HMG Adhesive

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[H Marcel Guest LTD] A brand name for a Cellulose nitrate adhesive. HMG is composed of amyl acetate solvent (70%), cellulose nitrate (25%), dibutyl phthalate (~5%) plasticizer and small amount of a phenolic resin leveling agent. It has be used on wood, metal, glass, pottery and other porous substrates. It should not be used on rubber.

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Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in acetone. Insoluble in water.

Resources and Citations

  • Y.Shashoua, S.Bradley, V.Daniels, "Degradation of Cellulose Nitrate Adhesive", Studies in Conservation, 37:113-119, 1992.
  • Tom Rowland, Noel Riley, A-Z Guide to Cleaning, Conserving and Repairing Antiques, Constable and Co., Ltd., London, 1981
  • Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002
  • Ceramics and Glass Conservation Section, List of Workshop Materials, The British Museum, London
  • Conservation termlist: