Acrylic

Definition - What does Acrylic mean?

Acrylic is a synthetic resin and a mild alkaline polymer substance (methyl isobutyl ketone) used to make high-quality and durable acrylic coatings or paintings. It is classified according to application. Its excellent features make it useful in the processing and automotive industries as an ingredient and base in corrosion prevention substances like solvent-borne or water-based coatings, which can be used on plastics and construction materials.

Corrosionpedia explains Acrylic

The adhesion of coatings or paints made from acrylic resin is accomplished by a cross-link system. The cross-linking is improved by the use of additives like esters, alcohols, amino acids and other coating hydrocarbons. It has the following protection properties:

  • Transparent, glossy appearance and color stability
  • Relatively good weather, chemical, heat and solvent resistance
  • Workable and flexibility
  • Superior physical hardness and good adhesion
  • Fast-drying and pigment dispensability at ambient temperature

Acrylic resin is made from water-based acrylic polymers through solution or suspension polymerization; hence, it can be a liquid or solid when in use. It has been developed to minimize dispersion and emissions of hydrocarbons; thus the reduction in volatile organic content. The ingredients used to cross-link acrylic resin will determine the properties of the corrosion prevention substance used for coating purposes.

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