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Dupont Duco Household Cement


[DuPont] A registered trademark for a series of cellulose nitrate adhesives, enamels, waxes and lacquers. Duco lacquers and enamels have been used for automobile and furniture finishes. Some artists experimented with their use for paintings in the 1930's and 40's (Lodge, 1988). Duco cement has been used as a temporary adhesive for repairing broken glass as the refractive index of cellulose nitrate is similar to glass. With age, it yellows, becomes brittle and looses adhesion.

Synonyms and Related Terms

pyroxylin lacquer

Hazards and Safety

Devcon: MSDS

Additional Information

Devcon: Website

R. Lodge, "A History of Synthetic Painting Media with Special Reference to Commercial Materials", AIC Preprints, New Orleans, LA, 1988.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Thomas Gregory, Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942
  • G.S.Brady, G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 172
  • Ralph Mayer, Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)