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Plastisol's History: Where did it come from?

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2/9/2015

Plastisol is a Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) material that was accidentally created two times before was able to be commercialized, once in 1838, and again in 1872.  In 1913 a German inventor, Friedrich Heinrich August Klatte, took out a patent on PVC using a method involving sunlight to make the material usable. After that, more and more people started to utilize this new material. Then, in the United States, a company hired an industrial scientist, Waldo Semon, to develop a synthetic replacement for natural rubber. He, like the scientists before him, was successful in creating this polyvinyl chloride that we know today. During the recession, in the 1920s, the material was threatened and was about to be abandoned until Semon came up with the idea of PVC as water resistant for fabrics. Soon after, the synthetic material took off and even replaced the traditional material used to insulate wiring on military ships.  Since then many more companies have started to produce PVC, and have found better ways to produce it and enhance durability.

In 1979 Allen Wright opened the doors of Wright Coating Company and started with two vinyl plastisol dipping lines. Since then our ability to coat with PVC has improved and expanded. We have added Powder Coatings and then expanded into Nylon 11. We are able to coat plastisol with our computer controlled dipping process or electrostatically. After we got comfortable with those we created our own proprietary processes: ClassicKote and Wrylon.

Plastisol is a great choice for coating metal parts to protect them against outdoor and indoor environments. Once the PVC is heated it gels and fuses into a smooth homogenous bond. After the part cools it’s highly regarded for its durability and soft look and feel. Our plastisol coatings are available in smooth or textured finishes, and in various colors. This coating is ideal for abrasive environments and can protect your parts from chemicals, high impact and corrosion. Our Plastisol is available for thin or thick applications on both large and small parts. Not sure if this coating is right for you? Contact us today or Request a quote and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. This durable coating is ideal for parts that need a strong finish and we’d love the opportunity to speak with you about it! 

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