What Is MEK Used For

What is MEK used for and is it the right chemical for your needs? MEK is an extremely versatile chemical that is used in anything and everything including cleaning, degreasing, oil extraction, indirect food additives, lacquers, varnishes, inks, thinning agents, and so much more. Industries from furniture production to aerospace engineering all use MEK for its various abilities from simple cleaning properties to important additive ingredient functions. If you are wondering if MEK can be used in your industry, and if it is the best option for you, Ecolink can help you understand MEK and decide if it is the right chemical solvent for your needs. 

What Is MEK Used For Most Commonly:

  • Oil Extraction – MEK is used in the extraction process of fats, oils, and resins. MEK is a popular solvent for this use due to its evaporation rate, and ability to extract larger amounts of oil than other solvents that evaporate at different rates.
  • Industrial Cleaning and Degreasing – MEK is a very potent solvent that has the ability to easily cut through hardened resins, grease, and other build up that can gum up industrial machinery. Cleaning machinery with MEK after use, effectively removes debris and build up that can cause costly damage to machinery.
  • Ink Production – MEK is used as an additive in the production of inks used for printing processes, dry erase markers, and more. 
  • Paint Thinner – MEK is also used in various paint thinners and stripping agents used in building or refurbishing furniture. 
  • Food Additive – MEK is even an FDA approved, indirect food additive. MEK is cleared to be used as an indirect additive ingredient for adhesives and polymers used with food products. 

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