Wax emulsion

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A creamy white stable aqueous emulsion of saponified wax. Wax emulsions are usually formed with Paraffin wax or Microcrystalline wax emulsified with an alkali or acid. When used as a paint, the emulsion may be mixed with small amounts of Resin, Drying oil, Egg, or Casein. Wax emulsions are also used for sizing and waxing paper or leather.

Synonyms and Related Terms

emulsión de cera (Esp.); émulsion de cire (Fr.); wax paint; saponified wax

Physical and Chemical Properties

Miscible in water. Soluble in turpentine.

Resources and Citations

  • Reed Kay, The Painter's Guide To Studio Methods and Materials, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1983
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
  • Contributed information: Richard Newman