Source: Dow Corning
are amazing materials with a unique potential to improve the world we share.
you know... silicones have revolutionized the textiles industry! Silicones make
clothing more stylish, comfortable, and easier to care for. They also give
automotive and industrial textiles high-performance capabilities. With proven
silicone technology, manufacturers worldwide can create fabrics, clothing, and
sporting goods that are ideal for todays active lifestyles.
excel in both fashion and industrial textiles applications:
- Silicone fabric
finishes bring a wide range of benefits to fashion textiles. They add softness,
reduce shrinkage and improve wrinkle recovery, tear strength, abrasion
resistance, and loft recovery. They can also improve water repellency or water
antifoams possess the properties required to control foam in harsh textiles
fabric coatings maintain their flexibility and stability over a wider range of
temperatures than organic coatings. So the coatings do not become stiff and
brittle in the cold or degrade when exposed to heat.
- In apparel,
silicone coatings are breathable, comfortable, and suitable for skin contact.
- In automotive,
manufacturing, construction, and sporting goods applications, silicone coatings
are strong, durable, and resistant to heat, cold, moisture, UV rays, fire, and
- Silicones can
be very cost effective to use, because they are easy to process and effective
at low use levels.
Silicones enable manufacturers to take textile finishing beyond simple coating,
waterproofing, and softening to create functional fabrics, intelligent
textiles, as well as high-performance textiles for industrial applications.
Textile screen printing:
Silicones are helping expand opportunities for textile screen printers. Recent
advances in silicone textile printing inks are enabling screen printers and
brand-name apparel manufacturers alike to produce durable, high-quality screen
printing that looks great, feels soft, and is wash resistant. The ink has high
elongation (good stretch and recovery properties), so it is well suited for use
on fabric with 15-20 percent spandex content.
inks can require 12-15 layers to achieve optimal coverage. Screen printers can
achieve the same effect with only three layers of the new silicone inks. The
result is a less bulky finish, lower material usage, faster production cycles,
and labor cost savings.