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Acrylic resins are a group of related thermoplastic or thermosetting plastic substances derived from acrylic acid, methacrylic
acid or other related compounds. Polymethyl acrylate is an acrylic resin used in an emulsed form for lacquer, textile
finishes, adhesives and, mixed with clay, to gloss paper. Another acrylic resin is Polymethyl methacrylate which is used to
make hard plastics with various light transmitting properties.
Acrylic resin is a general term for any one of the plastics (resin) generated through chemical reaction by applying
polymerization initiator and heat to a monomer.
The chemical name for the resin produced from the methyl methacrylate monomer (MMA) is polymethyl methacrylate
(PMMA). MMA is a transparent and colorless fluid substance. One of the main characteristic features of PMMA is its high
transparency. With its high weather resistance, it has been known to last over 30 years, it does not easily turn yellow or
crumble when exposed to sunlight. Polymethyl methacrylate is used not only for transparent windows in aquariums but also
for various items such as signboards in places like convenience stores, taillights of automobiles, bathtub liners, sinks, cell
phone display screens, backlight optical waveguides for liquid crystal displays (LCD) and so on.
The advantages of Acrylic resins: 
Better stain protection (washability)
Better blocking ('strap down')
Resist cracking and blistering better
Resistance to alkali cleaners
1. ^ acrylic resin definition, TheFreeDictionary quoting The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
2. ^ Methyl Methacrylate epa.gov, 2000, 'a colorless, volatile, flammable liquid that is soluble in warm water'
3. ^ Dean Sickler. "Water-based Alchemy" . Retrieved August 11, 2012.
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