Aquaflow NLS-200


For low shear (KU) viscosity build in waterborne paints and coatings

Aquaflow NLS-200 rheology modifiers is a nonionic synthetic associative thickener (NSAT) designed to build Stormer viscosity and provider superior flow and leveling in latex paints.

Aquaflow NLS-200 NSAT is compatible with acrylic, styrene-acrylic, vinyl acrylic and vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) latexes can be used in interior and exterior paint formulations.


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Typical Properties

Chemical TypeHydrophobically modified polyether
AppearanceHazy white liquid
Solids, weight %25
Carrier80/20 water/diethylene glycol monobutyl ether
Viscosity(b) as supplied, mPas(cps)3,000-4,500
Density, lb/gal, g/ml8.73, 1.05

(a) Values are typical properties and are not to be regarded as product specifications.
(b) Brookefield LV readings at 25 degrees C.

Product Benefits

  • Cost effective
  • Superior flow and leveling
  • Excellent spatter resistance
  • Full gloss development
  • pH insensitive
  • Biostable

Applications and Formulation

Aquaflow NLS-200 NSAT can be used in a variety of paint formulations and is fully compatible with other rheology modifiers. For example, using Aquaflow NLS-300 NSAT with Aquaflow NLS-200 NSAT will increase high-shear viscosity. Adding Natrosol Plus modified hydroxyethylcellulose (HMHEC) can enhance sag resistance and color development.

When used as the sole thickener, some low shear NSATs will exhibit excellent anti- sag properties but may also adversely impact the flows and leveling. The addition of a high shear thickener to such symptoms will provide the excellent sag resistance and flow and leveling balance.


It is recommended that Aquaflow NLS-200 rheology modifier be incorporated into the paint formulation before the addition of the latex.

Packaging and Storage

Aquaflow NLS-200 NSAT is supplied in plastic drums of 00 kilos net or in totes of 1050 kilos net. It is recommended to use the product in rotation on a first-in-first-out basis. The product should be stored under dry and clean conditions at room temperature in its original packing away from heat.


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