|Safety Data Sheet
The Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) solvent appears as a colorless liquid with a slight odor. MEK is commonly used in processes involving resins and gums and household products such as paint removers and glues. It is also known as 2-Butanone, 2-oxobutane, 3-butanone, ethyl methyl ketone, and methyl acetone.
- Ability to dissolve solutes easily
- Low viscosity
- High boiling point
- A slow rate of evaporation
- Household applications include lacquer, varnish, paint remover, denatured alcohol, and cleaning agents.
- MEK can be used in extracting oils, fats, and resins along within the manufacturing industry, producing paraffin wax, plastic, and textiles.
- The most prominent uses of MEK that have made the solvent popular in the industry are thinning paints, lacquers, and surface coating.
- MEK is an extremely effective cleaning agent since it is stronger than acetone, has a higher boiling point, and has a slower rate of evaporation.