|Safety Data Sheet|
MEK, also known as Methyl Ethyl Ketone Solvent, Butanone, 2-butanone, ethyl methyl ketone, 2-oxobutane, 3-butanone, and methyl acetone. MEK is a solvent often found in adhesives, surface coatings, and printing ink. It appears as a colorless liquid with a slight odor.
- High solvency.
- High boiling point.
- Slow evaporation rate.
- Low viscosity.
- On the household level it is used in laquer, varnish, paint remover, denatured alcohol, glues, dry-erase markers, and as a cleaning agent.
- Industrially MEK is utilized in the manufacturing of plastic, textiles, and paraffin wax. MEK is also used to extract fats, oils, and resins.
- Its effectiveness has made it an extremely popular liquid solvent. MEK is very useful in thinning paints, laquers, and surface coatings.
- MEK is especially effective as a cleaning agent because it is stronger than acetone, its boiling point is higher, and its evaporation rate is slower.