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    3M™ Glass Bubbles for Paints and Coatings

    3M™ Glass Bubbles for Paints and Coatings

    Engineered additives for a new generation of high performance paints and coatings.

    3M™ Glass Bubbles are lightweight/high-strength hollow glass spheres, used as alternatives to conventional fillers in a variety of paints and specialty coatings, including spackling, caulks, adhesives, roof coatings and more.

    Learn more about 3M™ Glass Bubbles for Paints and Coatings

    These versatile additives are widely used to reduce formulation weight and lower viscosity. But they can also improve abrasion resistance and reduce thermal expansion. Eliminate shrinkage. Provide a better surface for sanding. And allow you to achieve higher filler loadings, to displace high-cost resins – without diminishing product performance.

    3M™ Glass Bubbles are available in a wide range of strengths, densities and average particle sizes, to meet various performance and processing requirements. The following chart lists the 3M Glass Bubbles most commonly used in paints and specialty coatings formulations.

    Product Target Crush Strength (90% survival, psi) True Density (g/cc) Particle Size (microns, by volume)
    Distribution
    10th% 50th% 90th% Effective top size 95th%
    K1 250 .125 30 65 110 120
    S15 300 15 25 55 90 95
    S22 400 .22 20 36 60 75
    K20 500 .37 25 55 95 120
    S32 2000 .32 20 40 75 80
    K37 3000 .37 20 45 80 85
    S38HS 5500 .38 15 40 75 85
    K46 6000 .46 12 40 70 80
    S60 10,000 .60 15 30 55 65
    S60HS 18,000 .60 11 30 50 60
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