Crosslinking characteristics of dual-curable blocked isocyanate with thermal radical initiator for lowering curing temperature of automotive clearcoats

Kevin Injoe Jung, Jun Ui Hong, Seung Man Noh, Hyun Wook Jung

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Abstract

A novel dual-curable blocked isocyanate crosslinker was designed for the simultaneous radical and urethane crosslinking of automotive clearcoats under low-temperature conditions. Three isocyanate groups on the three ends of the hexamethylene diisocyanate-based crosslinker were blocked using two different blocking agents: a thermal radical initiator (TRI) and dimethyl pyrazole. Clearcoats based on hydroxyl-functionalized urethane methacrylate oligomer resin and the hybrid blocked isocyanate crosslinker (BITD) were confirmed to be densely crosslinked by the simultaneous radial and urethane reactions occurring at the curing temperature of 130 °C, which temperature condition is lower than the conventional 150 °C. A comparison of the real-time curing behavior of clearcoat mixtures and the thermo-mechanical and surface hardness properties of the post-cured clearcoat films revealed that the crosslinking performance of a dual-curable BITD crosslinker was better than that of a mono-curable TRI and commercial blocked isocyanate crosslinker. This study demonstrated that through the correlation between crosslinking characteristics and coating performance, it is possible to actively implement the low-temperature curing technology of clearcoats by utilizing a dual-curable blocked isocyanate.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106611
JournalProgress in Organic Coatings
Volume163
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Feb

Keywords

  • Automotive clearcoat
  • Dual-curable crosslinker
  • Low-temperature curing
  • Radical crosslinking
  • Thermal radical initiator
  • Urethane crosslinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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