Synthetic Resin

Definition - What does Synthetic Resin mean?

A synthetic resin is a chemical substance that is artificially created to mimic the characteristics of its naturally occurring counterpart. Synthetic resins are noncrystalline or viscous liquids that are secreted from paints.

Synthetic resins are industrially manufactured through the process of polymerization, which involves the creation of chain-linked polymers, allowing for more stable, homogenous resulting structures than is present in naturally occurring resins.

Corrosionpedia explains Synthetic Resin

Synthetic resins occur in a wide range of products, such as plastics, paints and varnishes. Paints and coatings that are manufactured with synthetic resins provide better long-term corrosion protection of metal substrates because of their increased durability.

There are two main types of synthetic resins – thermoplastic and thermosetting. Thermoplastic resins can be softened and reformed by applying heat and pressure. This type of synthetic resin includes polyethylene resin and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

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