Most Nylon (or polyamide) Coatings are tough, semi-crystalline coatings with excellent thermal and chemical resistance. The different type of nylon coatings (Nylon 6, Nylon 66 and Nylon 12) offer a wide range of performance qualities with specific gravity, melting point, and moisture content.

Nylon coatings are one of the most versatile and performance proven engineering thermoplastics. Nylon coatings are hygroscopic which means they absorb moisture from their air. This absorption continues until equilibrium is reached (generally 2.4% moisture for unfilled Nylon 6 at 50% relative humidity). In general, the impact resistance and flexibility of nylon increases as nylon takes on moisture, while tensile strength and stiffness decrease. The level of moisture absorbed is dependent on temperature and humidity while the rate is also influenced by crystallinity and part thickness. Preconditioning can be adopted to ensure parts achieve ultimate physical properties before being placed in service.

Industrial nylon coatings provide good resistance to most chemicals including hydrocarbons. Because nylon is a condensation polymer, however, it can be attacked by strong acids, alcohols and alkalis. Because of their high melting point, nylon coatings can be used in high temperature environments. Heat stabilized systems allow sustained performance at high temperatures.

Trade names include: Duralon and Rilsan.

Nylon coatings can be engineered with the following attributes:

  • Impact Modified. To improve strength and stiffness.
  • Glass and Carbon Fiber Reinforced. To improve strength, stiffness and dimensional stability at high extrusion temperatures.
  • Glass Fiber & Impact Modified. To improve strength, stiffness, dimensional stability at high extrusion temperatures, and enhanced surface appearance.
  • Mineral Reinforced. To enhance strength, stiffness, and maintain chemical resistance.
  • Glass & Mineral Reinforced. To achieve exceptional balance of mechanical properties with minimal warpage.
  • Flame Retardant. To comply with standards, including: UL94 V0, V2, 5Va, GWFI/GWIT.
  • UV and Heat Stability
  • Color, Anti-Stat, Anti-Microbial. Nylon coatings can be customized to various requirements.

Duralon N6, N66, N12

Duralon is from the family of nylon-based compounds, mainly compounded using Nylon 6, Nylon 66, and Nylon 12 polyamide resin. Duralon compounds are specifically designed for a highly diversified range of injection, blow, extrusion and rotational molding applications.

Variations in formulation allows for compounds with a wide variety of performance attributes, whether it is for high flexibility, impact resistance, stiffness, dimensional stability, tensile strength or enhanced surface finish with excellent processing conditions.

Duralon grades can be engineered for enhanced processing conditions. These nylon coatings can deliver a rich uniform surface appearance even with the addition of reinforced additives such as glass fiber. The end result is lower reject rates, better aesthetics and faster cycle times.

Duralon is used widely for injection molding applications but can also be formulated for extrusion and blow molding. Duralon compounds can be used for many applications such as a replacement for metal parts or car engine components. Exceptional electrical insulation, corrosion resistance and toughness make Duralon a good choice for high load parts in electrical applications such as insulators, switch housings, and cable ties. Another major application of Duralon is power tool housings and sport applications (such as ski bindings and in-line skates). This is because it has excellent fatigue properties and provides high impact and mechanical strength.

Applications for Industrial Nylon Coatings

Automotive & Transportation

Industrial nylon coatings offer exceptional resistance to abrasion, chemicals, impact and temperatures and include inertness to oils. They are flexible and machining suitable. They feature a low friction coefficient, noise and vibration dampening and electrical insulation.

Applications Include:

  • Battery housings
  • Bus bars
  • Fuel and break lines
  • Hand rails and safety equipment
  • Sliding door and seat rails
  • Spline shafts
  • Springs, brackets, clips and safety belt fasteners
  • Straps


Industrial nylon coatings are used extensively in the construction industry for everything from nuts and bolts to power tools and heavy equipment. Nylon coatings offer adhesion and elasticity, tightening effect, and smooth surfaces.

Applications Include:

  • Nails
  • Self-locking screws
  • Screw patch
  • Power tools
  • Heavy equipment

Exterior Applications

Anti-corrosive properties and a wide variety of colors make industrial nylon coatings ideal for many outdoor applications. Nylon coatings are resistant to corrosion, weather, UV, impact and cleaning agents. Graffiti is easily removed from nylon coated surfaces.

Applications Include:

  • Fences and banisters
  • Garden and park furniture
  • Lamp posts
  • Playground equipment
  • Stadium seats

Gas & Oil

Low moisture absorption and outstanding stability at high temperatures make nylon coatings ideal for use in gas & oil industries. Nylon coatings provide exceptional resistance to chemicals (including hydrocarbon), corrosion, wear, impact, and UV light.

Applications Include:

  • Gas and water injection lines
  • Injection tubing
  • Nitrogen and hydraulic lines
  • Oil and gas production and test lines
  • Pumping stations


Industrial nylon coatings are remarkably durable and offer outstanding surface protection for applications in the medical field. Nylon coated surfaces are warm-to-touch, smooth and easy-to-clean. Nylon coatings offer lightweight durability and resistance to chemicals, heat sterilization and corrosion.

Applications Include:

  • Ambulance stretchers
  • Coated medical instruments, trays and other equipment
  • Hospital furniture (including beds and wheelchairs)
  • Supports and bathroom equipment for people with disabilities

Mining Industry

Nylon coatings are used widely to extend the life of equipment in the mining industry. They offer outstanding resistance to impact, abrasion, weather, UV light, corrosion, cleaning agents, and chemicals, including inertness to oils. Nylon coatings can provide a smooth surface with a low coefficient of friction.

Applications Include:

  • Buckets and scoops
  • Conveyor rollers
  • Dewatering components
  • Haul truck beds
  • Mine carts
  • Piping
  • Rotary drum driers
  • Weirs

Roller Industry

Featuring hardness that can withstand uniform pressure, industrial nylon coatings are suitable for roller and textile applications. They offer superior resistance to wear, inks, and solvents, and provide a smooth surface finish with low friction.

Applications Include:

  • Printing rollers
  • Rollers for textile, pharmaceutical, food processing applications

Water & Water Treatment

Low moisture absorption and outstanding stability make nylon coatings ideal for use in water and water treatment. Nylon coatings provide exceptional resistance to corrosion, wear, impact, cavitation and UV light. They are also compliant with drinking water specifications in US, Europe and Japan.

Applications Include:

  • Cross fittings, elbow joints, Y-joints
  • Pipes and fittings
  • Valves, flanges, couplings

Wire Goods

Industrial nylon coatings are widely used for wire goods, including racks, dishwasher baskets, and shopping carts. They offer excellent resistance to alkaline and chlorinated hot water, wear, impact, temperatures and stains. In addition, they can comply with FDA regulations for food handling.

Applications Include:

  • Dishwasher baskets
  • Shopping carts
  • Cleaning carts
  • Racks


Desert Coating’s technical specialists ensure you receive the right Nylon coating for a your application.