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Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 399, Issue 9, pp 2921–2937 | Cite as

Study of behaviour on simulated daylight ageing of artists’ acrylic and poly(vinyl acetate) paint films

  • María Teresa Doménech-CarbóEmail author
  • Miguel F. Silva
  • Elvira Aura-Castro
  • Laura Fuster-López
  • Stephan Kröner
  • María Luisa Martínez-Bazán
  • Xavier Más-Barberá
  • Marion F. Mecklenburg
  • Laura Osete-Cortina
  • Antonio Doménech
  • José Vicente Gimeno-Adelantado
  • Dolores Julia Yusá-Marco
Original Paper

Abstract

This work proposes a multi-method approach that combines advanced microscopy (SEM/EDX, AFM) and spectroscopy (UV-vis and FTIR) techniques. This approach not only characterises the behaviour of the additives of two commercial poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and acrylic emulsion paints but also simultaneously characterises the changes in chemical composition and morphology observed in the paint films as a result of ageing due to the paints being exposed to an intense source of simulated daylight. In parallel, a series of mechanical tests were performed that correlate the chemical changes in composition and the changes observed in the films’ mechanical properties. This work was a comparative study between both types of acrylic and PVAc paints. The results obtained are of great interest for the modern paint conservation field as they provide valuable information on the mid- and long-term behaviours of these synthetic paints.

Figure

Tensile test of phthalocianyne blue Liquitex® paint film

Keywords

Surfactant Acrylic artists’ paint PVAc paint FTIR spectroscopy AFM Tensile tests 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Financial support is gratefully acknowledged from the Spanish “I+D+I MICINN” project CTQ2008-06727-C03-01/BQU supported by ERDEF funds and from the “Generalitat Valenciana” I+D project ACOMP/2009/171 and the AP2006-3223 project ascribed to the Predoctoral Stages Programme of Universitary Researchers in Spanish Universities and Research Centres from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN). The authors wish to thank Mr. Manuel Planes i Insausti and Dr. José Luis Moya López, the technical supervisors responsible for the Electron Microscopy Service at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • María Teresa Doménech-Carbó
    • 1
    Email author
  • Miguel F. Silva
    • 1
  • Elvira Aura-Castro
    • 1
  • Laura Fuster-López
    • 1
  • Stephan Kröner
    • 1
  • María Luisa Martínez-Bazán
    • 1
  • Xavier Más-Barberá
    • 1
  • Marion F. Mecklenburg
    • 2
  • Laura Osete-Cortina
    • 1
  • Antonio Doménech
    • 3
  • José Vicente Gimeno-Adelantado
    • 3
  • Dolores Julia Yusá-Marco
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Restauración del PatrimonioUniversidad Politécnica de ValenciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian InstitutionSuitlandUSA
  3. 3.Dpt. Química Analítica. Facultad de QuímicaUniversidad de ValenciaBurjassotSpain

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