Focus on antimicrobial lacquers

Due to the current situation, we are currently experiencing an increased demand for antiviral or antimicrobial lacquer formulations. In general, there is a demand from hospitals, trade fair companies, public transport companies, animal breeding companies and hotel and restaurant associations for antiviral or antimicrobial solutions for a variety of different surfaces and uses.

At the moment, the focus is primarily on the Corona SARS-COV-2 virus (COVID-19), although it must be said that there is hardly any confirmed knowledge available and that most antiviral lacquer additives are in the testing phase.

Due to the dangerous nature of the virus, which can only be tested by very few highly specialized laboratories, testing for a Corona SARS-COV-2 effectiveness is extremly difficult.

In a globalized world with a growing number and complexity of contagion risks, protection against viruses and bacteria is an economic decision for the safety and continued existence of the company. With the antiviral or antimicrobial protection various product advantages can be achieved and new purchase arguments added to existing products. The market demand for antiviral product benefits is currently immense and will certainly continue in the long term.

The types of effectiveness:

An antimicrobial agent can be used against a wide range of microbes, i.e. against bacteria, fungi and even viruses. An antibacterial agent only fights bacteria. An antifungal agent fights fungi, an antiviral agent mainly fights viruses.

Unlike bacteria, viruses are not living beings, but the protein shells of the viruses can also be destroyed relatively well or the docking mechanisms can be switched off. There are various additives with antimicrobial properties that can be used depending on the application. Depending on the type and purpose, the agents pursue different goals: they kill or inhibit the microbial targets, or prevent them from settling.

The means of choice:

Copper has had a known antimicrobial effect for a long time and, like silver, has been used for plates or cutlery since the Middle Ages. Nowadays, the application takes place as an additive with copper particles or silver ions as part of the coating on the corresponding product. Zinc-based additives, which also have an antimicrobial effect, are also used in some applications.

Other plant substances e.g. Algae also show good antimicrobial effects and are further examined for their suitability as a lacquer additive.

When choosing suitable additives, attention should be paid to material neutrality and application neutrality. The antimicrobial paint additives should not reduce the color, feel, smell or other properties of the products such as chemical resistance or scratch resistance.

It is also important to demonstrate the durability of the effect or the durability of the antimicrobial property on the product to be coated. We advise you on the various options for providing your product with an antimicrobial coating, and we work with you to choose the most sensible solution.

Please contact us for specific inquiries about additives for antimicrobial, antibiotic and antiviral lacquers here.