Water Based Polyurethane for Industrial Coatings

Water Based Polyurethane Resins For Industrial Coatings

Five of our water based polyurethane resins have become true workhorses when it comes to industrial coating applications. UD-220, UD-250, UD-263, UD-211, and UD-270 provide a wide range of application specific performance characteristics for substrates of every kind.

Water Based Polyurethane Resins For Industrial Coatings

Please see our NMP-free waterborne polyurethanes page for alternative products that contain no NMP co-solvent

The Advantages of Waterborne Polyurethane Resins for Industrial Coating

By varying the ratio between the higher performing water based polyurethane resin and an economical acrylic emulsion, we’re capable of providing the appropriate cost/performance balance for your specific application.


  • Highly compatible with a wide range of acrylic emulsions commonly used in water based industrial coatings.
  • All five products are aliphatic polyester water based polyurethane resins.
  • All contain NMP co-solvent.

View our Product Properties Table for specific product properties.

The Advantages of Waterborne Polyurethane Resins

Our line of Industrial Coating Resins
A fine balance between hardness and flexibility for the ideal coating or adhesive for your Industrial application

The primary difference between these water based polyurethane resins is the balance of hardness vs. flexibility. The UD-220 and UD-250 are harder and more suited for substrates such as wood and rigid plastics whereas the UD-211 and UD-270 are more suited for flexible substrates such as flexible plastic film.

The UD-263 in particular is an excellent compromise between hardness, abrasion resistance, and flexibility making an excellent choice for flexible topcoat applications for substrates such as leather, bonded leather, and PVC.

These products are uncompounded water based polyurethane resins which may be suitable for some applications as supplied. However, they may require the addition of additives such as wetting agents, defoamers, thickeners, and or other additives to optimize them for your specific application. We would be happy to work with you to help customize these water based polyurethane resins for your requirements.

Polyurethane for Wood Coatings

Polyurethane is a versatile and popular choice for wood coatings due to its exceptional durability and protective properties. It is a synthetic polymer that forms a tough, clear, and glossy finish when applied to wood surfaces. Polyurethane wood coatings are known for their resistance to abrasion, chemicals, moisture, and UV radiation, making them ideal for various applications, including furniture, flooring, cabinetry, and trim.

Whether it's enhancing the natural beauty of wood or providing a robust shield against wear and tear, polyurethane coatings have earned their reputation as a top choice for wood finishing, adding both aesthetics and longevity to wooden surfaces.

Polyurethane for Leather Coatings

Polyurethane is a commonly used material for leather coatings due to its versatility and excellent protective qualities. When applied as a coating to leather products, it forms a durable and flexible layer that helps enhance the leather's appearance while providing essential protection. Polyurethane leather coatings are known for their ability to resist wear and tear, moisture, and staining, making them ideal for a wide range of leather goods, including bags, shoes, jackets, and upholstery.

Polyurethane for Plastic Coatings

Polyurethane coatings are commonly used to enhance the appearance and performance of plastic surfaces. Polyurethane's ability to adhere to various types of plastics makes it a preferred choice for applications ranging from automotive parts and consumer electronics to industrial equipment and outdoor furniture.

Polyurethane plastic coatings provide several key benefits, including resistance to abrasion, chemicals, and UV radiation. They can add a protective layer that prevents plastic surfaces from degrading, yellowing, or becoming brittle over time, thus extending the lifespan of plastic components and maintaining their aesthetic appeal.

Polyurethane for Vinyl Coatings

Polyurethane for vinyl coatings provide resistance to abrasion, moisture, UV radiation, and chemical exposure, making them particularly well-suited for applications where vinyl products are subjected to harsh conditions or heavy use. Whether it's adding a glossy finish to vinyl car interiors, protecting outdoor vinyl siding from the elements, or extending the life of vinyl flooring in high-traffic areas, polyurethane coatings are valued for their ability to enhance the aesthetic appeal and durability of vinyl surfaces.

Polyurethane for Metal Coatings

When applied to metal substrates, polyurethane forms a robust, corrosion-resistant, and long-lasting finish that safeguards against environmental factors, including moisture, chemicals, and UV exposure.

These coatings are commonly used in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, construction, and manufacturing, to enhance the appearance and performance of metal components. Whether it's providing a glossy finish to a metal automobile or protecting industrial machinery from rust and wear, polyurethane coatings play a vital role in preserving the integrity and aesthetics of metal surfaces while extending their lifespan.

Polyurethane for Textile Coatings

When applied as coatings or finishes to textiles, polyurethane creates a protective layer that offers a range of benefits.

These coatings can make fabrics water-resistant or waterproof, making them suitable for outdoor clothing, rain gear, and sports equipment. Additionally, polyurethane coatings improve the fabric's resistance to abrasion, stains, and UV radiation, extending the lifespan of textiles and maintaining their appearance.

Polyurethane for Film Coatings

These coatings are commonly used to create thin, flexible films that adhere to a wide range of surfaces, including metals, plastics, textiles, and more.

Polyurethane film coatings are known for their resistance to abrasion, chemicals, moisture, and UV radiation. They provide a protective barrier that helps extend the lifespan of the underlying material, making them ideal for applications like automotive paint protection films, electronic device screen protectors, and even medical equipment coatings.

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