metal-cleaning-solvents

What Are The Best Metal Cleaning Solvents?

Shopping for Metal Cleaning Solvents?

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Learn More About Metal Cleaning Solvents

Finding the right metal cleaning solvents to use for your machinery is very important for a number of reasons. First and foremost, you want to have solvents that are safe to use and effectively clean your equipment, preventing build up and damage. You also want to make sure that if you are cleaning a specific type of metal, like stainless steel, that you are not using a solvent that will cause damage to the metal surface. Another important factor in purchasing metal cleaning solvents is finding a provider that offers a variety of high quality solvents and cleaners, as well as the necessary information to safely use them.  Whether you are looking for solvents to clean and degrease large industrial machinery or stainless steel home appliances, quality is key, and that is exactly what you will receive when shopping for metal cleaning solvents with Ecolink. Ecolink is an environmentally friendly supplier of chemicals and solvents that would be happy to help you find the best solvents for your needs.

  • Alcohol – Alcohol is an effective cleaner and degreaser for large metal machinery in industrial and manufacturing settings. Alcohol is a low VOC solvent (low volatile organic compound) that is safe to use, requiring little safety gear and effectively prevents gumming and build up on machines.
  • Acetone – Much like alcohol, acetone is generally safe to use and is a strong degreaser that can be used to wipe metal machinery clean after use.
  • Green Cleaners – In addition to standard metal cleaning solvents, Ecolink offers several green solvents that are safe for stainless steel, and will not tarnish or dull the appliance’s finish. These green cleaning agents are also safe for the user and cause no harm to the environment.

The importance of Glycol TPM in 3D Printing

What to use to clean a 3D printer?

Tripropylene Glycol Methyl Ether, also known as Glycol TPM  has a wide variety of applications, it is most commonly used in the cleaning process of 3D printers. When a 3D printer machine is used it leaves behind a SLA residue that will hinder future job prints if it is not properly cleaned. The most common resins used to manufacturer parts in the DLS printing process include urethanes, epoxies, silicones, and etc. Any amount of resin left by the printers will tarnish the value of the product created  and ultimately hurt the reputation of the product produced.

Glycol TPM is cruical to use is the post-process cleaning of SLA 3D printers. It has been used as a coupling agent and solvent in paint, varnish, and rust removers, and has become more prominent in the growing industry of 3D printing. Glycol TPM is ideal for this application due to its low viscosity which is key for removing the printed resin that the machines leave behind.

Countiued Benefits of Glycol TPM

Buy EcoLink’s Glycol TPM to optimize the full use of your 3D printer and not to worry about left behind resins anymore.

Glycol TPM, is sold in bulk orders at EcoLink, we will provide you with the amount you need to ensure the cleanest possible printer and that it is efficiently running at maximum capability. To find our supplies of  Glycol TPM  find us at

Contact  (800) 563-1305 for futher questions and options.

Printing with N-Propanol

N-Propanol is available!

As technology improves the demand for a better printing quality improves as well. This is forcing the industry to find better solvent options. If you are looking for a good quality and economic source of ink N-Propanol is the solution. In the printing industry N-Propanol is mainly used in flexographic and special screening prints. It facilitates more economic printing while providing higher quality ink. N-Propanol provides higher ink stability, steady viscosity, advantageous wetting behaviour, and less foaming. N-Propanol solvency power helps maintain the solubility of ink resins as well. N-Propanol is perfect for printing and ink applications since:

Benefits of N-Propanol In Printing Applications

  • Economic printing.
  • Higher quality.
  • Low odor which is good when printing food packaging.
  • Higher printing speed.
  • Less scrap.
  • Saving concentrated ink.
  • Ideal evaporation rate for printing
  • Avoids defects like dirty printing or feathering due to its high solubility.

Using N-Propanol revealed over 20% savings in concentrated ink and related costs versus other source of inks. It is also easier to recycle N-Propanol since it requires less energy to purify it in comparison to other chemicals.

