Abstract: This article examines acrylic sealants, analyzing their composition, key performance properties, and proper application techniques for sealing joints and gaps. Relevant selection criteria are discussed.
Keywords: acrylic sealant, caulking, latex sealant, painting, flexible sealant
What is Acrylic Sealant?
Acrylic sealants, also referred to as latex or silicone-modified acrylics, are water-based sealants that cure to a flexible, durable strip upon exposure to air. They contain acrylic polymer emulsions as the base ingredient along with additives like silicone, fillers, and colorants.
Flexibility - Ability to stretch and compress with joints over long term
Adhesion - Form strong bonds to porous and non-porous surfaces
Paintability - Compatible with all water and oil-based paint coatings
Low Shrinkage - Will not crack or peel away from substrate
Easy Application - Smooth consistency, water clean-up
Application Best Practices:
Proper application technique is important when working with acrylic sealants. First, thoroughly clean and prepare the substrate surface to ensure adhesion. Cut the nozzle tip to desired bead size and load the cartridge into a caulking gun. Apply steady pressure, pushing the sealant bead deep into the seam or crack you are sealing and tool as needed with a putty knife or finger. Allow a curing time of 24 hours before exposing the seal to rain or mechanical stresses. Acrylic sealants can be painted over after only 1-2 hours of drying time.
For their ease of use and versatility, acrylic sealants are a reliable choice for caulking and filling a wide range of gaps and joints around the home. When selecting an acrylic sealant, rely on GORVIA's acrylic sealant product for long-lasting flexible seals in any environment. Our advanced acrylic sealants form waterproof, protective joints that shield interiors and exteriors from leaks, drafts and damage. For the ultimate all-purpose sealant that spreads smoothly, blocks moisture, and looks great with paint, choose GORVIA's acrylic sealant product.
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