Notebook, 1993-

MATERIALS & METHODS - Painting - Oil Painting - Binders and Diluents - Varnishes - Synthetic Resins

Characteristics - Painting Methods & Techniques - Materials and Equipment - Work Space & Storage - Manufacture of Pigments - Protection of the Picture

From: Kay, Reed. The Painter's Guide to Studio Methods and Materials. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1983.

Synthetic Resins - Acrylic [Methacrylate]

Various types of acrylic resins . . . . are manufactured under brand names such as Lucite or Elvacite (E. I. Du Pont, Inc.), Plexiglas, or Acryloid (Rohm and Haas Co.). Many of the acrylic resins are soluble only in strong solvents such as acetone or the aromatic hydrocarbons. However, a few, such as Du Pont's Elvacite 2044, which is n-butyl methacrylate, or Elvacite 2045, which is isobutyl methacrylate, can be dissolved in turpentine, V. M. and P. naphtha, or toluene. These resins are sold in the form of white granules or beads which may stick together in storage, especially in warm temperatures, to form soft chunks that look like dry artificial snow. They can be dissolved by the same method employed to make dammar varnish described on page 48. An acrylic resin already dissolved in mineral thinner is sold as Acryloid F-10 by Rohm and Haas Company.

Acrylic resins dissolved in petroleum thinners or turpentine are used in various brands of picture varnish ....for their clarity, flexibility, and agreeable gloss which is attractive to many painters.

Solutions of acrylic resins in petroleum solvents have been employed as fixatives and protective coatings for work done on paper in pastel and other drawing media...

Solutions of acrylic resin in turpentine and mineral spirits have also been used as binders for the artists' paints described [in documents related to synthetic resin paints and on page 198 in the book]. [p. 51]

[Kay, Reed. The Painter's Guide to Studio Methods and Materials. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1983.]



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