Acrylic or silicone

Acrylic or silicone

Acrylic and silicone are sealants, which are very similar in texture and appearance. Sealants come in any home or even in every apartment used, where the aim is to fill gaps. Whether one but used acrylic or silicone, depends on several factors. Especially course of the application areas of the two sealing compounds.

Table of Contents:

  • What exactly is acrylic-what exactly is silicone
  • Applications of silicone and acrylic
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Processing of acrylic and silicone
  • Conclusion

1. What exactly is acrylic and what exactly is silicone

Although silicone and acrylic are similar in nature and both products in the cured state are rubbery, so you can distinguish them yet. Acrylic is matte and gloss silicone. But this difference seen rather as a lay professionals. The fact is that silicone and acrylic are two very good sealant.



Unterschied von Acryl Dichtstoff und Silikon Dichtstoff

        Acrylic sealant                              Silicone sealant

2. applications of silicone and acrylic

As a layman, one would like to know where silicone and acrylic are used. This question is very easy to answer.

Silicone is used due to the elastic property in the areas where the ground is movable or working. Since silicone is water resistant, it is very often used in bathrooms. And sanitary silicone arises also very difficult to mold because it is a fungicide, which is very important in the wet bathroom. Silicone is permanently elastic and therefore best suited for joints in the bathroom, kitchen and expansion joints. Silicone joints can but his or own laundry in the kitchen beneficial. You can simply drag Silicone best silicone caulking around the shower seal or seal the tub.

- Expansion joints and connection joints in sanitary areas
- Sealing of expansion joints in the floor area and wall area

Acrylic is a plastoelastischer sealant that offers some advantages over the silicone. So is paintable acrylic and can be used by working environment for cracks in masonry, which is unheard of with silicone. Acrylic is ideal for applications where no contact or little contact with water. So in no damp proof. It uses the acrylic sealant for sealing joints and connections that bring no great strain claim with them. Slight variations in order and be compensated by the acrylic sealant. The acrylic sealant keeps really well on plaster on walls, glass, wood and plaster.

- Strain and connection joints with low pollution in interior design
- Joints and connections to concrete, aerated concrete, plaster, masonry, wood, plasterboard, fiber cement, shutter boxes, window sills, etc.
3. Advantages and disadvantages of acrylic and silicone

Acrylic has its advantages and disadvantages. An important advantage is that you can paint over acrylic. One disadvantage is also the one that acrylic is water permeable. Thus, it can not be used in damp places, otherwise you might get mold. And, unfortunately, there is yet another disadvantage, acrylic also draws well dust and dirt as it is coarser in structure than silicone. Acrylic has a volume shrinkage during curing on since release water and has but a long curing time is, for odor.

Even with the silicone What about the advantages and disadvantages of otherwise. One disadvantage is the silicone is not paintable. One advantage, however, is that silicone does not have a volume shrinkage. A further advantage would be just the one that is permanently elastic silicone as a sealant. And another advantage is clear of that silicone is waterproof! Therefore, in the silicone curing a vinegar smell which usually produce for sanitary silicones before it comes as proposed in the curing acetate as a cleavage product of the humidity. There are also odorless silicone.

4. Application of acrylic and silicone

Acrylic and silicone are both processed by hand pressure gun, caulking gun or air gun. They are thus processed with cartridges or foil bags. For both materials, but you should still pull off a finger or a spatula the surface. So there are no cracks or small holes, which would look ugly or would just make sure that the sealant is not properly sealed. In the acrylic sealant finger but must first be wetted with water. If you want to use silicone, one must know that a smoothing agent as a release agent is really necessary to create a nice silicone. When not in use this, the grout will either stick to the tool or the finger and you would draw the mass of the mold, which is not the intention.

5. Conclusion

The acrylic sealant and silicone have advantages and disadvantages, and different applications. Substituting acrylic or silicone properly fulfill both of these your job as a sealant very good.

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