Cardolite® Lite 2020

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Cardolite® Lite 2020 is a low viscosity multipurpose resin modifier designed for use in coatings, adhesives, and other applications. It features a long hydrophobic aliphatic side chain of the cardanol molecule, providing excellent early water resistance and corrosion protection. It can be used as an epoxy diluent, allowing for enhanced workability and higher solids in formulations without sacrificing performance properties. It can also be used in alkyds, urethanes, and acrylics.

Chemical Family: Epoxy & Epoxy Derivatives

Labeling Claims: Biorenewable, Environmentally Friendly, Low VOC, Natural, Non-Reactive, Non-Toxic, Solvent-free

Compatible Polymers & Resins: Acrylics, Alkyds, Epoxies (EP), Polyurethanes (PU)

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Identification & Functionality

Features & Benefits

Labeling Claims
CASE Ingredients Features
Product Benefits
  • Lowers viscosity while maintaining performance
  • Preserves chemical and water resistance
  • Good dilution effect
  • Reduces high shear
  • Compatible and usable in a variety of coating chemistries
  • Improves pigment wetting
  • Reacts with urethanes, alkyds, and acrylic resin
  • Low volatility and high flash point
  • Based from natural, renewable, non-food raw material feedstock

Applications & Uses

Compatible Polymers & Resins
Adhesive & Sealant End Applications
Coating End Applications
Industrial Additives End Use
Use Level
1 - 20% (of total resin weight)
Product Applications
  • Cardolite LITE 2020 was designed as a formulation tool to reduce VOC levels and viscosity on coating systems used in heavy duty marine, protective, industrial, and floor coatings.
  • Although higher in viscosity than some other modifiers, the structure of this product gives excellent dilution efficiency to help rapidly reduce viscosity for improved pigment wetting, flexibility, and general application properties.
  • Coating physical properties such as water resistance, corrosion protection, color stability, chemical resistance, and gloss are not significantly compromised with the addition of LITE 2020, and the product can be added in in either component of multi-part formulations.


Physical Form
Orange brown liquid
Typical Properties
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Colormax.14GardnerASTM D1544
Viscosity (at 25°C)30 - 115 cPsASTM D2196
Hydroxyl Value170-ASTM D1957
Iodine Number188-ASTM D2075-92
Solid Contentmin. 97w%ASTM D2369-98
Density (at 25°C)8.03lbs/galASTM D1475
Flash Pointmin. 118°CASTM D93
pH Value6.7 - 9.7--
Free Cardanol Contentmax. 2.5%-

Regulatory & Compliance

Technical Details & Test Data

Dilution Properties

Cardolite® Lite 2020 - Dilution Properties - 1

Storage & Handling

Shelf Life
24 months
Storage Condition

Cardolite products may absorb moisture and carbon dioxide when left in open containers, which could result in increased viscosity, discoloration, reduction of reactivity, and/or crystallization of the products. These products should be kept tightly sealed in their original containers when not in use, and stored in a cool, dry place.