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Use of Acetone in Composite Cleaning
CBG BiotechFeb 15, 2022 11:58:00 AM2 min read

Use of Acetone in Composite Cleaning

Use of Acetone in Composite Cleaning

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Acetone is a potent chemical solvent that is frequently used to clean, degrease, strip lacquers, waxes, resins and paints. For this reason, Acetone is commonly used in varied industrial applications.

In composite applications, Acetone will dissolve and remove epoxy, polyester and vinyl ester resin from tools, brushes and surfaces. Acetone will effectively remove wax and grease for surface preparation prior to bonding.


Acetone possesses strong characteristics for use in composite cleaning applications such as:

POWERFUL: Acetone is a strong cleaning solvent; one which cuts through grease, waxes, resins and other residuals that can clog machinery or molds. Acetone breaks down these residuals, making clean-up of machinery and molds quick and simple.

EVAPORATION: In general, Acetone will evaporate from surfaces quickly. This is important, as this characteristic enables the solvent to dry quickly, thereby avoiding pooling or damage to machinery and molds, which can be caused by prolonged exposure.

COMMON USE: Acetone is used in such household products as nail polish remover. While Acetone is defined as a hazardous solvent, it is often less toxic when compared with other stripping solvents, such as MEK.

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After use in a composite manufacturer’s cleaning application, the Acetone will absorb and contain dissolved waste. Therefore, the Acetone/waste solution needs to be disposed of, which can be time consuming and expensive. To combat this time/cost equation, composite manufacturers have production options, such as recycling equipment and solvent recovery.

Due to COVID-19 demands coupled with supply chain challenges, many solvents, including Acetone, have experienced shortages and cost increases. Thus, it is incumbent upon composite manufacturers to find methods to re-generate Acetone through recycling and recovery, enabling you to reuse it and “Become your Own Solvent Supplier.™”


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