SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1996

Effects of Weatherproofing Sealants on Building Aesthetics — Part II


The paper describes several sealant related phenomena which can contribute to building aesthetic problems. These include sealant dirt pick-up, fluid streaking on a substrate (staining), and fluid migration into porous substrates. The paper postulates mechanisms for these phenomena and suggests appropriate test methods to assess them. The paper also presents long-term weathering results obtained on 12 weatherproofing sealants selected from the following generic types: plasticized silicones, unplasticized silicones, unplasticized surface-modified silicones, plasticized polyurethanes, unplasticized polyurethanes and plasticized silicon modified polyethers. In order to address the influence of local environment and exposure conditions, sealants are exposed at a rural site in Georgia and an industrial site in Michigan.

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O'Neil, VK
Sealants Science and Technology, Dow Corning Corporation, Midland, MI
Wolf, AT
Sealants Science and Technology, Dow Corning Corporation, Midland, MI
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Developed by Committee: C24
Pages: 141–168
DOI: 10.1520/STP16055S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5329-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2049-5