Cardolite® NX - 5454

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Cardolite® NX - 5454 is a low viscosity, solvent and benzyl alcohol-free phenalkamine curing agent designed for epoxy coatings. It offers rapid cure properties, excellent chemical resistance, adhesion on various surfaces, and outstanding water resistance and corrosion protection.

Functions: Curing Agent

Chemical Family: Phenalkamines

End Uses: 1K (1 Component) Adhesive, 2K (2 Component) Adhesive, Epoxy Coating, Primer, Solventless & High Solids Coating

Compatible Polymers & Resins: Epoxies (EP)

Labeling Claims: Benzyl Alcohol-free, From Renewable Resources, Not Listed In California Proposition 65, Solvent-free

Features: Chemical Resistance, Corrosion Resistance, Excellent Adhesion, Fast Cure, Improved Flexibility, Improved Hardness, Long Potlife, Low Viscosity, Water Resistance

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Identification & Functionality

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Features & Benefits

Labeling Claims
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Product Benefits
  • Excellent combination of rapid cure and long pot-life at both ambient and low (<5°C/40°F) temperatures
  • Continues to chemically crosslink at very low temperatures (<0°C/32°F)
  • Excellent film quality even at low temperatures and high humidity
  • Good adhesion to poorly prepared surfaces and green concrete
  • Moisture tolerant during cure
  • Excellent early water resistance
  • Very good chemical resistance
  • Good flexibility
  • Compatible with most epoxy resins, solvents and theirblends
  • Superior corrosion resistance mitigating the need for anticorrosionpigments
  • Non-critical mix ratio
  • No induction time required
  • Solvent and benzyl alcohol free
  • Based from natural, renewable, non-food chain rawmaterial feedstock

Applications & Uses

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Compatible Polymers & Resins
Compatible Substrates & Surfaces
Adhesive & Sealant End Applications
Coating End Applications
Use Level
70 (phr, EEW 190)
Product Applications
  • Cardolite NX-5454 is usable in high solids or solvent free surface tolerant marine, industrial maintenance, protective, and floor coatings.
  • Good chemical and water resistance make this curing agent especially acceptable for concrete or metal tank linings and pipe coatings.
  • It can be used for coating applications under cold and humid conditions, even over damp and poorly prepared surfaces, and offers excellent film appearance at extreme conditions.
  • This product’s fast cure and good hardness make it ideal for applications requiring fast return to service.
  • Its ability to cure over a wide temperature range and non-critical mix ratio can bring coatings broad application latitude.

Properties

Color
Physical Form
Appearance
Yellow liquid
Typical Properties
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Theoretical Active Hydrogen Equivalent (based on total product weight)133.0-Calculated
Density (at 25°C)8.26lbs/galASTM D1475
Flash Point101.0°CASTM D93
Film Properties
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Film Appearance (Over Dry Concrete)Clear, glossy--
Cured Properties
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Thin Film Dry Times 8 Mils (at 0°C, at 200 micron, hard)10hoursASTM D5895
Thin Film Dry Times 8 Mils (at 0°C, at 200 micron, through)16hoursASTM D5895
Thin Film Dry Times 8 Mils (at 25°C, at 200 micron, hard)2hoursASTM D5895
Thin Film Dry Times 8 Mils (at 25°C, at 200 micron, through)4hoursASTM D5895
Thin Film Dry Times 8 Mils (at 5°C, at 200 micron, hard)7.5hoursASTM D5895
Thin Film Dry Times 8 Mils (at 5°C, at 200 micron, through)11hoursASTM D5895
Liquid Epoxy Resin (EEW 190)100.0pbw-
Cardolite NX-5454 Content70.0pbw-
Mix Viscosity (at 25°C)4300.0cPs-
Gel Time (at 25°C, 50 g)18.0minutesNTM-15
Film Appearance (at 10°C, 92% RH)Clear-Visual
Specifications
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Colormax. 14GardnerASTM D1544
Viscosity (at 25°C)700 - 1,200cPsASTM D2196
Amine Value270 - 310mg KOH/gASTM D2074
Volatile Lossmax. 3wt.%ASTM D2369-98

Regulatory & Compliance

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Technical Details & Test Data

Epoxy Curing Agents

FAST CURE IN EXTREME WEATHER

  • Cardolite phenalkamines and phenalkamides exhibit fast cure even at low temperatures, enable non- critical mix ratios, and show nice film appearance due to good compatibility with epoxy resins.
  • However, due to the long aliphatic side chain of cardanol, CNSL curing agents also have extended pot life and good flexibility.
  • The fast and low temperature cure combined with the good pot life properties of CNSL hardeners allow for wider adhesive application window and increased productivity.
  • Faster cure means quicker return to service for two component field applied adhesives.
  • In forced cure industrial applications, phenalkamines and phenalkamides can help save energy by lowering oven cure temperatures, or improving process efficiency via increased production line speeds.
  • Finally, by reaching a high level of crosslinking very quickly and not having a narrow mix ratio, failure risks are lowered and problems avoided when environmental conditions change after application.

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BONDING UNDER WATER

  • Cardolite curing agents are very hydrophobic due to the long aliphatic chain of the cardanol which provides excellent water resistance compared to other amine curing agents commonly used in the adhesive industry.
  • Phenalkamines and phenalkamides absorb much less water than competitive technologies which becomes more noticeable at higher temperatures exposure.
  • The hydrophobicity of CNSL products coupled with their fast cure allows adhesives to quickly develop strong bonds to wet metal, damp concrete, and under water structures.

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Bonding Under Adverse Conditions

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Cure Speed with D.E.R. 353

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Hardness Development

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  • Hardness Development at 10°C with D.E.R. 353

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  • Hardness Development at 25°C with D.E.R. 353

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  • Hardness Development at 10°C with Epon 828

Storage & Handling

Shelf Life
6 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.