Agateen Lacquer

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Description

A brand name for a cellulose nitrate based lacquer. Agateen lacquer #27 produces a crystal clear film that minimizes tarnish on silver and silverplate. In the 1980s, The Winterthur Museum began testing lacquer coatings and chose Agateen Lacquer #27, a cellulose nitrate polymer, to care for their silver collection. This coating provides the best visual results and is compatible with the silver surface, resulting in a durable bond. Agateen provides minimal visual intrusion, stability, and tarnish protection. However, there is a limited life expectancy for lacquer coatings - approximately 20-30 years dependent on environmental conditions. It may be applied by brushing, spraying or dipping. Agateen thinner is a solvent blend of methyl isobutyl ketone, toluol, butanol and amyl acetate that is sold for use with Agateen lacquer.

Synonyms and Related Terms

cellulose nitrate

Other Properties

Soluble in acetone.

Hazards and Safety

Becomes yellow and brittle with age.

Additional Information

Links to Oddy Test results posted on AIC Wiki Materials Database Pages for individual materials below

° Agateen tested in 2016


Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 436
  • Marie Svoboda, Conservation Survey Index, unpublished, 1997

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