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Buying Acetone Wholesale: 5 Considerations for First-Time Users

Acetone is an organic compound that excels at removing grease, oil, dirt, and a variety of other coatings and residues. In industrial settings, acetone is commonly used to remove accretions on glass, metal, and other materials that are compatible with acetone’s chemical structure.

The diverse range of applications for acetone leads many companies and organizations to order acetone wholesale, taking advantage of the excellent price per volume to stock up on a solvent they’ll use for several applications. But when a customer is buying acetone wholesale for the first time, some important considerations should be made before placing the order.

  1. Personal Protective Equipment

Acetone has a good safety profile compared to many industrial cleaners, but if it contacts the eyes, skin, or is inhaled, temporary ailments that require workers to leave the work floor can result. To ensure your workers remain safe and productive when using acetone, outfit them with personal protective equipment (PPE) that’s sufficient to prevent these forms of contact.

  1. Air Filtration System

Acetone can also cause discomfort when its vapors are inhaled. In fact, inhalation tends to produce the most negative effects of all forms of exposure. If you use solvents whose vapors shouldn’t be inhaled, you may already have the filtration system you need for acetone. If not, consider installing a system before buying acetone wholesale and using it in large quantities.

  1. Fire Safety

If buying acetone wholesale has a downside, it’s that you’ll need to select a storage area for the solvent that doesn’t contain ignition sources that could spark a fire. Acetone is quite flammable, with a flashpoint of ?4 °F. For reference, consumer grade gasoline has a flashpoint of ?45 °F. The PPE you use to protect workers against eye and skin contact and inhalation should protect them from the ignition of acetone, as well.

  1. Compatibility With Materials

Acetone excels at removing numerous substances, including grease, oil, glues, and gums. But the compound isn’t compatible with all materials. It can dissolve styrofoam and certain textiles, as well as damage the surface of certain grades of plastic and rubber.

Due to acetone’s enduring popularity, there are quite a few online resources that specify materials it should and should not be used to treat. But these instructions are generally for acetone alone. If you need an acetone blend that contains other active ingredients, consult the manufacturer about the solution’s compatibility with the materials you need to treat.

Plan on Buying Acetone Wholesale?

If so, you’ve come to the right place. Ecolink supplies acetone and acetone blends in a variety of quantities, from small orders that are placed as needed, to large, wholesale orders that are placed weekly or monthly.

In addition to stock solvents, we also offer custom formulations that are tailored to specific requirements. Regardless of the product you need, we’ll send a free test sample, so you can see how well the solution works before making a purchase.

To learn more about our acetone solvents and buying acetone wholesale, contact us today at 800-563-1305, or fill out the contact form on our website. We look forward to assisting you!

 

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Choosing an Acetone Chemical Supplier: Vendors Vs. Manufacturers

An acetone chemical supplier typically operates on one of three business models: vendor, manufacturer, or a combination of both. Is it better to get your chemicals from one of these sources than the other two? Below, we look at the basic pros and cons for each business model to help you select an acetone chemical supplier that’s a good fit for your industrial acetone needs.

  1. Vendor

Standard vendors operate as a middlemen between manufacturers and customers. It’s a good deal for manufacturers because it lets them expand product availability and make more sales. It’s a good deal for customers because vendors excel at offering a wide range products.

Even so, for many customers, buying from a vendor isn’t ideal for two reasons: After applying their price markup, vendors often charge more than manufacturers, and many vendors don’t provide a meaningful level of pre-sale technical assistance. They don’t have chemists in-house who answer technical questions; they simply specialize in selling and shipping products.

  1. Manufacturer

For many businesses and organizations, buying straight from the manufacturer has three benefits: prices are often lower than what vendors charge, chemical manufacturers employ chemists who directly or indirectly assist with solvent selection, and some manufacturers provide custom acetone solutions in addition to stock solutions.

If ordering from a manufacturer has a downside compared to getting what you need from a vendor, it’s that vendors frequently offer the most payment and shipping options. Arranging freight shipments is one of a vendor’s primary specialties, which helps explain why vendors offer a variety of time-sensitive, cost-sensitive delivery options.

  1. Vendor / Manufacturer

For many customers, an acetone chemical supplier that operates as a vendor and manufacturer is the best of both worlds. You receive technical assistance, have access to custom chemical formulation, and you can choose from a broad selection of ready made solvents.

