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Varnishes and their Components

Nature volume 113, page 743 (24 May 1924) | Download Citation



WITH few exceptions, books on varnish have been of the type of the craftsman's handbook. Empiricism ruled because the industry was more or less secretly pursued and many of the recipes had been adopted from practical experience, often without any insight into the fundamental changes involved. To understand the nature of varnishes, a knowledge of the properties of colloids, especially in non-aqueous media, is required. With the modern development of this branch of physical chemistry the art and craft of the varnish-maker is certain to be influenced.

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