Parylene is very different to typical liquid conformal coatings like acrylic, epoxy, silicone and polyurethane resin based materials.
When you buy Parylene it is a white powdered dimer.
This powder cannot be applied to circuit boards in its current state. The dimer requires specialist Parylene equipment that uses a Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) process. That is the dimer is placed inside the machine, a vacuum created and the dimer is then transformed to a gas vapour by being heated up.
This vapour created during the pyrolysis process can then be deposited on the printed circuit board as the Parylene coating.
This is very different to liquid conformal coatings. They start off as a “varnish” in a can or container and are applied to circuit boards by brushing, dipping or spraying. They then dry either naturally or artificially in some manner and the circuit board is now protected.
Where to buy Parylene
When purchasing Parylene it is important to find a source that provides a quality product. The purity of the coating is one of the key points in creating a successful Parylene process. Neglecting this fact can cause endless problems.
Remember that buying Parylene cheaply is easy. Buying cheap Parylene that is pure enough to protect the circuit board is another issue.
Thin film Partners can inform you of the right vendors who supply high-quality material and the pricing for each type. Then you can compare which vendor you would like to buy from.
This is a cost effective method to ensure you get the right Parylene coating at the right price.
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