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Vacuum Plasma Coating - Makes materials surprisingly water- and oil-repellent

An invisible fluoropolymer coating, just a few nanometers thick, is applied in a vacuum plasma process. The coating is permanent and makes the coated object highly water-repellent (hydrophobic) and oil-repellent (oleophobic). The coating can be applied on a variety of substrates including plastics, metals, paper, and textiles. The process is gas-based and therefore coats complex geometries including non-visible internal cavities.

Used for:
The process is used to waterproof mobile phones, hearing aids, sportswear, technical textiles, and industrial filters.

Plasma (an ionised gas) is used in a vacuum environment to activate the surface of the object to be coated. A monomer is then applied as a vapour that binds to the activated surface. Further plasma treatment causes the monomer to polymerise, thereby forming the nanocoating. The coating is applied at a temperature below 40°C, so most materials can be coated. Coated textiles do not show reduced breathability. The vendor sells turnkey processing solutions.

Create a silk tie that will not be stained.

The sample:
The samples measure approximately 90 mm x 90 mm. One of the samples is coated and it will not absorb water. Dip both samples in water to see the difference. 

All samples come with a laminated information card.

PS. We will send you a PDF of the datasheet for the material. We will CC the supplier when sending the mail, so you have the contact details if you need more information or support. 


Material Sample Shop sells material samples and small quantities of inspiring materials. You can use the samples to build your own material library or get materials for experiments.

All samples come with laminated information cards.

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