Resorcinol formaldehyde resin

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Resorcinol reacts with Formaldehyde to form polymers. Resorcinol formaldehyde resins cure at room temperature. They form a very strong bond that is resistant to moisture, acids and weathering. Resorcinol resins are used as adhesives for wood veneers, plywoods, and for rubber-textile laminates.

Synonyms and Related Terms

resorcinol-formaldehyde resin; resina resorcinol-formaldehído (Esp.); resina de resorcinol-formaldeído (Port.)


Skin contact can cause irritation.

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in water, ketones and alcohols prior to curing.

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 667
  • Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979
  • Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 8323