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Phenolic Resin Solutions for Industrial Coatings

The SI Group offers a range of products for various coating and paint applications including phenolic resins, antioxidants, intermediates, and solvents. As one of the world’s largest antioxidant and stabilizer technology providers, SI Group’s portfolio of phenolic resins provides excellent corrosion and chemical resistance in many industrial and electrical coating applications.

Phenolic resins are used in many high-performance coating applications, where industries need outstanding corrosion protection against most acids, solvents, and salts. Resins, pigments, solvents, additives, and intermediates make up the SI Group portfolio for coating formulations. Phenolic resins alone in surface coating formulations may face common occurrences like rigidity, low color stability, and requiring thermal curing. Combining phenolic resins with additional resins like epoxy, polyester, or alkyds, allows for greater adhesion in surface coatings as well as chemical resistance.


Coating technology is a very complex process that involves resins, pigments, solvents, and additives. Cross-linking phenolic resin with alkyds and epoxy resin allows for outstanding metal surface coatings with high adhesion and chemical resistance. This compatibility with various blends offers formulators the chance to strengthen the inherent brittle phenolic resin films for a wider commercial applications.

Industry Resin Type Applications Compatible Systems
Metal Packaging Resols
Etherified Resoles
Metal coatings that are applied in the interior of the can for various foods, beverages, aerosols, tubes, industrial containers and drums. Epoxy, polyester
Industrial Coatings Resoles
Epoxy Novolacs
Industrial coatings for tank linings, pumps, machinery, marine, pipes, wash primers, hoods, and residential coil coating (HVAC coatings). Epoxy, alkyd, polyester
Electrical Insulating Coatings Resols
Etherified Resoles
Electrical coatings that protect the primary and secondary insulation of electrical components. Alkyd
Printing Inks Resols
Printing ink modifier that provides pigment dispersion, flowability, viscosity
and adhesion of the ink onto difficult substrates.
Rosin and other rosin
Powder Coatings Novolacs Modifier and curing agent for this specific coating application which can be applied electrostatically and cured under heat of UV. Epoxy

The SI Group's phenolic resin portfolio offers a variety of solid and liquid, reactive and non-reactive phenolic resins that provides the following property benefits:


  • Adhesion on difficult substrates
  • Compatibility with other resin systems
  • Flame retardancy
  • Dielectric capabilities
  • Chemical resistance
  • Thermal stability
  • Mechanical strength
  • Industrial anti-corrosion benefits


Phenolic resins are often used in combination with other materials as they require heat-curing and are often very rigid. But those blending capabilities offer outstanding benefits for coating formulators, and the following resols and novolacs are a great foundation for industrial coating applications.

Resin Name Application Form Solubility - Compatibility
FB-110 XB50 Industrial Protective Coatings Liquid Esters, Ketones
FB-190 Industrial Protective Coatings Solid Alchohols, Esters, Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Ketones
FB-209 BT57 Metal Can Coatings Liquid Xylene, Toluene, Aromatic Solvent 150,
n-Butyl acetate, Butyl glycol
FB-210 B60 Metal Can Coatings Liquid Xylene, Toluene, Aromatic Solvent 150,
n-Butyl acetate, Butyl glycol
FB-250 BX50 Industrial Protective Coatings Liquid Methyl ethyl ketone, n-Butyl acetate, Ethanol,
Isopropanol, Polyvinyl butyral,
Polyvinyl acetate, Short oil alkyd resins
SFC-112/65 Metal Protective Coatings Liquid Aromatic hydrocarbons, Alcohols, Ketones, Esters
SFC-112/72 Internal Metal Protective Coatings Liquid Aromatic hydrocarbons, Alcohols, Ketones, Esters
SFC-138B Varnishes Liquid Aromatic hydrocarbons, Alcohols, Ketones, Esters
SFP-121H Adhesives Flakes Ethanol, Toluene, Acetone, Ethyl acetate,
Cyclohexane, Methylene Chloride,
Trichloroethylene, Methyl ethyl ketone

SI Group Coating Additives

Phenolic resin coatings performance can further be improved by incorporating the SI Group portfolio of stabilizer additives. These thermally stable, non-volatile additives enhance the stability of the formulation during processing and curing while improving the longevity and service life of the phenolic resin coating. 


SI Group Antioxidants

Antioxidants, when introduced to phenolic resin coatings, protect against oxidative degradation of polymers from heat exposure. These additives provide increased durability and performance for the phenolic resin coatings.

Primary Antioxidants

Hindered phenolic radical scavengers that stabilize the phenolic resin coating over its service life.

Secondary Antioxidants

Phosphite peroxide decomposers that stabilize the phenolic resin coating during processing and application.

Antioxidant Blends

Offer synergistic effect of both primary and secondary antioxidants with less raw material (RM) to handle, non-dusting forms, and lower variability.

•       Primary antioxidant

•       Chemistry: Hindered phenolic

•       Ease of handling

•       Great compatibility and low migration

•       Non-discoloring and low viscosity

•       Low freezing (< -20 ℃)

•       Secondary antioxidant

•       Chemistry: Phosphite

•       Liquid form for ease of handling

•       Regulatory compliant and nonylphenol-free

•       Higher phosphorus content than alternatives

•       Used as TNPP drop in

SI Group UV Stabilizers 

Photochemical reactions caused by absorbed UV light will degrade the phenolic resin coating over its lifetime. The SI Group offers high-performance, regenerative UV light stabilizers that prevent photo-oxidation. 

Ultra Violet Light Absorbers (UVAs)

Absorb the light at  a certain wavelength and dissipate into heat.

Hindered Amine Light Stabilizers (HALS)

Scavenge radicals formed by interaction of light with the polymers.

  • UV Light Absorber (UVA)
  • Chemistry: 2-(2'-Hydroxy-3'-t-butyl-5'-methylphenyl)-5-chlorobenzotriazole
  • Outstanding light absorber that prevents oxidative yellowing and degradation

  • Protects unsaturated polyester coatings without discoloration

  • Hindered Amine Light Stabilizer (HAL)
  • Chemistry: Decanedioic acid, bis(2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-4-piperidinyl) ester
  • Can be used alone or in combination with oligomeric HALs
  • Superior stabilizer for coating applications facing low light stability


Interior metal substrates and various industrial coating applications require a strong foundation that protects the product from chemical stains and provides improved adhesion to difficult substrates. The SI Group portfolio of phenolic resins and additives offers many solutions depending on your application and curing technology. Contact us today if you have questions about which grade or additive works best for your coating application.

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