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Fill Material


Microballoon fills

1) An inert powder added to a base material such as a paint, pigment, adhesive, plastic, paper, fabric, wax, or concrete. Fillers may serve multiple purposes such as: extend a matrix, dilute a color, decrease cost, provide bulk, increase strength, improve working properties or generally enhance performance. Examples of materials that are used as fillers are: Acrylic resin, Calcium carbonate, Barium sulfate, Clay, Diatomaceous earth, Glass fibers, Microballoons, Gypsum, Sand, Starch, Talc, Titanium dioxide.

2) A preparation made for filling gaps, cracks, pores, or holes. Examples are Dental plaster, Polyfilla, Mastic adhesive, Plastic wood, Gesso, steel stick, brummer stopper, Spackle, and Wax.

Paraloid B-72 and microballoon fills

Synonyms and Related Terms

fill; mastic (Fr.); charge (Fr.); relleno (Esp.); carga (Port.); diluent; extender; reinforcing agent; gap filling adhesive; cement; lute; filling compound; mastic

Resources and Citations

  • Wikipedia: Filler 9materials) Accessed June 2023
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  • Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • 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
  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • Tom Rowland, Noel Riley, A-Z Guide to Cleaning, Conserving and Repairing Antiques, Constable and Co., Ltd., London, 1981
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  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online,, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2000

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