Limitations of HEC Thickener & Solution to Overcome Them

Maha HEC thickener

Are you one of the formulators who use HEC thickener? Then you are on the right page!

For South East Asia water based decorative paint formulator, they are using variable rheology modifier to achieve their desired paint performance. At the same time, most of them still prefer to use hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) thickener as their first choice of rheology modifier.

Below is the reason for SEA paint formulator still prefer using HEC as first choice of rheology modifier in decorative paint:

Reasons for choosing HEC Thickener

  • HEC thickener generally more efficient increase paint viscosity as compared with other rheology modifier
  • It is easy to use as compared with Hase thickener
  • It is 100% solid & powder form
  • It is cost efficient for HEC thickener as compared with other Rheology modifier.

Disadvantages of HEC Thickener

However, there is few disadvantages of HEC thickener. Hence, paint formulator still needs other rheology modifier to combine with HEC thickener in their paint formulation.

Below is disadvantage of HEC thickener:

  • Poor leveling
  • Poor spatter resistance
  • Poor film build
  • Poor water resistance

How to overcome the limitations of HEC thickener?

Bermocoll EHM series is a series of advanced HEC thickeners that can encounter above mentioned problem. Techology using hydrophobic groups as associative thickening in Hydrophobically modified Alkali Swellable Emulsions (HASE) & polyurethane (PUR) is adopted and hydrophobic groups are transplant onto cellulosic polmers to modif conventional HEC group into advance HEC group (Bermocoll EHM series).


The table below shows EHM grades available:

Categories EHM Product Range Viscosity (mPas)* @ 1% Solution
Associative Cellulosic Thickeners EHM Extra 250-450
EHM 200 350-700
EHM 300 1700-3000
EHM 500 7000-10000

Below is interaction mechanism between Bermocoll EHM series with other raw materials in paint in order to build up the network & viscosity:

Mechanism of Bermocoll

Efficacy of Bermocoll EHM Series

There are several noticeable efficacy owned by Bermocoll EHM series.

  • Better film build & hiding
Hiding Power
  • Better Spattering Resistance
Spattering Resistance
  • Better Flow & Leveling
Flow & Leveling

Our product details can be referred from the following:

Hydrophobically modified ethyl hydroxyethyl cellulose.; Associative non-ionic water-soluble cellulose ether that improves the rheological properties of water based paints.
BERMOCOLL EHM 300 is associative non-ionic, water-soluble cellulose ether that improves the rheological properties of water based paints.

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