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Use: Microcrystalline waxes consist of a matrix of extremely small crystals. They are sometimes referred to as amorphous wax. Their molecular structure consists of a complex mixture of hydrocarbons including normal paraffins, branched paraffins, monocyclic compounds, and polycyclic compounds.
Use: Strahl & Pitsch offers a full range of the finest Paraffin and Microcrystalline Waxes from domestic and international sources.
Paraffin Waxes come from the dewaxing of paraffin distillates; Microcrystalline Waxes are derived from residium.
Paraffin Waxes have relatively large brittle crystals (Macrocrystalline) and generally have little affinity for oil.
Microcrystalline Waxes have very minute crystals (Micro Crystals) and are flexible, with a greater affinity for oil, which is held tightly in the crystal lattice and does not migrate to the surface.
Use: Microcrystalline waxes are a type of wax produced by de-oiling petrolatum, as part of the petroleum refining process. In contrast to the more familiar paraffin wax which contains mostly unbranched alkanes, microcrystalline wax contains a higher percentage of isoparaffinic (branched) hydrocarbons and naphthenic hydrocarbons.
Microcrystalline wax is characterized by the fineness of its crystals in contrast to the larger crystal of paraffin wax. It is generally darker, more viscous, denser, tackier and more elastic than paraffin waxes, and has a higher molecular weight and melting point. Typical microcrystalline wax crystal structure is small and thin, making it more flexible than paraffin wax.
Microcrystalline wax is often used in industries such as the tire and rubber, candles, adhesives, corrugated board, cosmetics, castings, and a host of others.
Microcrystalline waxes have considerable application in the custom making of jewelry and small sculptures. Different formulations produce waxes from those soft enough to be molded by hand to those hard enough to be carved with rotary tools.
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.