Melamine resin

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Any synthetic resin made with melamine and an aldehyde. The most popular melamine resin is melamine formaldehyde. Developed in 1933 by CIBA, it was widely used for molded plastic products. Butylated melamine resins are used in paints and enamels. They cure to a hard, durable glossy film that is chemically resistant. Melamine acrylic resins have been used for automotive finishes. In the late 1990s, melamine was successfully made into fibers (Basofil®). The low-cost fibers are resistant to high temperatures but have low tensile strength and are often blended with other fibers such as aramids.

Synonyms and Related Terms

melamine; resina de melamina (Esp.); résine mélamine (Fr.); resina melaminica (It.); resina de melamilna (Port.)

Examples: Melmac; Formica® [Formica]; amino resin Basofil® [BASF]


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Physical Properties for Selected Thermoset Resins

General Characteristics of Polymers

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 501
  • ASTM, "Standard Terminology Relating to Paint, Varnish, Lacquer and Related Products", Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Section 6, Paints, Related Coatings and Aromatics, ASTM, D16, 7-Jan, Jul-96
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002
  • Thomas C. Jester (ed.), Twentieth-Century Building Materials, McGraw-Hill Companies, Washington DC, 1995
  • Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988