From single family homes to large industrial plants, paints and coatings are the first line of protection for the buildings that shelter our businesses and lives. And weathering the elements year after year – while keeping down initial and long-term costs – requires the right materials.
3M™ Glass Bubbles provide a high performance, alternative to conventional fillers in a variety of paints and specialty coatings. These hollow glass microspheres are used as density-reducing additives, helping lower formulation weight and viscosity, and contribute a variety of functional benefits ranging from scratch resistance to solar reflectivity.
Available in a wide range of strengths, densities and particle sizes, 3M glass bubbles can help meet the performance and processing demands of your application. View our Selection Guide to help identify the grade of 3M glass bubbles with the optimal balance of properties for your formulation:
Conventional filler (left) vs filler with 3M™ Glass Bubbles (right) shows low shrinkage and neither cracks nor sagging
The high strength, low density and unique physical properties of 3M glass bubbles can provide a number of advantages compared to paints and coatings formulated with conventional, irregularly-shaped fillers:
Cool isn't just a matter of comfort. Effective solar management – or the lack of it – can have a significant impact on your bottom line. Testing shows that solar reflective roof coatings formulated with 3M glass bubbles can offer a number of performance and cost benefits compared to typical "cool roof" coatings.
In addition to their traditional use in building products for energy conservation, solar heat management coatings are expanding into new and exciting fields such as transportation.
3M glass bubbles are supported by our global sales, technical and customer service resources. Contact us for more information, including formulation assistance or questions about a specific application.
When it came to choosing the right paint, architect R Weber turned to Solance and Solar produced by paint manufacturer Maxit®. The exterior paint has special properties thanks to the addition of 3M™ Glass Bubbles that make it able to deal with extreme humidity and high solar irradiation.
With average temperatures rising creating more heatwaves, a barrier against solar radiation is needed to protect façades and keep buildings cooler in hot climates. Explore how paint manufacturer CERABRAN®created a new exterior coating that keeps building up to 4°C cooler.
Using a calibrated formulation of the finest raw materials, including 3M™ Glass Bubbles, Italian paint manufacturer Resinacolor has created a revolutionary heat-reflective and self-cleaning paint.
Microreflex is a complete new internal and external coating system from Italian manufacturer Chiraema that has been formulated using 3M™ Glass Bubbles to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and reduce condensation.
Only one percent of the building stock in Europe is currently energetically renovated every year - too little to achieve the climate protection goals. The European Commission has therefore launched the “Renovation Wave” initiative, with the aim of at least doubling the renovation rate in the next ten years. A whitepaper from the multi-technology company 3M provides information on the background, priorities and measures.
Explore innovative solutions to enhance the performance and durability of your paint formulation with a free consultation with our technical experts.
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