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Oil Thinning Solvents for Engines: Achieving the Right Viscosity

If you look at model of a combustion engine, it appears to have metal parts that rub against each other when it runs. In reality, the components are moving in exceptionally close proximity to each other, with a thin layer of motor oil separating them.

If the oil weren’t viscous enough to fill the space between the components, it would flow to a lower center of gravity in the engine, leaving the parts to rub each other and cause damage. By the same token, if the oil were too viscous, it could fail to distribute properly between parts, causing the same problem for a different reason.

To ensure motor oil has the right viscosity for the application, users of motor-powered, industrial equipment apply oil thinning solvents for engines. The solvents are inexpensive, but they can save companies millions in equipment repairs, maintenance, and replaced equipment.

Using Oil Thinning Solvents for Engines: Factors

Oil thinning solvents for engines have a straightforward use: They make oil decreasingly viscous, optimizing its performance based on the performance characteristics of the engine. Below are factors industrial users commonly consider before using oil thinning solvent:

1. Rate at Which Oil Acquires Soils

Oil becomes gradually becomes “dirty” and needs to be replaced, as it picks up specks of debris while it circulates and lubricates the engine. How quickly motor oil acquires infinitesimal particulate matter depends largely on the work environment of the motor.
The oil in an industrial woodworking machine could become saturated with wood dust and need frequent replacement. Continuing to absorb the dust would make the oil too viscous to perform. Applying oil thinning solvents for engines might help the oil maintain good viscosity for a short time longer — such as a few hours while a production run finishes — that is crucial for business.

2. Clearance Between Moving Parts

The clearance between moving engine parts may be so minute that oil is drawn into the space by capillary action. To perform this way, oil needs a resilient, homogenous microstructure that is nonetheless relatively low on the viscosity scale. Applying precisely the right amount of thinning solvent can create the right consistency to facilitate capillary action.

3. Operating Temperature of Engine

Heat causes motor oil to deteriorate, making it more viscous over time. When food oils receive high heat, they start to evaporate. Due to its comparatively heat-resistant formulation, motor oil essentially does the opposite: It turns to sludge, which mechanics must eventually “flush out”.

Preventing sludge with oil thinning solvent helps engines operate more efficiently and prevents the need for frequent engine treatments to banish a substance that must be forcefully flushed out or dissolved with strong solvents.


Oil thinning solvents for engines control oil viscosity to keep engines operating efficiently and prevent damage from friction between moving parts. In addition to the volume of oil you treat, how much oil thinning solvent to apply can depend on: how quickly the oil becomes “dirty”, clearance between moving engine parts, and the operating temperature of the engine.

For help selecting the right oil thinning solvent for your application, contact Ecolink today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to assisting you!


What’s the Difference Between Acetone and Paint Thinner?

Some solvents that go by different names can still seem like the same product. They are used for some of the same applications, and they often produce near identical results. Take acetone and paint thinner, for example. Acetone has been used to thin paint for countless years, and paint thinner has been used to thin substances besides paint.

If the solvents can do each other’s job interchangeably, what’s the difference between acetone and paint thinner, besides the fact that paint thinner usually has a higher price tag than acetone? Let’s take a closer look, starting with something simple: the nomenclature of the solvents.

A Name Says a Lot

When it to comes to pinpointing a solvent’s application, the answer is, sometimes, found in the solvent’s very name — paint thinner, for example. Paint thinner is really a colloquial term that refers to a solvent that excels at stripping and/or thinning paint. There are probably hundreds of brands of paint thinners out there, if not more ― and the same is true of acetone.

However, unlike paint thinner’s colloquial name, the name of “acetone” has the sound of a solvent with broader applications ― and it is. One thing that makes acetone so popular as a thinning agent is its tremendous thinning power combined with the fact that, despite its tremendous efficacy, it’s nonetheless a mild solvent that poses low safety risks to workers and isn’t scheduled for regulation.

Acetone as Paint Thinner

If acetone is a gentle solvent and a good thinner of tough coats and accretions, why shouldn’t paint thinning be added to its long list of frequently employed capabilities? Ultimately, the answer lies in what kind of paint one is trying to thin. For example, if you want to strip paint accretions from a metal carpentry tool, acetone could probably do the job just fine. The goal is to banish the paint, not change its character.

