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Title: Method for providing mirror surfaces with protective strippable polymeric film

Abstract

This invention is a method for forming a protective, strippable, elastomeric film on a highly reflective surface. The method is especially well suited for protecting diamond-machined metallic mirrors, which are susceptible not only to abrasion and mechanical damage but also to contamination and corrosion by various fluids. In a typical use of the invention, a diamond-machined copper mirror surface is coated uniformly with a solution comprising a completely polymerized and completely cured thermoplastic urethane elastomer dissolved in tetrahydrofuran. The applied coating is evaporated to dryness, forming a tough, adherent, impermeable, and transparent film which encapsulates dust and other particulates on the surface. The film may be left in place for many months. When desired, the film may be stripped intact, removing the entrapped particulates and leaving no residue on the mirror surface.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. (Powell, TN)
  2. (Oak Ridge, TN)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN
OSTI Identifier:
863564
Patent Number(s):
4199620
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) ORNL
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-26
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
method; providing; mirror; surfaces; protective; strippable; polymeric; film; forming; elastomeric; highly; reflective; surface; especially; suited; protecting; diamond-machined; metallic; mirrors; susceptible; abrasion; mechanical; damage; contamination; corrosion; various; fluids; typical; copper; coated; uniformly; solution; comprising; completely; polymerized; cured; thermoplastic; urethane; elastomer; dissolved; tetrahydrofuran; applied; coating; evaporated; dryness; tough; adherent; impermeable; transparent; encapsulates; dust; particulates; left; months; desired; stripped; intact; removing; entrapped; leaving; residue; mirror surfaces; highly reflective; polymeric film; solution comprising; reflective surface; mirror surface; coated uniformly; various fluid; trapped particulate; /427/134/359/428/

Citation Formats

Edwards, Charlene C., and Day, Jack R. Method for providing mirror surfaces with protective strippable polymeric film. United States: N. p., 1980. Web.
Edwards, Charlene C., & Day, Jack R. Method for providing mirror surfaces with protective strippable polymeric film. United States.
Edwards, Charlene C., and Day, Jack R. Tue . "Method for providing mirror surfaces with protective strippable polymeric film". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/863564.
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title = {Method for providing mirror surfaces with protective strippable polymeric film},
author = {Edwards, Charlene C. and Day, Jack R.},
abstractNote = {This invention is a method for forming a protective, strippable, elastomeric film on a highly reflective surface. The method is especially well suited for protecting diamond-machined metallic mirrors, which are susceptible not only to abrasion and mechanical damage but also to contamination and corrosion by various fluids. In a typical use of the invention, a diamond-machined copper mirror surface is coated uniformly with a solution comprising a completely polymerized and completely cured thermoplastic urethane elastomer dissolved in tetrahydrofuran. The applied coating is evaporated to dryness, forming a tough, adherent, impermeable, and transparent film which encapsulates dust and other particulates on the surface. The film may be left in place for many months. When desired, the film may be stripped intact, removing the entrapped particulates and leaving no residue on the mirror surface.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1980},
month = {1}
}

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