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A visible and long-wavelength photocured epoxy coating for stone protection

An epoxy coating modified by PDMS hydroxyl terminated is presented in this paper in order to evaluate its potential use as a protective of a stone surface. With a view to its use in restoration sites, visible and long-wavelength photoinitiated cationic polymerization is proposed here. The system investigated is based on a crosslinking mechanism which shows remarkable advantages for stone protection, such as the low toxicity of the products and facility of mixture preparation. Furthermore, the visible light exploitation represents the most important advantage, because it is easy to apply in a restoration site, with or without irradiation instruments. Besides coating characterization through FT-IR, DMTA analyses and contact angle measurement on glass slides, analyses were also carried out on coated plaster samples. These analyses were performed in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the protective, in relationship to hydrophobicity (contact angle measurement, capillary water absorption) and morphology surface changing (SE/SEM observations, colorimetric measurements) before and after polymer application and UV aging test of coated samples. The overall characterization makes it possible to consider it a suitable coating for stone protection.
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