Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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microcrystalline wax

A WAX obtained from the heavy lubricating oil fraction derived from crude oil, subsequent to the removal ofPARAFFIN (WAX) . Its characteristics resemble those of the natural waxes closely, including its high melting point, high viscosity, flexibility at low temperatures, and high cohesion and adhesion. It is used as a substitute for other waxes in laminating paper and foils, as well as for polishes, etc.

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