Yet, imagine if you were using acetone as a paint thinner to make the consistency of car paint a bit more diffuse, so it would achieve a unique type of sheen after drying. In this situation, acetone isn’t your friend ― an unfortunate fact to which many DIY car enthusiasts can attest. Imagine a fine looking sports car, except for its “rippled paint”. Thanks a lot, acetone.

Need Acetone or Paint Thinner?

If you’re not sure, and you need to know the difference between acetone and paint thinner for your specific applications, the chemists at Ecolink can help. We sell industrial formulations of acetone and eco-friendly paint thinning agents, among solvents for many other specific or general uses. We supply many types of stock solvents and also create custom orders. All of our solvents are available as free samples, so you can try it before you place your first order.

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For more information about our products and services, or the difference between acetone and paint thinner, call us today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form.





Fast Evaporating Cleaners: Why Fast Evaporation is Important

Fast evaporating cleaners comprise a large group within the larger group of industrial solvents. That the cleaners evaporate quickly is no accident. This is what they’re formulated to do, although the benefits users receive from fast evaporating solvents varies widely.

In this entry, we look at five general benefits users receive from fast evaporating cleaners. specific benefits depend on the solvent used and the cleaning application for which you use it.

  1. Cleaning Energized Equipment

Equipment is cleaned in an energized state for one of two reasons: It must always have power to function properly (e.g. a server in a data center), or it needs to be cleaned in short period of time so it can return to service (a jet engine being degreased in a hanger). A fast evaporating solvent ―  one with high dielectric strength ―  is perfect for the application.

  1. Performing Quick Turnarounds

Sometimes, a quick turnaround is necessary for a time-sensitive operation, such as degreasing the an idling engine of a jet that must return to the runway shortly. Other times, fast evaporating cleaners are used to achieve long-term gains in efficiency. If you reduce recurring cleaning jobs by a few minutes each time, the time could add up to several hours of saved productivity.

  1. Reducing Waste Removal Cost

Users seldom implement fast evaporating cleaners just to cut waste expense, but reduced waste removal cost is an added bonus of using fast evaporating solvents. You may have to worry about the safety of the solvent’s chemicals that readily vaporize at room temperature, but you needn’t worry about them overfilling the waste trap.

  1. Prevent Oxidation of Parts

Fast drying solvents are also preferred for parts that readily oxidize or corrode in the presence of moisture. Using a non-aqueous solvent can help eliminate the problem, but using a fast drying solvent offers an additional level of insurance that the cleaner won’t be drawn into seams and other difficult to clean areas. Fast evaporation ensures the solvent is gone quickly.

  1. Passive Cleaning Operation

For the sake of efficiency, industrial users want cleaning operations to be as passive as possible. Fast drying solvent helps achieve a passive cleaning process by drying quickly. There may be no need to rinse cleaned parts, perform a general wipe down, or wait to move forward with your operation while a slow evaporating solvent gradually transitions into vapor.

Need Fast Evaporating Cleaners? 

If so, Ecolink has a wide variety of products that meet the description. For help selecting a fast evaporating solvent that is perfect for your cleaning application, please call us today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. Our team of chemists is here to help.

We specialize in providing environmentally safe and environmentally preferred solvents that aren’t scheduled for regulation, so you can drop them into your cleaning system and use them confidently for years to come. In addition to highly effective stock solvents, we also create custom solutions for specific users. Contact us today to receive a free test sample!




Fast Drying Non Flammable Solvents for Engine Cleaning: An Overview

Many fast drying solvents have a low flashpoint that makes them easily combust. High-purity Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is a common example. The chemical compound works great for removing a variety of adhesives and soils that commonly accrete on everyday surfaces, such as glass, plastic, and metal.

But don’t use IPA around sources of heat that could it ignite it, or you may end up exposing the cleaning surface to a layer of blue-orange flame that burns until the alcohol is consumed. The same inconvenience and safety issue come with using many other fast drying solvents, creating the need for a solvent submarket dedicated to offering fast drying non flammable solvents. This is one submarket of the solvent industry that Ecolink has helped pioneer.

When are fast drying non flammable solvents needed?

