Color Special Effects Technologies

RTP Company’s colorists know and understand the many variables that affect the way color is perceived in plastic application. RTP Company’s expertise in the field of coloring thermoplastics provides the creativity, consistency, and reliability necessary for success. Custom special effects from RTP Company are available as masterbatches, precolored resins or compounds.

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Metallic
Metallic Appearance Effects

Metallic

Adding metallic shine and shimmer will give your plastic applications the look of polished steel or brushed aluminum. With these metallic effects you will achieve a professional, polished appearance. RESINS: All MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: 2x Normal Color Charge
Glow-in-the-Dark
Glow-in-the-Dark Shifting Effects

Glow-in-the-Dark

Phosphorescent pigments absorb energy and re-emit it as light. A wide variety of daylight and after-glow color combinations are possible. Type 1 compounds charge quickly and offer brighter and longer after-glow properties. Type 2 compounds are more traditional in their properties, but are often more economical. RESINS: All (Transparent Better) MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: 8x to 10x Normal Color Charge
Pearlescent
Pearlescent Appearance Effects

Pearlescent

The radiance and luster of pearls are captured in an iridescent effect from light interacting with multiple surfaces. This effect is best achieved in resins that have high refractive indexes. RESINS: All MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: 4x Normal Color Charge
Camouflage
Camouflage Material Effects

Camouflage

By lowering the gloss of certain bright and shiny plastics, this technology can increase the perceived value of your application. RESINS: PP, ABS MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: 2x Normal Color Charge
Light Reflective
Light Reflective Functional Effects

Light Reflective

Highly reflective particles suspended in transparent resins offer the unique characteristic of reflecting light and intensifying the surface appearance, while light still passes through the material. RESINS: PP, PC, SAN, PMMA MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: 8x to 10x Normal Color Charge
Sparkle Mist
Sparkle Mist Appearance Effects

Sparkle Mist

Glass encapsulated pearlescent particles add a dramatic sparkle effect to applications. Glimmer effects require a smooth surface finish and a transparent resin. RESINS: PP, PC, PS, SAN, PMMA MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: 8x to 10x Normal Color Charge
Flourescent
Fluorescent Appearance Effects

Flourescent

Brightly colored pigments and dyes yield intense eye-catching colors that demand attention. RESINS: All MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: 2x to 4x Normal Color Charge
Chroma-Shift
Chroma-Shift Shifting Effects

Chroma-Shift

A precise combination of pigments and dyes causes a dramatic color shift between two contrasting tones. The resulting metamerism is commonly called a "chameleon effect." RESINS: All (Transparent Better) MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: Over 10x Normal Color Charge
Light Diffusion
Light Diffusion Functional Effects

Light Diffusion

Special light diffusing technology creates a smooth translucent or frosted look that is excellent for hiding internal components while still allowing significant light to be transmitted. Excellent for use with LED lighting. RESINS: PP, PC, SAN, PMMA MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: 4x Normal Color Charge
Security
Security Functional Effects

Security

Microscopic color-coded wafers and unique chemicals can be engineered into thermoplastic compounds. These technologies can be used to trace products and identify counterfeits. RESINS: All MODE: Masterbatch Only COST: 6x Normal Color Charge
Transparent
Transparent Appearance Effects

Edge Glow

Edge glow colorants absorb UV light and re-emit the energy in the form of longer wave lengths. The light reflects off the internal surfaces to create an glowing effect on edges. RESINS: PC, SAN, PMMA MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: 4x Normal Color Charge
Thermochromatic
Thermochromatic Shifting Effects

Thermochromatic

Change in temperature causes a change in hue for these compounds. Formulations can be keyed to specific temperature ranges. Hot or cold are possible. This effect is limited to low modulus resins. RESINS: PP, PE, TPEs MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: Over 10x Normal Color Charge
Wood Grain
Wood Grain Material Effects

Wood Grain

Selected pigments and special molding techniques are combined to produce characteristics akin to broad patterns seen in natural wood grains. RESINS: PP, PE, Styrenics MODE: Masterbatch Only COST: 4x Normal Color Charge
Infrared
Infrared Functional Effects

Infrared

Infrared thermoplastic compounds are tuned to be transparent or opaque to specific long wavelengths. RESINS: PP, PC, SAN MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: 4x to 10x Normal Color Charge
Stone/Granite/Marble
Stone/Granite/Marble Material Effects

Stone/Granite/Marble

Create the look and feel of natural stones and granite-like surfaces. Proprietary formulations can be adapted for various desired effects. RESINS: All MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: 4x Normal Color Charge
Edge Glow
Edge Glow Appearance Effects

Edge Glow

Edge glow colorants absorb UV light and re-emit the energy in the form of longer wave lengths. The light reflects off the internal surfaces to create an glowing effect on edges. RESINS: PC, SAN, PMMA MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: 4x Normal Color Charge
Tortoise Shell
Tortoise Shell Material Effects

Tortoise Shell

Contrasting, non-homogeneous pigments are added to translucent or solid base colors to create this shell-like appearance effect. RESINS: All MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: 4x Normal Color Charge
Laser-Markable
Laser-Markable Functional Effects

Laser-Markable

Laser light reacts with plastics to create crisp, permanent, abrasion-resistant marking. Special formulations create different colors, increasing contrast between the marking and the base material. RESINS: All MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: 2x Normal Color Charge
Iridescent
Iridescent Appearance Effects

Iridescent

Richness and an illusion of depth are projected by the shades of soft, yet intense color visible at varying angles from these otherwise milky appearing compounds. RESINS: All (Transparent Better) MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: 2x to 4x Normal Color Charge
Photochromatic
Photochromatic Shifting Effects

Photochromatic

Exposure to the UV rays in sunlight initiate a color change in these compounds, from light translucent colors to deep blue, red, or green tones. This effect is limited to low modulus resins. RESINS: PP, PE, TPEs MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: Over 10x Normal Color Charge
Low Gloss
Low Gloss Material Effects

Low Gloss

By lowering the gloss of certain bright and shiny plastics, this technology can increase the perceived value of your application. RESINS: PP, ABS MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: 2x Normal Color Charge
Laser Welding
Laser Welding Functional Effects

Laser Welding

A combination of colorants facilitate bonding by laser-welding of different polymers in black, colored and transparent applications. RESINS: PP, ABS, POM, PC, PMMA, PBT, PA 6, PES, PSU MODE: Masterbatch or Precolor COST: 8x to 10x Normal Color Charge