Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


Cover - shares
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2020
Jul. 28, 2020
Cover [Abstract]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Quarterly Report true  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2020  
Document Transition Report false  
Entity File Number 001-36272  
Entity Registrant Name Element Solutions Inc  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code DE  
Entity Tax Identification Number 37-1744899  
Entity Address, Street Name 500 East Broward Boulevard,  
Entity Address, Suite Number Suite 1860  
Entity Address, City Fort Lauderdale,  
Entity Address, State FL  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 33394  
City Area Code 561  
Local Phone Number 207-9600  
Title of each class Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share  
Trading Symbol ESI  
Name of each exchange on which registered NYSE  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business false  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Shell Company false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   248,921,246
Entity Central Index Key 0001590714  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2020  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2