Graphite paper

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Paper that has a thin coating of colloidal graphite on one side. Graphite paper is used to make tracing copies. Once transferred, the lines from graphite paper are as erasable as pencil lines. This is unlike the transfer lines obtained from carbon paper which contains an oil or wax binder to keep the carbon from smearing. Graphite paper has also been used as an antitarnish paper for shiny iron and steel objects.

Synonyms and Related Terms

carbon paper; copy paper; papier graphité (Fr.)

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
  • E.J.LaBarre, Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Paper and Paper-making, Swets & Zeitlinger, Amsterdam, 1969