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Expert's Corner — coating

Acetone Basics

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You may have noticed that acetone is becoming more widely available. This is primarily because it’s the only commonly available solvent (not counting water) that isn’t classified as a VOC or HAP. VOC is the acronym for volatile organic compound—that is, an environmental (smog) pollutant. HAP is the acronym for hazardous air pollutant—that is, something that is bad for us to breathe. Though acetone has a strong odor, making it seem to be toxic, it’s actually a fairly benign solvent in vapor form, limited at low exposure to causing only mild irritation to the central nervous system. Not being a...

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