PFA Teflon Coatings Explained


PFA (perfluoroalkoxy) industrial coatings melt and flow during baking to form nonporous films that cure thicker than most fluoropolymers and provide more excellent chemical resistance. What do you need to consider about High purity PFA slang.

PFA polymer chains contain carbon-fluorine solid bonds that make them exceptionally inert, protecting them from chemical corrosion and permeation while having low leaching rates, leading to very high purity standards.


People may recognize Teflon nonstick pans, but most don’t realize they’re only part of an extensive group of chemicals called per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These man-made chemicals are celebrated for making objects stain-, water-, or waterproof; examples include fast food wrappers, rain jackets, or the coating on some nonstick pans. Unfortunately, PFAS accumulates in the environment over time, leading to liver damage, reduced immunity levels, and possibly certain forms of cancer.

DuPont used PTFE, a form of PFAS, to produce nonstick coating for its pans bearing its name. Since then, some manufacturers have begun making nonstick cookware that doesn’t contain PFOA but often still contains other forms of PFAS molecules.

PFA, another PFAS substance, is often employed as the coating on other nonstick products and found in pipes and containers used for handling corrosive substances or critical processes. Furthermore, this coating acts like PTFE in that sticky materials such as oils and grease are easily dislodged from contact.

Heat Resistant

PFA (perfluoroalkoxy) coatings are non-porous, meaning that they can withstand extreme temperature conditions without cracking under pressure. PFA coatings can be applied to virtually any surface but are especially popular among chemical and abrasion resistance applications; in fact, they have even been known to withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees F without cracking!

PFA, like FEP, is co-polymerized with PTFE and commonly referred to by its trade name Teflon. PFA differs from PTFE in that it can be processed using conventional injection molding or screw extrusion techniques instead of melt processing by injection molding alone; PFA offers excellent corrosion and chemical resistance along with being non-odorous and inert; it may be sterilized using Gamma radiation, EtO or E-beam sterilization methods.

Ruby Red PFA coating is a high-performing filled liquid or powder PFA that features proprietary filler materials to minimize permeation while offering exceptional chemical resistance. Ideally suited for harsh applications like plastic lab equipment or sheet linings in chemical equipment where more expensive alloys and metals might otherwise need repairs, Glencore, a specialty metals processor, used to shut down their production lines every 2-4 months due to repairs until switching over to PFA lining systems.

Corrosion Resistant

PFA (perfluoroalkoxy alkane) is a co-polymer of PTFE that has numerous applications within industrial settings. PFA boasts superior creep resistance, chemical inertness, and flexibility, as well as more excellent material toughness and transparency than its PTFE counterpart.

PFA polymers feature strong fluorine-carbon bonds within their chains, making them among the most resilient of fluoropolymers and rendering them resistant to chemical corrosion, permeation, and reaction processes – an advantage when handling potentially corrosive materials or performing critical procedures.

PFA stands out from PTFE by being suitable for melt processing, giving it improved flow and thermal stability that prevents stress cracking under high-stress environments. Furthermore, it stands up well to various solvents and chemicals, including phenols and aromatics.

PFA is often utilized as tubing for chemically hazardous substances or sheet linings on chemical equipment, and Process Technology uses it in our TIH inline chemical heaters and Pulsar point-of-use (POU) exchangers. Ruby Red PFA provides additional protection from corrosion by helping reduce chemical permeation risk, offering exceptional corrosion protection during chemical processing processes.

Chemical Resistant

PFA (Perfluoroalkoxy) stands out among fluoropolymers when it comes to resisting chemical corrosion and permeation, thanks to its tight fluorine-carbon bonds within its polymer chain that prevent atoms and molecules from detaching, making PFA virtually impervious to chemicals. PFA can withstand strong acids, organic solvents, mineral acids, and strong alkalis, as well as high temperatures with temperature cycling conditions without breaking down or becoming permeable.

PFA is often utilized in laboratory settings for equipment exposed to aggressive chemicals. Its leakproof capabilities make it ideal for bottles such as Nalgenes and graduated cylinders; moreover, it boasts the lowest extractable among fluoropolymers, thus making it suitable for geochemical or environmental work where trace metal contamination may be an issue.

PFA shares many characteristics with PTFE, yet there are distinct distinctions. One key distinction is its melt-processability through conventional injection molding and screw extrusion techniques compared to non-melt processable PTFE, as well as different mechanical properties like lower water absorption and superior permeation resistance. Glencore, a specialty metals processor, was used to close production every 2-3 months due to repairs until switching to ECM’s PFA lining solution. Since then, they haven’t needed any shutdowns!

High Temperature Resistant

PFA is one of the more robust fluorocarbon materials, boasting excellent chemical resistance and temperature tolerance. However, PFA may be slightly more sensitive to water absorption and weathering than its PTFE counterpart; additionally, it has lower flex life expectations, isn’t as easily folded repetitively, and is more resilient against stress cracking than PTFE.

Ultrahigh purity applications find this material especially suitable due to its very low leaching and production of few cations or anions – perfect for medical instruments!

PFA Teflon coatings have one significant advantage – they’re adaptable! From glass, stainless steel, aluminum, or other substrates – PFA Teflon can be applied easily across a wide variety of surfaces such as glasses or stainless steel tanks to walls or floors – and their longevity depends on factors like usage conditions such as temperature exposure timeframe and centrifugation stresses. When choosing specific applications for this material, it is wise to consult a data sheet so you can select the ideal product to meet your requirements.