Methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) is a stable colourless liquid with a pleasant mild odour. It is both a medium boiling and medium evaporating solvent.
It is an active solvent for many synthetic resins including cellulosics, vinyl copolymers, acrylics, alkyds, polyesters, and epoxies. It is used for developing high-solids coatings because of its combination of high solvent activity and low density, and also as an intermediate in the production of synthetic rubber chemicals.
In addition to its use as a solvent for inks, coatings, and adhesives, MIBK is used as an extraction agent in the dewaxing/deoiling of petroleum products and in pharmaceuticals.
MIBK is a flammable liquid and vapour. Vapour concentrations may cause drowsiness and irritation of the eyes and respiratory tract.
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