Oligomers for Formulating Nail Coatings

Oligomers for
Nail Gels

Oligomers for LED-Curing Nail Gel Coatings

Formulate Nail Gel Coatings that Look Salon Fresh Longer


LED-curing nail gel coatings formulated with Bomar® oligomers have a non-yellowing, high-gloss finish and exhibit excellent durability. These oligomers generate low heat during LED-cure and are easily removed with acetone and are created with low MeHQ levels for low skin irritation. Oligomers for gel nail coatings are INCI registered and meet many global regulatory conditions. LED-curable coatings provide significant advantages over broad-spectrum UV coatings including faster cure times and reduced energy and maintenance costs associated with LED-curing equipment.

Formulating your gel nail coatings with Bomar® oligomers helps overcome common issues like low gloss, color drift, regulatory compliance, premature chipping, and high heat generation during cure. Dymax oligomers are ideally suited for top coat, color coat, or base coat LED-curable nail gel polishes sold in professional salons or do-it-at-home kits. These oligomers cover a diverse range of mechanical properties allowing complete formulation flexibility, making it easy for formulators to get the desired coating properties. We recommend that you speak directly with our Sales and/or Technical Teams to choose the right oligomer for your application.

If one of our existing oligomers do not provide the desired properties for your application, Dymax O&C can work with you to develop a custom oligomer. We also offer contract manufacturing services for companies that would like to outsource synthesis.

  • Low heat generation to eliminate skin irritation/sensitivity during cure
  • Easy removal with acetone
  • Diverse mechanical properties for formulation flexibility
  • Non-yellowing, high-gloss finish for vibrant coatings
  • Excellent durability for longer lasting salon fresh look
  • INCI registered oligomers

Oligomers for LED-Curable Nail Gel Coatings

Oligomer Features & Benefits Viscosity, cP Tg (DMA), °C* Durometer

BR-541S Ideal for nail gel applications; stable color; gloss finish; optically clear; improves adhesion; weatherability 3,000
(@ 60°C)
44 62D

BR-742M Ideal for metal, glass, and nail gel coatings; improves adhesion; excellent balance of hardness & flexibility; low skin irritation/sensitivity; non-yellowing 100,000
(@ 50°C)
65 79D

BR-742MS Ulra-low levels of MeHQ; high gloss; excellent adhesion to metals and glass; non-yellowing 30,000
(@ 60°C)
67 79D

BR-744BT Improves adhesion; provides impact resistance; enhances flexibility; non-yellowing; weather resistant; low MeHQ levels; gloss finish; low skin irritation/sensitivity 44,500
(@ 60° C)
-18 69A

BR-952 Ideal for nail gel applications; fast curing; low color; provides toughness; low MeHQ; high-gloss finish; Bisphenol A free; non-yellowing; low viscosity 7,800
(@ 25°C)
159 90D

BRC-443D Ideal for nail gel applications; low MeHQ; improves adhesion; enhances hardness; non-yellowing; low water absorption; increases weatherability; provides acid and alkaline resistance; high-temperature resistance; abrasion resistance; gloss finish 20,000
(@ 50°C)
41 62D

BRC-843D Ideal for nail applications; low MeHQ; low water absorption; non-yellowing; hydrophobic; gloss finish; high-temperature, abrasion, and alkaline resistance; enhances hardness; improves adhesion; increases weatherability 4,150
(@ 60°C)
45 60D

XR-741MS Forms a clear, non-yellowing protective coating; superior hardness; low skin irritation/sensitivity; chemical resistance 8,000
(@ 75°C)
110 90D

*Peak tan delta; cured with 2 phr of Omnirad™ 481