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RE: Replacement for MEK

Hi Tammy,

I just did some work researching alternative cleaners for adhesive removal, 
using Hansen Solubility Parameters (HSP) to help match cleaners to resins. 
According to HSP, a 50:50 blend of DuPont DBE (di-basic ester) and 
propylene carbonate should perform very similarly to MEK.

You can learn more about DBE on

You can learn about HSP in general on:

Good luck,

At 08:06 AM 1/10/02 -0500, you wrote:
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>         -----Original Message-----
>         From: Tammy Allen [mailto:tallen@co.pinellas.fl.us]
>         Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2002 10:31 AM
>         To: p2tech@great-lakes.net
>         Subject: Replacement for MEK
>         Can anyone identify a potential alternative cleaning solvent for MEK
>in the following application:
>         A facility is trying to eliminate the use of MEK in cleaning, but
>has hit a snag in their screen cleaning (screen printing). The inks they use
>are MEK-based and cannot be changed currently due to their government
>customer specs. The MEK is wiped on an 8x8 screen. So far, they tried ethyl
>acetate, but it dissolved the PVA in the screen. Now they are trying
>acetone, but the employees complain of smell and health hazards. Any
>suggestions on a solvent that is safe and could quickly remove an MEK-based
>ink without hurting PVA-based materials?
>         Thank you for any assistance,
>         Tammy L. Allen
>         Senior Environmental Specialist
>         Pinellas County Environmental Management
>         512 S. Ft. Harrison Ave.
>         Clearwater, FL 33763
>         (727) 464-4761
>         Fax (727) 464-3174
>         e-mail: tallen@co.pinellas.fl.us <mailto:tallen@co.pinellas.fl.us>