Oxford Advanced Surfaces Develops Versatile and Repeatable Surface Preparation for Composites

October 01 2018

Oxford Advanced Surfaces (OAS) has developed a range of surface treatments to prepare composites and engineering plastics for coating and bonding, while addressing some of the shortcomings of the currently surface preparations. Based on a patented reactive chemistry platform, Onto has the ability to improve the surface adhesion of most polymeric materials, creating an effective adhesion promoter.

Surface preparation is fundamental to ensuring good adhesion for both adhesive bonding and painting of composites and lightweight materials. Onto removes the need for time consuming and labour intensive surface preparation, such as abrasion or grinding to allow fast, easy and repeatable surface preparation of composites and plastics.

While using heat is a common and effective method for curing existing Onto surface treatment solutions, Oxford Advanced Surfaces has acknowledged that for some materials and higher volume applications this may not be the most suitable method, so have introduced a product that can be cured using a drying step followed by Ultra-Violet (UV) light activation that is more suitable for use in painting processes.

As with all the surface treatment solutions form Oxford Advanced Surfaces, the UV-curable product removes the need for abrasion, grinding, or plasma and works with polymeric composites and most engineering plastics. Onto solutions are suitable for use with all epoxy and polyurethane paints and coatings, as well as epoxy, polyurethane and Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) adhesives.

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