[American Gilsonite Co] A registered trademark for a very pure, rock-hard, asphalt originally sold in the late 19th century. Gilsonite®, or uintahite, is a natural bitumen found only in the Uinta Mountains of Utah. It is very brittle and lustrous. Gilsonite® is used in black varnishes, lacquers, baking enamels, japans, linoleum, floor tile and paving where it increases resistance to acids, alkalis and water. In the early 19th century, Gilsonite® was often mixed with mica, asbestos, gums, or resins to produce electrical components. It is also the first solid hydrocarbon to be converted to gasoline.
Synonyms and Related Terms
uintaite; gilsonita (Esp.); asfaltita (Esp.); uintahite; Gilsonite; asphaltite; Utah coal resin; rock asphalt
Soluble in ethanol, turpentine, mineral spirits.
Softening point = 290-400F. Acid value = 2.3
Hazards and Safety
Skin contact may cause irritation.
American Gilsonite Co.: Website
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