Conformal Coating

Acrylic Conformal Coatings

Acrylic conformal coatings are liquid conformal coatings that often require use of solvents.  Acrylics are easy to rework but have poor chemical resistance.  They excel on printed circuit boards for moisture protection.  However, in applications with possible exposure to solvents, acrylic conformal coatings do not provide the best protection.


  • Ease of Rework
  • High Fluorescence
  • Simple Drying Process
  • Good Moisture Resistance
  • Ease of Viscosity Adjustment


Weaknesses of Cure Type

Solvent Evaporation

  • High VOC potential
  • Difficult to maintain viscosity
  • Requires close monitoring of solvent concentration, hence creates a 2-part scenario
  • Flammability
  • High probability of reversion under temperature and humidity stress conditions

Heat Cure

  • Cure is dependent on thickness
  • Component mass affects time and temperature of cure process
  • Susceptible to cure inhibition
  • Shrinkage (3% - 10%), potential for damaging fragile (e.g. glass) components
  • Should be used with caution for low temperature components

UV Cure

  • One-component coatings require accurate application material to avoid shadowed areas
  • Two-part systems require meter mix equipment
  • Some coatings are more difficult to rework
  • UV intensity and wavelength effects cure
  • Some secondary cure mechanisms require heat exposure
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