Other Uses of N-Propanol

Did you know that N-Propanol can be used as a solvent for cosmetics, perfumes, lacquer formulations, antifreezes, soaps, bug removers, and window cleaner as well?

Interested in using N-Propanol? Please call (800) 563-1305 or send an email to products@ecolink.com.

RBD Soybean Oil Applications

What is Soybean Oil?

Soybean oil is oil extracted from soybeans.  This form of soybean oil is RBD, or refined, bleached, and deodorized soybean oil.  Within the refining stage, the soybean oil is cleaned to remove remaining impurities and goes through degumming to remove lecithin.  The soybean oil then goes through a bleaching process to remove any pigments and residues left behind from the refining process. The final step in the process is deodorizing the oil which is where volatile components are removed by steam distillation.

Various Applications of Soybean Oil

Soybean Oil has a wide range of applications that vary from industrial uses to consumer applications.  A few things soybean oil is used in are:

  • Glues
  • Plywood Adhesives
  • Laminating
  • Resins, and
  • Insecticides

Another category of products that soybean oil is in are coated papers, oilcloths, coated fabrics, paper sizings, and leather dressings.  Soybean oil may also be used within the production of paints, varnishes, ink, and soaps due to it having little to no pigmentation and being able to absorb pigments added to the oil to reveal a brighter color.  To find out more about the benefits of soy ink versus petroleum-based inks, visit our blog post Soy Ink vs Petroleum-Based Ink.  Some other applications for RBD soybean oil is as animal feedstock and used within firefighting lag foams.

Along with the several uses soybean oil offers, its derivative, methyl soyate, also has an extensive list of applications as an ideal alternative to harsh chemicals.  For more information regarding methyl soyate, visit our blog Methyl Soyate as an Alternative Solution.

To find out more about our RBD Soybean Oil, email us at info@ecolink.com, or call us at (800)563-1305.

Mineral Spirits in The Art Industry

Mineral Spirits in the Art Industry

Mineral Spirits, if used properly, can help you save time and money in the art industry. Its main application is as a brush cleaner since it has a high solvency strength. The contact with Mineral Spirits in low quantity are harmless to your body. It is important to remember that even though Mineral Spirits are safer alternatives to other chemicals is still important to take precautions while using this chemical in order to prevent any possible reaction. Always read the label and never try to use more than recommended.

Mineral Spirits Applications in the Art Industry:

  • As a Brush Cleaner

Mineral Spirits works great as a cleaning agent. It can remove all the paint of your brush no matter the condition of your brush. Mineral Spirits helps to maintain brushes in good condition. What is nice about Mineral Spirits is that you can put a little of this chemical in a jar, clean your brush with it, and then save the jar with the liquid. Yes, you can reuse Mineral Spirits and this way you are saving time and money.

  • Creates A Different Style

Using small drips of Mineral Spirits on your painting can help you achieve a “messy” look if you want to go for that vibe.

  • To Blend Colored Pencils

Mineral Spirits can help you achieve a good blend result when using pencil colors without the need of a lot of expensive materials or techniques. Mineral Spirits break down the color that is difficult to blend in order to distribute the color over the painting/image that you are working on, and the best part is that it results in a professional finish. With the help of a cotton bund and mineral spirits you can use colored pencils as an alternative to watercolor pencils.

  • As a Replacement For Turpentine

Did you know that Mineral Spirits can be used as a substitute for Turpentine? This is perfect for the Art Industry. And the best part is that Mineral Spirits are safer to use due to its low VOCs. Turpentine can cause breathing problems, on top of that it is highly flammable, and it is a potentially hazard substance to have in an art studio/home. Mineral Spirits are not only safer to your body, they are more affordable than turpentine and it can also yield better results since it prevents paint cracking.

Interested in Mineral Spirits? Please call (800) 563-1305 or send an email to products@ecolink.com