ELIMINATE water-based coatings with UV Coatings – Rather than reduce your drying time with water-based coatings, ELIMINATE all drying time with UV Coatings.

MACOMB, MI – January 21, 2020 – Allied PhotoChemical’s response to a recent article published in a leading Tube Magazine that promoted the reduction in drying time with water-based coatings – It totally missed the mark!

The best solution available for US Manufacturers of Pipe and Tube is to implement UV – UltraViolet cured coatings.

Outlined below are some of the claims outlined in the article:

CLAIM No. 1 – Water-based coatings: Reduce Workers’ exposure to solvent health hazards

  • – Water-based coatings can still contain co-solvents
  • – Wet coating downstream – Humidity & temperature effect water-based coating drying

Solution: Allied UV: 100% solids UV coatings do not have solvent – So, eliminate solvent exposure

CLAIM No. 2 – Benefit from the environmentally friendly properties with water-based coatings

  • – Water-based coatings still require ovens and/or expansive drying tables
  • – Water-based coatings can still contain co-solvents
  • – Water-Based coatings can still contain VOC’s

Solution: Allied UV: 100% solids UV do not use ovens, have no solvents and no VOC’s or HAP’s

CLAIM No. 3 – Reduction in drying time

  • – Customer reduced drying time to 15 minutes – 900 seconds is a lifetime
  • – Why reduce drying time when you can eliminate drying time

Solution: Allied UV: UV is instant cure – Eliminate your drying time

CLAIM No. 4 – Water-Based – Calling your product GREEN is misleading….

  • – Green and Sustainable processes do not have ovens for 10 minute drying, large floor space for 15 minute drying, releasing VOC’s into the atmosphere
    • – Oven drying time at 40C / 110 F – 10 minutes – UV is instant
    • – Ambient air-drying time with ventilation = 15 minutes – UV is instant

Solution: Allied UV: UV is instant dry / No ovens / No air dry

CLAIM No. 5 – Water-based has less fumes than Solvent-based

  • – Not a realistic comparison – Both can have dangerous fumes / exposure to workers

Solution: Allied UV: No VOC’s – Volatile Organic Compounds and No HAP’s – Hazardous Air Pollutants

In conclusion, UV coatings offer the best overall solution for US Pipe and Tube Manufacturers.

UV Technology Advantages:


  • Run production lines much faster lines speed – Improved ROI


  • Smaller physical foot-space – Eliminate gas and electric ovens
  • Less quality costs
  • Significantly reduced energy costs
  • Less work-in-process
  • Quality costs – No uncured coating downstream / No mess to clean up


  • This technology eliminates all Environmental emissions – So no VOC – Volatile Organic Compounds or HAP – Hazardous Air Pollutants are released into the environment.

If you would be interested in learning more how UV could improve your process/product, please feel free to contact me at any time.

About Allied PhotoChemical, Inc.
Allied PhotoChemical is a leading formulator and producer of UV, Solvent and Water-based coating technologies. Allied focuses on the capabilities of high quality product development, application and customization to exceed their customers’ needs and expectations. Allied’s products help customers achieve true ROI – Return on their Investment. Allied’s Customer FIRST initiatives put the Customer FIRST!.

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