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TEGO® VariPlus LK: Lower VOC Content in Pigment Concentrates

Pigment Concentrates

Emission limits for volatile organic compounds (VOC) are being lowered worldwide. As a result, coatings formulators are increasingly limited in their choice of raw materials and hence their formulations. TEGO® VariPlus LK, the new grinding resin, drastically lowers the VOC content in pigment concentrates for solventborne coatings and for the overall formulation.


Until now, solventborne pigment concentrates have generally  had a high VOC content, which affects the final VOC content of colored coatings. To reduce the high VOC content, Evonik has developed the grinding resin TEGO® VariPlus LK. This new resin reduces the viscosity of the concentrate, thus permitting optimized pigment loading. When used in combination with the dispersing additive TEGO® Dispers 676, the VOC content in the concentrate can be lowered by up to 75%. For the overall formulation, this means a VOC reduction of up to 100g/L when adding 20% concentrate.

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For the formulator, this means more formulation freedom, increased flexibility in the choice of raw materials, and greater color diversity.

TEGO® VariPlus LK is one of the first liquid grinding resins on the market. Until now, grinding resins have been supplied as granules which must be dissolved in a solvent. With TEGO® VariPlus LK, formulators will be able to eliminate this production step.

Advantages of TEGO® VariPlus LK

  • more formulation freedom

  • increased flexibility in the choice of raw materials

  • greater color diversity

  • elimination of production step "dissolving"

  • ultimate viscosity reduction with TEGO® Dispers 676

The new grinding resin is compatible with all common binders, with only minimal effect on coating properties.

Tested binder systems

  • short-oil alkyd resin

  • medium-oil alkyd resin

  • long-oil alkyd resin

  • self-crosslinking acrylate

  • 2-pack PU acrylate

  • 1-pack polyester

  • 2-pack polyester

  • polyether

  • poly-aspartic acid ester

  • epoxy resin

  • nitrocellulose

  • urea-formaldehyde resin

TEGO VariPlus LK-pigment loading
TEGO VariPlus LK-coating properties