Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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wax emulsion

A stable aqueous emulsion usually made of paraffin or microcrystalline wax; it sometimes contains rosin. It is prepared by means of emulsifying agents and mechanical agitation. The emulsion may be either acid- or alkali-stable, depending on the emulsifying agent employed. Wax emulsions are used for sizing and waxing paper, and in the manufacture of leather. (17 )




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