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Uses of Microcrystalline Wax

Uses of Microcrystalline Wax

What is Microcrystalline Wax

Microcrystalline wax, any petroleum-derived plastic material that differs from paraffin waxes in having much finer and less-distinct crystals and higher melting point and viscosity. Microcrystalline waxes may be made from the residue of crude petroleum by refining; or they may be made from petroleum jelly by removing the oil with a solvent. Their physical properties may be controlled by the temperature of the solvents. Methods of separation include solvent dilution, chilling, centrifuging, filtering, and various combinations of these.

What is the Application of Microcrystalline Wax

Microcrystalline waxes are used chiefly in laminated-paper products, in coatings and linings, and in adhesives, sealing compositions, and various types of polishes.


Let’s know some of its uses at details:

1. Candle Making

Microcrystalline wax can improve different candles’ properties from appearance to structure, which makes it extremely interesting for candle making, for instance added to a container candle formula, in order to help the wax "stick" to the recipient walls. It can also be used, combined with straight paraffin, to facilitate the adhesion when making a multiple layers pillar candle.Another use of micro soft is with Cut'n Carve. These beautiful candles are made by partially cutting off – using a sharp knife or a Stanley – slices of a freshly dipped candle. The stickiness and elasticity of the microcrystalline soft wax make it a good choice for this type of work.

2. Cosmetics

Microcrystalline wax is added to a variety of cosmetics, including creams and lotions, waterproof mascara, pressed powder, lipstick and eyeliner. In creams and lotions, the wax is used as a viscosity builder. Adding microcrystalline wax to mascara gives it water repelling properties. In pressed powder, microcrystalline wax acts as a binder and adds softness to the product. The hardness of microcrystalline wax gives eyeliner pencils and lipsticks structure to prevent them from crumbling with use.

3. Sports

Microcrystalline wax is often used in sports, specifically in ice hockey and snowboarding. It is applied to the friction tape of a ice hockey stick to prevent degradation of the tape due to water destroying the glue on the tape and also to increase control of the hockey puck due to the waxes’ adhesive quality. It is also applied to the underside of snowboards to reduce friction and increase the gliding ability of the board, making it easier to control and diminishing the fatigue of the rider.

4. Adhesives

The tacky qualities of microcrystalline wax makes it an ideal choice for making adhesive. Microcrystalline wax is used in bookbinding, carton and case sealing, carpet binders and backing, and container labeling.

Anyway, microcrystalline wax is very useful. If you want to buy it in large scale, welcome to contact us-Ffaith Industrial Group.


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