Butyl glycol acetate is a clear colourless liquid with a mild fruity odour. It has a high boiling point and low volatility. It is miscible with a wide range of organic solvents such as alcohols, ketones, aldehydes, ethers, glycols, and glycol ethers but only miscible with water within certain limits.
Butyl 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, making it a highly versatile chemical.
Synonyms: 2-butoxyethyl acetate, ethylene glycol butyl ether acetate, 2-butoxyethanol acetate, 1-Acetoxy-2-butoxyethane
Applications of Butyl Glycol Acetate
Butyl glycol acetate is used in many industries for its excellent solvent power, pleasant odour and ready miscibility. It is used to improve the gloss and flowof coatings that have to be baked at temperatures of 150 – 200°C. In cellulose nitrate and cellulose ether lacquers, and in paints formulated from chlorinated binders, it serves to improve the flow and brushability of the end products.
It is used as a solvent for dyes in wood stains and furniture polishes, urethane finishes, printing inks, ballpoint pastes and various chemical downstream industries.
Butyl glycol acetate is also widely used in sealants, adhesives, leather protectors, liquid soaps, cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications, in dyes for printing and colouring textiles and as an extraction solvent for certain antibiotics.
As butyl glycol acetate has both a polar and non-polar end, it is effective at removing both polar and non-polar substances such as grease and oil. It is therefore frequently used in a wide range of industrial, commercial and domestic cleaning products as well as in dry cleaning solutions.
Storage and Handling
Butyl glycol acetate should be stored in a tightly-closed container a cool, dry, well-ventilated place away from direct sunlight, sources of heat or ignition and incompatible materials such as strong oxidising agents.
Handling should be carried out 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.