Glossary

Acrylic

Acrylic

Acrylic is a term that refers to products that contain compounds derived from acrylic acid (for example Polyacrylonitrille and PMMA) is a glassy thermoplastic that can be used in adhesives, paint, fillers and coatings or can be cast and moulded.

Acrylics are a collection of materials that pertain to a wide range of uses in many different products, such as Perspex glass, paints, adhesives and sealants.

Acrylic products, in general, offer a range of good qualities. For example, they offer adhesion, stretch and elasticity in paints, adhesives and sealants as well as dimensional stability and clarity, however, susceptible to solvents and combustible unless it is specifically designed not to be.

Most acrylic resin is generally water-based and is used in acrylic sealant. Acrylic paints are also water-based, due to water being used as a vehicle for an emulsion of acrylic polymers that serve as the binder.

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    Undertone

    Undertone is a term that refers to the subtle colouration that is added to a paint mixture that can be seen under the primary colouration. The undertone may not be easily noticeable but is greatly affective on the overall mood of the paint. Undertones can make a painted surface feel warmer by using undertones of […]

  • Absorbency

    Absorbency

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