Before you start exploring product options for fast drying non flammable solvents, be sure that you actually need a solvent that dries fast and won’t ignite under any condition. Let’s look at the two basic characteristics of these solvents to shed some light on the issue.

  1. Fast Drying

Solvents that dry exceptionally fast are commonly used for one more of the following reasons: sensitive engine parts must be free of the solvent quickly, little if any solvent collects in the waste trap, there is little if any need to perform solvent cleanup, and/or the cleaning operation — from start to dry — must be performed quickly.

  1. Non Flammable

Like fast drying solvents, non flammable solvents are generally used for one or more specific reasons: to help prevent fires in the solvent storage area and/or workstations, help prevent fires during the engine cleaning operation, and — if the cleaner is a general cleaner — to be used for a broad array of applications that ideally require a solvent that’s inflammable or has a high flashpoint.

Hypothetically, when you combine the benefits of the two characteristics, you might end up using fast drying non flammable solvents for an application such as this: degreasing a non-energized engine within a short period of time. The grease flows away quickly, parts are dry soon afterward, and the non flammable formulation decreases the chance of flammable engine residues igniting.

If this doesn’t nearly describe your application, don’t worry. There are multiple scenarios for using fast drying non flammable solvents. If you need help selecting the right solution, we recommend you to contact the team of experienced chemists at Ecolink for professional assistance.

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Ecolink specializes in environmentally safe and environmentally preferred industrial solvents. In addition to offering a wide selection of eco friendly stock solvents that replace older, toxic solvents, we also create custom solvents that meet the requirements of specific customers.

To inquire about our products and services, place an order, or request a free product sample, please give us a call today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to learning about your solvent needs and seeing how we can help!


How to Replace TCE Vapor Degreaser in 4 Steps

TCE vapor degreaser works like a charm, so why would you want to replace it? If you’re in the position of most companies and organizations that plan to replace TCE vapor degreaser, the reason is twofold: Chemicals TCE contains are toxic to humans and natural ecosystems.

This is why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking steps that appear headed toward the official ban or heavy regulation of TCE. Right now, TCE users are in the position to voluntarily replace TCE vapor degreaser or replace it by legal precedent when regulations kick in. According to senior EPA officials, voluntary replacement is the most hassle-free, cost effective option.

According to Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, director of the EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), “Voluntary efforts are frequently quicker and more cost-effective than regulations … But where we can’t do it through voluntary efforts, we will pursue regulations.” Below are four simple steps that you can take to replace TCE vapor degreaser voluntarily.

  1. Choose a Provider of Eco Friendly Degreasers

Specifically, focus on choosing a provider of “environmentally safe” and “environmentally prefered” cleaners. Solvents that fall under one of these classifications are virtually guaranteed to remain free of EPA regulations. You can depend on using an environmentally safe or an environmentally prefered TCE replacement for many years to come.

  1. Select a Provider of Stock and Custom Solutions

Selecting a provider that offers both stock and custom cleaners gives you the widest range of TCE replacement options. There’s  good chance you can find a stock solvent that meets your requirements. If not, working with a provider of custom solvents brings the opportunity to acquire a unique solution that’s tailored to your needs.

  1. Receive Technical Assistance from the Provider

After you identify a provider, request assistance with replacing your TCE degreaser, as needed. Examples of important information the provider can offer includes: solvent and parts washer compatibility, safety measures that should be taken with a particular solvent, and emissions per volume based on how the solvent is used, to name just a few.

  1. Request a Free Test Sample of the Replacement

Not all providers offer this option, but those that do generally offer the highest level of customer service. For example, Ecolink supplies free test samples of all of our products. Simply request a product sample through our website, and see for yourself how the cleaner performs. After you observe the results, you can make a highly educated buying decision.

Contact Ecolink Today

TCE has worked well as an industrial degreaser for many years, but its chemical safety profile is too dangerous to workers and the environment to remain unregulated. The regulations may be an impediment to TCE users right now, but they’re ultimately a blessing. When you replace TCE vapor degreaser with a safer solution, you become a better steward to your workers and the environment.

Ready to replace TCE vapor degreaser? Call us today at 800-563-1305, or use our contact form. We look forward to presenting TCE replacements that are safer but just as efficacious as TCE.