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Four Factors Affecting The Fading of Plastic Products

May. 18, 2021

Plastic colored products will fade due to many factors. The fading of colored plastic products is related to the light resistance, oxygen resistance, heat resistance, acid and alkali resistance of pigments and dyes, and the characteristics of the resin used. According to the processing conditions and use requirements of the Injection Molding Machine, the required pigments, dyes, surfactants, dispersants, carrier resins and anti-aging additives can be selected after comprehensive evaluation of the above properties of the required pigments, dyes, surfactants, dispersants, and anti-aging additives during the production of the master batch.

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1.The light fastness of the light fast colorant directly affects the fading of the product. For outdoor products exposed to strong light, the light fastness level of the colorant used is an important indicator. The light fastness level is poor, and the product will quickly fade during use. The light resistance grade selected for weather-resistant products should not be lower than six grades, preferably seven or eight grades, and indoor products can choose four or five grades. The light resistance of the carrier resin also has a greater impact on the color change, and the molecular structure of the resin changes and fades after being irradiated by ultraviolet rays. Adding light stabilizers such as ultraviolet absorbers to the masterbatch can improve the light resistance of colorants and colored plastic products.

2. The thermal stability of a heat-resistant pigment refers to the degree of thermal weight loss, discoloration, and fading of the pigment at the processing temperature. Inorganic pigments are composed of metal oxides and salts, with good thermal stability and high heat resistance. The pigments of organic compounds will undergo molecular structure changes and a small amount of decomposition at a certain temperature. Of course, the Injection Moulding Machine Price is also an important factor. Especially for PP, PA and PET products, the processing temperature is above 280℃. When selecting colorants, one should pay attention to the heat resistance of the pigment and the heat resistance time of the pigment. Usually, the heat resistance time is 4-10m. 

3. Antioxidation Some organic pigments undergo macromolecular degradation or other changes after oxidation and gradually fade. This process is high temperature oxidation during processing, and oxidation occurs when encountering strong oxidants. After the lake, azo pigment and chrome yellow are mixed, the red color will gradually fade.

4. The fading of acid and alkali resistant colored plastic products is related to the chemical resistance of the colorant. For example, molybdenum chrome red is resistant to dilute acid, but is sensitive to alkali, and cadmium yellow is not acid resistant. These two pigments and phenolic resin have a strong reducing effect on certain colorants, which seriously affects the heat resistance and weather resistance of the colorants and causes fading.

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