Standard Fluoropolymers

Thin Film Partners LLC offers coating services for various types formulations of fluoropolymers and our services include:

  • Complete coating services
  • Select coating platforms and hardware (including automated delivery systems)
  • Coating feedstock- some custom formulations
  • Technical instruction

Definition- A polymer comprised of fluorocarbons and characterized by carbon-fluorine bonds. Chemically inert, fluorocarbons are not susceptible to Van der Waals force and this lends to their signature properties: non-stick and friction reducing…(hydrophobic and, at 0.05-0.10, it has one of lowest coefficients of friction). Owing to the fluorine bonds, fluoropolymers demonstrate a high level of durability as well as resistance to acids, bases and most solvents.

Fluoropolymers - Applications and use:

  • Non-stick coatings
  • Chemical resistance
  • Dry film lubricant
  • Dielectric properties
  • FDA Approved
  • Sterilizable
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Moisture barrier
  • Mold release
  • Wear resistance

Markets served

  • Aviation, Aerospace
  • Defense
  • Automotive
  • Industrial
  • Oil & Gas
  • Electronics
  • Medical/Pharmaceutical
  • Mold-release

Products coated with fluoropolymers:

  • Automotive parts (gears, rotors, pistons)
  • Commercial bake-ware
  • Glassware, labware
  • Machine parts/components
  • Printing equipment
  • Sintered metal parts
  • Catheters, guidewires
  • Fasteners
  • O-rings, gaskets, seals
  • Silicone rubber
  • Solenoid, springs, coils

Specialized, High Performance Fluoropolymers for:

1) Metals (Industrial & Specialized) Thin, ultra low friction surface Moderate cure temperatures Hear and pressure resistant Optically clear Resists most solvents and chemicals Long lasting performance Hard, durable barrier protection Abrasion resistant Anti-corrosion

2) Blades, scalpels, needles, tubes, guidewires Ultra-thin, hard film Enhances smooth cutting Friction-reducing Biocompatible

3) Rubber Low friction rubber coating For O-rings, gaskets, seals Maintains durometer/flexibility Color coding available Excellent elongation

4) Wire Mandrels, coils, tubes Low friction, non stick Thin, uniform film Colors available Reel-to-Reel capabilities Strong adhesion

  • Complies with Medical use
  • Use with all stainless steel, nitinol, silver/copper wire,

5) Textiles, Ultra hydrophobic, non-stick No occluded pores Uniform coating coverage Colors available Reel-to-Reel coating Chemical barrier Corrosion resistant Excellent adhesion

Applications for modified fluoropolymers and similar OTHER chemistries with like properties and/or utilization:

1) For Electrosurgical devices (a silicone/epoxy composite) Enhanced performance Non-stick properties Prevents high heat damage Robust and durable Permanently bonds to metals Smooth, non-porous surface Suitable for medical (biocompatible) Suitable for food industry

  • Highest degree of abrasion and mechanical resistance…superior resistance over PTFE or silicone surgical coatings (4H Pencil hardness)
  • Controlled deposition thickness from 0.0003” to 0.003”
  • Can be conductive or insulating
  • No PTFE or PFOA
  • Temperature resistant to in excess of 700°F (840°F short spike)
  • No hot spots
  • No C5 or phosgene smoke
  • No loss of performance with gamma radiation
  • Bonds to any metal surface
  • Black in color
  • Ideal for bonding to most metals, tubes needles, mandrels, probes, blades

2) For Elastomers/Silicone rubber Low coefficient of friction (0.31) Medical (USP Class VI) Thin film (13 microns) Strong chemical bonding Superior to other films Survives autoclave Anti-microbial Excellent elongation

3) Hydrophilic formulations Low friction when hydrated Colors available Adheres to metals, rubber, plastics Low temperature cure Thin (.0002 to .0004”)