What are acrylic sealant and silicone sealant and where are they used?
Acrylic sealant and silicone sealant are often referred to as silicone. What are the differences between acrylic sealant and silicone sealant?
Acrylic sealant is a sealing material made from water-based resins and has the ability to be painted. This feature makes it an ideal material for interior and exterior finishes.
Care must be taken to avoid direct contact with water. After application, it dries and hardens. The material is environmentally friendly and provides protection against pests and dust that can appear when filling gaps in the surface.
It is used indoors and outdoors, usually to fill gaps in buildings and finish materials. It is made from water-based acrylic resins. It is not suitable for use in areas having direct contact with water.
When applied, it has a semi-solid and elastic paste consistency. It dries and hardens in a short time and can be coated. This feature makes it an ideal material for interior and exterior finishes. The filling of cracks prevents the appearance and nesting of pests. It is highly resistant to moisture, low and high temperatures. It can be easily applied with a gun. It is resistant to weather conditions and maintains its flexibility for a long time. It is antibacterial and environmentally friendly.
- Indoors and outdoors,
- Caulking cracks and gaps,
- Installation of expansion joints between elements of prefabricated buildings,
- Fixing joinery made of aluminum, wood or PVC,
- At the joints of joinery,
- Eternit in a combination of aluminum roofing and facade sheets,
- In construction and plumbing,
- It is often used in various surface transitions.
Before application, the surface must be cleaned of all dirt, debris, dust and foreign materials and must be dry.
After filling the gaps, the surface of the sealant is smoothed.
After the application step, wait for the sealant to dry. It should be protected from outside influences until it dries.
Silicone is a material that exhibits high adhesion and can be used in areas directly exposed to water, remains flexible at low and high temperatures and is used in many industries, especially in construction.
PROPERTIES OF SILICONE
- Its most important feature is its high adhesive strength.
- After drying, it has a permanent flexible structure.
- It retains its flexibility at low and high temperatures.
- It can also be used in places that directly interact with water.
- It does not shrink and retains its elasticity.
- Mold resistance.
- It can be used in places that are directly exposed to water. Exhibits resistance to mold. Maintains permanently its elasticity and does not shrink.
AREAS OF APPLICATION
- Mainly indoors,
- Construction industry,
- For bonding mirrors,
- Aquarium manufacturing,
- Wherever bonding and sealing is required,
- Aluminum, wood and PVC joinery,
- Bathtub and Washbasin Installation,
- Swimming Pools,
- It is often used in vehicle insulation work.
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ACRYLIC SEALANT AND SILICONE
Acrylic sealant can be painted after it has dried and cured, while silicone cannot be painted.
Silicone does a better job of being waterproof. Silicone is used in wet areas such as bathrooms, sinks and bathtubs.
Silicone is a more flexible and durable material. Acrylic sealant has a life span that varies depending on the conditions of the area where it is used.
Silicone is easier to apply.
Acrylic sealant is more effective at filling gaps and has a smoother, more even surface.