Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Huntington Beach, California
Somehow something that is intended to replace Naphtha, Xylene, MEK does not compute in my feeble mind.
MEK dissolves almost everything and has an incredibly low flash point. Incredibly nasty stuff, BTW.
I've used Xylene to dissolve the oil out of asphalt to verify oil content. We had a leak in the distiller one time but the resulting flame was almost nothing. I went down the hall to get a CO2 fire extinguisher rather than the dry chemical one. When the boss asked why, I told him that the CO2 wouldn't make a mess that the dry chemical would. He actually cried.
I've heard that Naphtha is good for thinning where a quicker dry is needed. DUNNO, I've not used it.
All three seem to have very different uses and formulations. To have one solvent to replace all three seems not possible. To my limited chemistry knowledge, high school 60+ years ago, I think that MEK is an organic while the others are not.
Just a dumb old paper boy from Brooklyn, NY