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Subject: Fire retardants and modern marouflage

Fire retardants and modern marouflage

From: Geoffrey I. Brown <gibrown>
Date: Thursday, April 29, 1999
In the prior messages regarding Sunbrella, the material is
characterized rather vaguely as a "synthetic".  In fact, Sunbrella
is (or was) acrylic, intended primarily for upholstering outdoor
furniture.  In order for it to perform as it does, in strong
sunlight and frequently wet conditions, I would guess that it
incorporates hefty additions of UV absorbers/blocking agents and
materials which act as fungicides or fungal repellants.  It is,
indeed, a very interesting and durable material despite the moderate
durability exhibited by other acrylic fiber textile products.

Geoffrey I. Brown
Curator of Conservation
Kelsey Museum
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1390, U.S.A.
Fax: 734-763-8976

                  Conservation DistList Instance 12:83
                  Distributed: Friday, April 30, 1999
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Received on Thursday, 29 April, 1999

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