslinking and controlled organic content, Dow Corning 255 Flake Resin possesses a high glass transition temperature (Tg 56°C) and high residual silicon dioxide (62%). These characteristics provide Dow Corning 255 Flake Resin with excellent potential for use in high-temperature powder coatings."

The high glass transition value offers greater assurance of storage stability and powder flowability, and the high residual silicon dioxide content contributes to higher-temperature performance.

"In addition, the resin exhibits excellent 'hot hardness' and is compliant with FDA 21 CFR 175.300, which makes it suitable for cookware and bakeware coatings," Witucki said. "While ambient hardness is an important property for most coating applications, cookware and bakeware coatings also require hot hardness to minimize coating abrasions during the cooking process."

Dow Corning 255 Flake Resin also can be used as a blending resin with solvent-based silicone resins to reduce VOC content or with solvent-based organic resins to improve heat stability and weatherability.

Samples of Dow Corning 255 Flake Resin are available for evaluation. To learn more about silicone resins and intermediates from Dow Corning, download the Resins and Intermediates Selection Guide.

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, go to

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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 through the Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands. Dow Corning is a joint venture 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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