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Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with medium substitution. Yields viscosity of 4,000 cP at low addition levels.


Product Overview

METHOCEL™ F4M is a water-soluble cellulose ether polymer. It is based on high purity, and non-ionic hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC). At addition levels of 2 to 3% it yields a viscosity of 4,000 cP.


METHOCEL™ F4M is widely used in ceramics, extrusion, coatings, adhesives, paint strippers, inks, and chemical processing. The product can be utilized as a binder, thickener and rheology modifier in a variety of industrial applications.

  • Ceramics: METHOCEL™ F4M is used as a binder and rheology modifier in ceramics extrusion and casting applications. It also improves workability and finishes quality by providing improved lubricity and smoother surface finishes.

  • Coatings and Inks: METHOCEL™ F4M is commonly used as thickener in coatings and inks. It provides exceptional film and protective colloid properties. The product also improves workability and water retention in water based inks and coatings.

Features & Benefits

Water-soluble, can be added directly to aqueous systems
Improves properties such as adhesion, spreadability, and homogeneity
Advanced rheology control
Provides water-binding properties
Enables gelation, reversible gelation with heating
Superior binding for ceramics and high solid applications
Wide range of PH stability
Thermal gelation, gels goes back into solution upon cooling

Product Specifications

Methoxyl: 27.0 - 30.0%
Hydroxypropoxyl: 4.0 - 7.5%
Viscosity, 2% in water @20°C: 3,500 - 5,600 cP

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