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Finishing

Luxurious tan leather seating in a car

Finishing Takes Us into the World of Those Skilled Experts Who Assess the Haptic of Finished Leather Goods

Silicone is an integral part of the formulations which meet the diverse haptic requirements of the leather industry while enhancing the abrasion and wear resistance of the leather coatings. A broad range of silicone emulsions are available from Dow Consumer Solutions to allow formulators to dial in the touch while meeting the required abrasion resistance specifications. Dow Consumer Solutions silicone powders are used to help in matting the leather finish while retaining a luxurious soft touch.

With the emphasis on cost and the lower coating weight of synthetic leather, silicone is used extensively in the finishing coat for automotive applications, helping in the process of matching touch and appearance between adjacent leather and synthetic leather parts.

With the lower noise levels in automotive interiors, rattle and squeak are increasingly the source of complaints on automotive quality and Dow Consumer Solutions provides a range of solutions to tackle stick slip and related squeak problems.

As alternative technologies come under pressure, silicone will play an increasingly important role in the market for anti-soiling topcoats.