Consolidating Adhesive Project

R Ploeger, Hans Poulis

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The consolidating adhesive project is an international collaboration which aims to develop a new adhesive specific for the consolidation of painted layers. Since starting in 2010, many interesting findings have been made, and new polymer-tackifier, and polymer-tackifier- wax blends, have been tested. The concept of component miscibility, and the effect it has on the final properties of the adhesive, is complex but fundamental to the development of a new product. To quantify the properties conservators most need, the initial focus was on understanding BEVA® 371, a widely used poly(ethylene vinyl acetate) based heat-seal adhesive. It was originally developed as a lining adhesive for paintings, and has been adapted by conservators for a variety of consolidating applications. However, its ideal consolidation performance properties are starting to be out-weighed by concerns regarding its long-term stability, as well as a formulation change. There is a need for a new adhesive tailored to the requirements of the conservation field. This paper will discuss the results obtained thus far, and the goals for the future. The project is entering a new phase, where we hope to continue to explore new blends, and have conservator testing on painting mock-ups.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2016 MRS Fall Meeting and Exhibit - Boston, United States
Duration: 27 Nov 20162 Dec 2016


Conference2016 MRS Fall Meeting and Exhibit
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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