"[A company] has developed a family of "liquid solids" that are cured by
exposure to ultraviolet light for a few seconds. Made up of nano-size
particles (molecules measuring less than 1 billionth of a meter), the liquid
solids ...could possibly eliminate a lot of the expense involved in applying
protective coatings to electronic gadgets or patio furniture. It also
doesn't give off hazardous fumes."
How would you powder coat a room? Powder coated items need to be put
in an oven to cure. UV light would be far simpler. UV light cured
adhesives are what orthodontists use to bond brackets to teeth as speed
is paramount. There would be a huge, instant market for such a
The issue would be the UV threshold. I wonder how intense the UV light
would have to be to kick off the reaction.
Plywood's material cost was probably cost prohibitive until the
installation time and expense was factored in, which drew more people
to it, and which brought the plywood price down.
There's no reason to believe that an alternative painting process,
using a different curing method, would have a different economics
structure. Only time will tell.
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