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RE: acetone

In addition to DBE, NMP has also been used with some success, although
as you know, it has its drawbacks from a tox standpoint...

Bill Green

-----Original Message-----
From: Burton Hamner [mailto:bhamner@mindspring.com]
Sent: Monday, January 04, 1999 11:38 AM
To: P2tech@great-lakes.net; RREU461@ecy.wa.gov
Subject: Re: acetone

Lots of boat builders in Pacific NW have switched to DBE as an acetone
substitute.  However I recall one firm that decided NOT to use it
because two out of about 100 workers had very bad skin reactions to the

Unfortunately I can't recall at the moment just what else they decided
to use, I will forward this to my friend Rob Reuter at WA Dept of
Ecology who knows all about this.  Anyway, 'tis another recurring lesson
in caution re substitutions.


At 09:41 AM 1/4/99 -0500, Jeff Pico wrote:
>I recall reading about a boat builder in NJ that replaced acetone  as a
cleaning solvent with di-basic ester. I will attempt to dig up some
details, or a contact name. 
>Jeff Pico
>> 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
>> Super Red. Would be interested in any pros/cons re these three
>> substitutes or any other successful cleanup solvent.
>> Thanks
>> Dick Burns
>> FDEP Central District P2 Coordinator 
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