In addition, when ordering products the manufacturer vends, you can buy with great confidence. A manufacturer / vendor applies the quality standards for its own products when selecting products to sell from other manufacturers.

With that said, it’s important to note that vended products are usually sold under a warranty from the manufacturer that produced them, which can be good or bad, depending on terms for the warranty. Buying a product from an acetone chemical supplier that also operates as a vendor can require more product research than buying straight from the manufacturer.

About Our Company

Ecolink is a longtime solvent manufacturer specializing in environmentally safe and environmentally preferred solutions that comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. We offer a variety of stock products, as well as custom formulations. If a ready made solution is not right for your needs, we can create a formulation that hits the mark, and supply it any quantity you could reasonably require.

To learn more about our acetone products or to place an order, please call us today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email using our contact form. We look forward to serving as your trusted acetone chemical supplier!

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Acetone Chemicals: First Aid Measures for Overexposure

Acetone is a naturally occurring and synthesized organic compound whose scientific formula was discovered in 1832 by chemists Jean-Baptiste Dumas and Justus von Liebig. Since then, acetone chemicals have been used for various purposes around the globe, with fingernail polish removal being the most popular application.

Acetone chemicals work like a dream for stripping away tough layers of dry fingernail polish. When formulated as industrial strength solvents, the chemicals can Also remove many other substances, including: a variety of glues, oil and grease, accretions on glass and porcelain, and various types of accumulations on laboratory glassware.

Acute Overexposure

Along with acetone’s remarkable ability to remove coatings comes the possibility of overexposure to the chemical compound. Acetone is not considered toxic, mutagenic, or carcinogenic, but it can still cause negative health effects if workers receive too much exposure.

Below are four first aid measures you can take to combat acute overexposure to acetone chemicals. Please note that these measures are for exposure to acetone and may need to be expanded when acetone is blended with other chemicals that carry their own risks.

  1. Inhalation

Acute overexposure to acetone from inhalation seems to cause the most effects, particularly: nose and throat irritation, headache, dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, confusion, and fainting. Workers who experience these symptoms should be moved to a fresh air environment. If symptoms don’t resolve quickly, professional medical attention should be sought.

  1. Eye Contact

Overexposure to acetone chemicals can make your eyes red, sore, and teary. Effects can usually be banished quickly by flushing the eyes with a gentle stream of warm water for about 20 minutes, without first removing contact lenses. If symptoms persist, seek professional medical attention.

  1. Skin Contact

Acute overexposure seldom causes skin problems, except mild irritation. If acetone is spilled on a worker, affected clothing should be discarded and washed thoroughly. Then, affected skin should be washed with a gentle stream of warm water for roughly five minutes. If the irritation causes pain or persists after skin is washed, get professional medical attention.

  1. Ingestion

Acetone is seldom ingested, but when it happens to be swallowed in large amounts, effects mirror those for overexposure by inhalation. Washing out the mouth with warm water can reduce discomfort. Seek medical attention if the worker has a severely upset stomach or feels generally unwell.

About Ecolink

Ecolink has years of experience in supplying environmentally safe and environmentally preferred industrial cleaning solvents. Our customers are companies and organizations that have industrial, solvent-based applications that require the use of eco friendly solvents.

In addition to offering a wide selection of stock products, we also provide custom blends that are tailored to your unique requirements. To ensure a solvent works as expected for your needs, we offer free samples, so you can try before you buy.

For more information about acetone chemicals, please call us today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email at info@ecolink.com. We look forward to helping you choose the best solutions for your solvent applications!

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Reasons to Start Searching for Acetone Alternatives

Reasons to Start Searching for Acetone Alternatives

Acetone (a.k.a., propanone) is an organic compound that is a colorless, volatile, flammable liquid. Acetone was first formulated in the Middle Ages. Since then, it has gone on to be used in a variety of industrial and residential applications. There was a time when it seemed like almost every maintenance department and handyman’s garage contained a drum of acetone.

However, cetone, although still quite popular among businesses and consumers as a general cleaner, has fallen out of favor with many users due to the reasons below. If you use acetone, these are reasons to start searching for acetone alternatives that exhibit a better safety profile.

