Paraffin wax is a kind of waxes, which is widely used. Both wax and paraffin waxes are consist of saturated hydrocarbons, while the sizes of the hydrocarbon molecules are different for these two wax types. Both categories of wax are found in a wide range of products.
Both traditional waxes derived from coal, petroleum or oil shale. These are separated from crude petroleum during the refining process.
Paraffin waxes are made of smaller molecules and have a lower melting point than regular waxes. It is white, tasteless, colourless, odourless and waxy solid. It is also insoluble in water, is solid at room temperature and burns readily. Paraffin waxes have good burning qualities due to their relatively low melting points, and they make effective barriers to moisture.
Other waxes are tougher and more elastic than paraffin waxes, and they are more adhesive.
Both of them are available in powder, liquid, emulsions, flakes, which can be used in industrial and laboratory applications.
Paraffin waxes are used in candles, wax paper, pencils and crayons, beauty products, a waterproofing agent for textiles, anti-caking agents, fertilizer coating and flexible coatings and many other industries.
Regular waxes are used in coatings, printing inks, adhesives, laminated paper, constructions, rubber, PVC processing, powder metallurgy and many other industries.
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