Fumed Silica

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A hydrophilic silica used to increase transparency in oil paints. Learn more.

Fumed silica (also called pyrogenic silica)

A hydrophilic silica with a specific surface of 200 square meters per gram. Fumed silica has a chain-like particle structure that bonds together to trap liquid, thereby increasing the viscosity. Add to thicken and increase the transparency of paint. Stirring or brushing paint containing fumed silica will cause it to flow, but when stopped, the paint will 'thicken up' again. This property is called ‘thixotropy’.

Average Primary Particle Size:12 nm
Specific Surface Area (BET):200 m2/g
Bulk Density, Loose:30 g/L
Bulk Density, Packed:50 g/L
Oil Absorption (Gardner-Coleman):138 g oil per 100 g pigment
pH Value (4% solution):3.7–4.7
Refractive Index:1.48–1.50
Moisture Content (maximum) (ASTM C 323-56 or C 234-82):1.5%
Loss on Ignition (ASTM C 323-56):1.0%
Chemical Analysis
Silicon Dioxide (SiO2):99.8%

Health and Safety

WARNING: The product contains crystalline silica - quartz, which can cause silicosis (an occupational lung disease) and lung cancer.

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BrandRublev Colours
VendorRublev Colours
Processing TimeUsually ships the next business day.

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