Butyl di glycol acetate is a clear colourless liquid with a mild ester odour. It has a high boiling point, low volatility and is slightly hygroscopic. It is miscible with a wide range of organic solvents but only miscible with water within certain limits.
Butyl di glycol acetate contains both ether bonds and ester groups, and therefore displays the reactions that are characteristic of both, and it possesses their excellent solvent power. It is capable of dissolving natural and synthetic resins, plasticizers, waxes, fats and oils, particularly at elevated temperatures.
Butyl di glycol acetate hydrolyses rapidly in alkaline and acid media but more slowly in the presence of water.
Synonyms: Butyl diethoxol; Butyl carbitol; Butyl dioxitol; Butyl diicinol; 2-(2-Butoxyethoxy) ethanol; Diethylene glycol monobutyl ether; Diethylene glycol butyl ether; DEGBE
Applications of Butyl Di Glycol Acetate
Butyl di glycol acetate is mainly used in the paints, coatings and printing inks industries where it serves as a high-boiling solvent, levelling agent, coalescent and flow improver in paints, emulsions, lacquers and textured finishes, and in inks, primarily for screen printing.
It is used as a solvent for dyes in wood stains and furniture polishes, in ballpoint pastes, sealants and adhesives and is also a component in some cleaners.
Butyl di glycol acetate is used in small amounts in the processing of PVC plastisols where a low concentration serves to lower initial viscosity. It also retards the thickening of PVC pastes during storage.
Storage and Handling
Butyl di glycol acetate should be stored in a tightly-closed container a cool, dry, well-ventilated place away from direct sunlight and sources of heat or ignition. It should be kept away from foodstuffs and incompatible materials which include aluminium and alloys, copper and alloys, neoprene, natural rubber and strong oxidising agents.
Handle in accordance with good industry practices for safety and hygiene. Personal protective equipment should be worn to avoid contact with skin and eyes. See product SDS for further information.
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