What Additive Makes an Acrylic Medium Dry Tacky?ApproveRejectUn-ApproveSubscribeUn-Unsubscribe
Question asked 2016-12-14 23:46:43 ...
Most recent comment 2016-12-15 00:03:00
I mostly use GAC 700 and Specialty Polymers BH61 because I like their clarity when dry. They both have very high solids content. While they seem similar in many regards they are very different in their tackiness when dry. GAC 700 is very tacky and BH61 is very hard. I notice GAC 700 will be flexible soon after it is dry but BH61 will take weeks to become flexible. After they are fully cured both can be bent completely over without breaking. I wonder if the "gumminess" of GAC 700 occurs because it is made to be flexible sooner and if this occurs by an additive that creates the stickiness of the final film and what that additive might be? I have tried propylene glycol but I don't think that is it. Also I notice that BH61 will sometimes form fine cracks (not fissures) in certain drying conditions and I wonder if this is related to the tackiness?
Answers and Comments
Ulysses Jackson, one our formulators in the Lab and a member of our R&D Department, provided this information which should help explain things a little more:
"The Tg of the binder in GAC 700 is higher than the listed Tg of http://www.specpoly.com/product/raycryl-61/ - or rather 16°C vs 11°C for the H61 . Could not find BH61 but believe B stands for binder
What possibly may be occurring is that we have some slower evaporating coalescing agents in our formulated product that would not be present in a neat resin. This would explain the sense of tackiness. Over time this would reduce as they are volatile all be it slow. "
Hope that helps and if you need additional information or further explanation about the above, just ask.
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Golden Artist Colors
EditDeleteModerator AnswerI would also like to add that this BH61 acrylic polymer is a product that is designed to suit "exterior industrial" purposes. Industrial products are not necessarily any better-suited for art purposes....in fact they may even cause problems in the future. For a bit of a perspective on this I refer you to number 13 in our "Myths, FAQs, and Common Misconceptions" document which you can download from our Resources section.
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