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Re: Acetone Substitutes

At 11:18 98-12-31 -0400, you wrote:
>Searching for the Holy Grail ..... an effective, non haz substitute
>for acetone used in equipment cleanup for fiberglass boatbuilders.
>Some substitutes being used by Florida boat manufactures with
>apparently satisfactory results include propylene carbonate, S-280 and
>Super Red. Would be interested in any pros/cons re these three
>substitutes or any other successful cleanup solvent.
>Dick Burns
>FDEP Central District P2 Coordinator

W.R. Grace (Fort Worth, TX) uses Dibasic Esters (DBE) instead of acetone
for cleaning up in FRP fabrication.

Reference : Anonymous (1992) High-Boiling, Oxygenated Dibasic Ester Solvent
Can Reduce VOCs. Waste Management Technology News 7(7):4-5

Hatteras Yachts (High Point, NC) also uses DBEs instead of acetone.

Reference : USEPA (1994) Alternative Control Techniques Document:
Industrial Cleaning Solvents. United States Environmental Protection
Agency; Emission Standards Division (EPA-453/R-94-015; PB94-156791),
Research Triangle Park, NC

DBEs are a mixture of dimethyl glutarate, dimethyl adipate and dimethyl
succinate.  Suppliers : DuPont and Monsanto.

This is not a product endorsement.

Denis Begin, M.Sc.
Research Assistant
University of Montreal
Dept. of Occupational and Environmetal Health
PO Box 6128, Main Station
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3C 3J7

Tel : 514-343-2170
Fax : 514-343-2200