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RE: Acetone: Hand tool cleaning

Bill --- Your question sounds similar to the issues faced by fiberglass
fabricators in reducing acetone usage in tool cleanup. Here are two online
documents from P2 Infohouse on that subject and the description of video
that you can borrow by calling WRRC at 800-476-8686.

Mike Heaney
NC Division of Pollution Prevention &
Environmental Assistance

Full Work's Title: Solvent Substitution to Reduce Air Emissions for the FRP
Full Work's Author(s): Hoffman, Douglas J.
Date Published: 1990
Extent Of Work: 70 pages
Abstract: This report is an evaluation of alternatives to acetone for
cleaning tools & equipment during fiberglass manufacturing. While this
report is based on one boat builder's experience, the methods are broadly
applicable. Alternatives evaluated include dibasic esters (DBE), N-methyl
pyrolidone, and propylene carbonate. The best cleaner depends on the
application but payback for many of the alternative cleaners is under 3

Full Work's Title: Fiberglass Manufacturer Substitutes Acetone With a
Water-Based Emulsifier
Full Work's Author(s): NC Office of Waste Reduction
Date Published: May 1991
Extent Of Work: 1 page
Abstract: This case study discusses how a manufacturer of fiberglass
plumbing fixtures and other items (Eljer Industries) substituted acetone
with a water-based resin emulsifier to clean equipment and hand tools used
in production. Only a small quantity of acetone was used for final cleaning
and drying, reducing acetone use by 50% and hazardous wastes by 70%

Call Number: VID WRRC 0003 
Full Work's Title: Understanding DBE: The Best Clean-up Solution
Full Work's Author(s): DuPont
Date Published: 1989
Extent Of Work: 45 minutes
Abstract: Dibasic ester advertisement. Advantages, characteristics, tips,
recycling, disposal, support services. Cleaning tips. Acetone replacement.