Antistatic agents are commonly added to VCI (volatile corrosion inhibitor) films to reduce static buildup on the film surface. Static electricity can attract dust and debris, potentially compromising the effectiveness of the VCI film. Here are some antistatic agents commonly used in VCI films:

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds

These compounds, such as alkyltrimethylammonium bromides or alkylbenzyldimethylammonium chlorides, are effective antistatic agents. They function by neutralizing the surface charge and preventing the buildup of static electricity.

Ethoxylated Amines

Ethoxylated amines, also known as ethoxylated fatty amines, are commonly used as antistatic agents in VCI films. They disrupt the formation of static charges on the film surface.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)

PEG is often used as an antistatic agent in VCI films due to its ability to reduce surface tension and dissipate static charges.

Conductive Polymers

Some VCI films may incorporate conductive polymers, such as polyaniline or polypyrrole, to provide antistatic properties. These polymers facilitate the rapid dissipation of static charges.


Certain surfactants, such as alkyl sulfates or alkyl phosphates, can act as antistatic agents by reducing the surface tension of the film and promoting the dispersal of static charges.

Carbon Black

Carbon black may be added to VCI films to impart antistatic properties. Carbon black particles dispersed throughout the film matrix can help dissipate static charges.

Metallic Additives

Some VCI films may incorporate metallic additives, such as aluminium flakes or zinc particles, to enhance conductivity and reduce static buildup.