Mold Release Agent perform the key task of preventing the adhesion of materials and molds. They also perform many auxiliary functions during the molding process, such as shortening production time, facilitating cleaning, and extending the life of the mold. Although there are many different release agent formulations suitable for a wide range of applications, the two most commonly used types in industrial applications include solvent-based release agents and water-based Mold Release Agents.
Solvent-based mold release agents are chemical materials that usually require petroleum refining to be used with materials such as metals and polymers. Solvent-based products that are considered "traditional" release agent types consist of relatively simple technology, which makes them very suitable for a wide range of applications such as rubber and polyurethane.
Water-based mold release agents rely on water as their main ingredient, not petroleum. Water-based agents are also suitable for various applications and are the first choice for concrete molds because the physical components of concrete work better with water. Many manufacturers are transitioning from solvent-based reagents to water-based reagents because the latter do not contain irritating chemical solvents that pose environmental or health risks.