Totally recyclable paint
Used and unwanted paint is commonly sent to landfill. The incorrect disposal of paint can lead to environmental contamination as a result of the chemicals in the paint leaching into the soil and groundwater.
CSIRO’s Polymer Chemistry Team has partnered with Dulux to develop a totally recyclable water-based paint resin.
Using reversible cross-linking technology, dried paint no longer needs to be thrown out and can be reconstituted. Painted surfaces can be stripped without the use of harsh chlorinated chemicals.
The technology has been transferred to Dulux and has further potential applications as an undercoat, primer, sealer, clearcoat and adhesive.