Negative Health Effects

According to healthline.com, “Acetone poisoning can occur when there’s an abnormally high amount of ketones [in the body]. This is a condition known as “ketoacidosis.” Metabolic diseases, such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes, can result in ketoacidosis if glucose levels aren’t properly managed.” Signs and symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis include: nausea and vomiting,

Abdominal pain, weakness or fatigue, shortness of breath, and marked confusion.

Highly Flammable Formulation

Acetone has a low flashpoint of ?20 °C (?4 °F). This means that the cleaner should be used in environments that few if any ignition sources, and it should be stored in an environment where sparks, flames and unexpected arc flashes are absent or strategically prevented from contacting containers of acetone. Damage from a fire that acetone causes in a facility can be corrected. The same isn’t always true for workers who receive serious burns from the volatile compound.

State Reporting Requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn’t consider acetone to be a hazardous air pollutant (HAP). There’s no guarantee it won’t happen in the future. But, for now, there’s not an unavoidable legal reason to phase out the popular cleaner. However, certain states, such as Ohio, have reporting requirements for the use of acetone. Be sure to read your state’s literature on the use of acetone, especially before you deploy it in large quantities.

Federal Reporting Requirements 

The compound is not considered a carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), but other organizations have established reporting requirements for cetone use, including: the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). For some companies and organizations, the bothersome reporting requirements are motivation enough to start searching for acetone alternatives. 

Searching for Acetone Alternatives?

If so, Ecolink has a wide range of cleaning solutions that deliver the same efficacy as acetone but lack some of the compound’s most undesirable qualities, such as a low flashpoint, potential to cause health problems due to exposure, and few, if any, regulated reporting requirements.

To get started on evaluating drop-in acetone alternatives, give us a call today at (800) 563-1305, or use our contact form. We look forward to providing you with an environmentally preferred cleaner in the form of a stock solvent or a custom formulation that’s tailored to your cleaning operations. Visit us today to find out more!

 

 

Acetone: An Economically Efficient Powder Coating Equipment Cleaner

Using Acetone as a Inexpensive Solvent to Clean Powder Coating and for Surface Preparation

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Coating system providers often dedicate their full attention to providing the highest quality and environmentally responsible products in their industry, a goal shared by us here at Ecolink. Powder coating products often contain no hazardous waste and have low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) or HAPs (Hazardous Air Pollutants) content, in order to meet today’s environmental demands. We have seen customers maximize transfer efficiency with up to 98% product utilization for coating operations, which in plain English means less product gets wasted during the coating process. With powder coatings, waste is further reduced since over sprayed material can still be re-used. Ecolink has provided cleaning products to the liquid and powder coating industry for many years and we want to show our support to the industry by offering chemical solutions with equal environmentally preferred specifications.

Recently we’ve noted the application of Acetone in cleaning equipment used for transportation and performance powder coatings. Acetone is an effective solvent for general cleaning and, unlike many alternatives, keeps overhead low. It is one of the least regulated options available while still remaining a safe choice.

Interested in spending less on Acetone? Call (800) 563-1305 to speak with a representative or email us at acetone@ecolink.com.

Surface Preparation and Equipment Cleaning

Acetone is a mild solvent that is proficient at cleaning critical surfaces of metal, plastic, and composite materials for powder coating color preparation. Additionally, it can be used to sanitize coating equipment before and after operations and remove powder coatings when needed. This product is commonly applied as a high-strength degreaser and can dissolve contaminants such as grease, paint, and organic substances.

With Great Cleaning Power Comes Great Responsibility

The chemical Acetone is not dangerous, however, it is a solvent and must be handled responsibly. The solution is a colorless liquid that is water soluble. Acetone has a low boiling point meaning it is flammable and should be kept away from heat. Dispose of any excess material properly in a sealed metal container to avoid spontaneous combustion. Acetone is not a hazardous air pollutant but safe handling precautions should be exercised to prevent consumption, inhalation, and absorption. Apply the solvent in an area with proper ventilation and do not use it on items that may dissolve such as fabric.

Purchase Acetone for Your Cleaning Needs Here

Ecolink offers a competitive price for Acetone in bulk with 55 Gallon Drums under $500! 5 Gallon Pails are available with low minimum quantities. Call (800) 563-1305 for aditional information or send an email to acetone@ecolink.com.