Calcium stearate has been incorporated into carbon paper (7683), e.g. as a filler (7684), and in paper coatings (7685). It can act as a lubricant, leveller, and plasticizer in paper coatings (7686), and gives improved anti‐dust and gloss properties in calendering (7687), and enhanced flow and levelling (7688). Along with ammonium stearate the calcium soap has been used as a lubricant in paper coatings to improve tear strength and gloss (7689), and wet strength. Paper and paperboard have been coated with equal parts of calcium stearate and acrylic/styrene copolymers to increase water resistance (7690). Particles of aluminium hydroxide have been coated with calcium stearate and with stearic acid to give the material hydrophobic properties, resistant to exposure to boiling water and solvents, and useable as a filler in paper (and plastics) (7691). Ketene dimers along with calcium stearate have been used in paper sizing (7692), and the stearate alone has been used to make water resistant abrasive papers (7693), and also, at a concentration of 2/3%, has been employed to render cardboard resistant to water steeping and swelling (7694). Stable dispersions of the stearate soap have been utilized in the surface treatment of computer cards (7695). Titanium dioxide coated with calcium stearate has been included in polyethylene coating compositions for photographic paper supports (7696). Release paper for adhesive lables have contained calcium stearate, to give improved workability on automatic labelling machines (7697).
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