Hand modifiers that improve leather surface textures

Hand modifiers that improve leather surface textures

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To improve the hand-feel of leather surfaces, Stahl has a range of hand modifiers mostly for use in top coats for a range of leather applications, from automotive and garments to shoes and leather goods or upholstery. These modifiers come in silicone, wax, polymer and surfactant forms and can offer excellent wet and dry abrasion resistance and non-yellowing properties. Stahl’s portfolio also includes solvent-based hand modifiers. Whether you’re looking for a slippery, talc, waxy, soft, silky or natural texture, our portfolio has the solution to enable formulators and manufacturers to achieve the right quality hand-feel.

Main features
HM-183 Silicone Good dry and wet abrasion properties - Non yellowing - Good Martindale.
HM-443 Silicone Non yellowing - Natural feel.
HM-611 Silicone Good dry and wet abrasion properties - Non yellowing - Good Martindale.
EX-HM-683 Silicone Good dry and wet abrasion properties - Non yellowing - Good Martindale - BTX free.
HM-1179 Wax Excellent Taber resistance, soft draggy feel - Increase resistance to wet and dry rubs.
EX-HM-3130 Silicone Abrasion and scuff resistance - Lubricates glazing finishes.
HM-3139 Silicone Non yellowing - Keep gloss and transparence of glazed and polishable finish.
HM-3183 Silicone Promotes flow and levelling properties.
HM-13-377 Silicone Wet dry rubs (leather goods finish) - Natural feel.
HM-13-720 Silicone Good dry and wet rubfastness - Taber and Highwear properties - BTX free.
HM-13-843 Silicone Natural feel for high performance waterborne top coats.
HM-21-720 Silicone Good dry and wet rubfastness - Abrasion and scuff resistance - Non yellowing.
HM-51-760 Silicone Non yellowing - Buttery feel - Wet and dry rubs.
Lepton® Wax CS New Silicone Mild cationic silicone emusion.
Lepton® Wax WN Silicone Improves Taber and wet rubfastness - Improves levelling and defoaming.
Melio® Fettgriff SZ.A Wax Cationic - Dry, waxy feel.
Melio® Fettgriff TRA Wax Slightly cationic - Slightly dry, waxy feel.
EX-Melio® Ground P.A Polymer Strong stoppy - Waxy feel.
Melio® WF-5227.A Wax Excellent Taber resistance, slippery waxy feel - Increase resistance to wet and dry rubs.
Melio® WF-5230 Silicone Oily-smooth - Natural feel - No greying on dark shades.
Melio® WF-5238 Silicone Improves Taber fastness - silky slippery.
Melio® WF-5241 Silicone Improves soiling resistance.
EX-HM-4958 Surfactant Waxy and grabby feel for light finishes and natural leathers.
HM-22-132 Silicone Good abrasion and scuff resistance.
Melio® OF-5217.A Silicone Slippery, slightly waxy feel - Dilutable in water and/or organic solvents.

Find out about our hand modifiers and their properties by downloading the catalog.

High-performance hand modifiers for quality texture

Stahl’s portfolio of hand modifiers adds slippery, talc, waxy, soft, or natural touch to a range of leathers when added to top or base coats. Their applications include automotive, garment, shoes and leather goods and upholstery. Many of Stahl’s hand modifiers also provide additional properties such as dry and wet abrasion and rub resistance, non-yellowing, good Martindale abrasion performance, and good Taber resistance.

In particular, Stahl’s EX-HM-3130 silicone adds a slippery feel with abrasion and scuff resistance while lubricating glazed finishes, while our HM-3139 silicone adds a soft feel while retaining gloss and transparency. Our HM-3138 encourages flow and leveling while adding a natural texture. In addition, Stahl’s Melio® WF-5230 adds an oily-smooth natural texture with no greying on dark shades, and Melio® WF-5241 provides soiling resistance while adding a slippery texture.

Solvent-based hand modifiers

Our solvent-based hand modifiers are another addition to our hand-modifier portfolio and can be used for top coats, to add slippery or grabby textures. Stahl’s EX-HM-4958 surfactant gives a waxy, grabby texture for lighter finishes and natural leathers, while our HM-22-132 silicone offers excellent abrasion and scuff resistance, and the Melio OF-5217.A silicone adds a slippery, waxy texture and can be diluted in both water and organic solvents.

All of Stahl’s hand modifiers are part of our Stahl Neo® portfolio, which means that they comply with the ZDHC MRSL.

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Hand modifiers that improve leather surface textures
Joachim Henkmann
Global Marketing - Business Unit Leather Chemicals