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alan genser
(alan) - F - M

Locale: NE
Interesting new spray-on nano-silicone coating on 02/03/2010 09:21:16 MST Print View

http://www.physorg.com/news184310039.html

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Interesting new spray-on nano-silicone coating on 02/03/2010 09:34:44 MST Print View

Looks interesting indeed.

I wonder exactly how water resistant it is. Same goes for its supposed breathability.

Could maybe help prevent silnylon misting issues? Seam sealing benefits?

Any of the chemically and technically schooled members of BPL know anything about this?

Thomas Tait
(Islandlite) - F

Locale: Colorado
Re: Interesting new spray-on nano-silicone coating on 02/03/2010 13:47:36 MST Print View

From the limited information in the article it looks like they developed a room temp sol-gel process for coating surfaces. There is a gas phase process that creates a silica surface that is used to line stainless steel tubing and sample collection vessels to render them "inert". You can even use it on some plastics and fabrics. The gas phase process creates a very durable surface but it will wear off. If they have created the same type of surface using a liquid phase application it could be a very effective product. My guess would be that you would have to re-apply the coating similar to the DWR finishes that exist today.

Nicholas Luhr
(nhluhr) - F
NOT SILICONE!!!! on 02/03/2010 21:07:59 MST Print View

This spray has nothing to do with silicone.

It's a suspension of silicon dioxide (aka sand) in alcohol or water.

Edited by nhluhr on 02/03/2010 21:08:39 MST.