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Solvents are used in paint and coating formulations to dissolve pigments, additives and binders. ArChem is pleased to provide a large number of organic solvents with different properties for various industrial applications. Choose the solvent that’s right for your application. Some of ArChem solvents include:

For more information, please contact our technical sales team in ArChem.

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What are chemical Solvents?

Solvent is a substance that dissolves a solute and composes a solution. There are a large number of organic solvents with different properties for various industrial applications. For example, they are used in the paint and coating, printing inks and adhesive industries.

What are the advantages of using solvents in paints and coating industries?

Solvents play a vital role in the paint and coating. they control the viscosity, film appearance and adhesion of the paint and coating industry. Some of the advantages of using solvents in paints and coating industries include:

Stability in various weather conditions 

Solvent-based paints are strong in different conditions for outdoor applications.

Integrity of infrastructures 

Solvent-based paints prevent metal surfaces from corrosion and provide long lasting protection.

Fast drying 

Paints that solvents are used in their composition, dry up to 10 times faster in comparison with low-solvents alternatives at room temperature.

Controlling the viscosity 

Solvents control the viscosity and film appearance of the paint and coating application.

Ethyl acetate

ArChem Ethyl Acetate, also known as 1-acetoxyethane, is a colourless organic compound that is used as an industrial solvent in paints, coating and printing inks. In fact, about 60% of Ethyl acetate demand consists of paint and coating sector. This solvent is highly effective in controlling the viscosity, dissolving pigments and improving drying rate.

Ethyl acetate Applications 

The main applications of Ethyl Acetate are in the production of different coating formulations like epoxies, urethanes and vinyls. These coating formulations are used in Nitrocellulose lacquers and varnishes.

Ethyl acetate Advantages 

ArChem Ethyl Acetate is a widely used solvent, especially for paints, varnishes, lacquers, and perfumes. Some of advantages of using Ethyl Acetate as a solvent include:

  • Effective in controlling the viscosity
  • Low cost
  • Relatively non-toxic

Technical Properties
Molecular FormulaC4H8O2
Cas Number141-78-6
Molecular Mass88.052 g/mol
Density0.902 g/cm3
Flash Point-3 °C
Boiling Point77.1 °C
Melting Point-83.6 °C
Water Solubility8.7%

Methyl acetate

ArChem Methyl acetate, also known as methyl ethanoate, is a clear colourless liquid that is used as a volatile low toxicity solvent in paints, glues and nail polish removers.

Because of its fast evaporation rate, this solvent is suitable for applications where fast solvent release and quick dry time are needed. Methyl acetate is an active solvent for the following resins: cellulose acetate butyrate, nitrocellulose, vinyl copolymers, epoxies, polyamides, and polyesters.

Methyl acetate Applications 

Methyl Acetate has numerous applications in different industries. Some of Methyl Acetate applications include:

  • Printing inks
  • Preparation of paint, lacquer, thinners and strippers
  • industrial coatings
  • Solvent for nitrocellulose and for cellulose acetate
  • Wood coatings
  • Architectural coatings

Methyl acetate  Advantages

Some of the advantages of using ArChem Methyl Acetate as a solvent include:

  • Excellent solvent activity
  • Fast evaporation rate
  • Low odour
  • Readily biodegradable

Technical Properties
Molecular FormulaC3H6O2
Cas Number79-20-9
Molecular Mass74.07 g/mol
Density0.93 g/cm3
Flash Point-10 °C
Boiling Point57 °C
Melting Point-99 °C
Water Solubility25%


ArChem Methanol, also known as methyl alcohol, is widely used as an industrial solvent in the production of resins, inks, adhesives, and dyes. this solvent can also be used in the manufacture of pharmaceutical ingredients like cholesterol and vitamins. Plus, Methanol can be used as an anti-freezing agent in pipelines.

Methanol Applications

Methanol as an industrial solvent has a large number of applications in different industries. Some of these applications are as below:

  • Coating additives
  • Wood industry
  • Paint or lacquer thinners
  • Plasticizers
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Fuels
  • Chemical reaction regulator

Methanol Advantages

Some of the advantages of using ArChem Methanol as a solvent include:

  • High volatility
  • Low production cost

Technical Properties
Molecular FormulaCH3OH
Cas Number67-56-1
Molecular Mass32.04 g/mol
Density0.79 g/cm3
Flash Point11 °C
Boiling Point65 °C
Melting Point-98 °C
Water SolubilitySoluble in water

Butyl acetate

ArChem Butyl acetate also known as N-Butyl Acetate, is a clear organic compound with a banana-like odor. This solvent with an average evaporation rate, is used as a solvent in the process of lacquer production, inks, adhesives and other products.

Butyl Acetate is miscible with all conventional organic solvents like alcohols, ketones, glycols, aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons, ethers and esters, but its solubility in water is limited.

Butyl acetate Applications

Due to the low volatility of Butyl Acetate, it is used as a solvent in the production of lacquers and paints. Additionally, this solvent is used in the leather industry and hardened coatings. Some of Butyl Acetate applications include:

  • Paints and Coatings
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Nail Care
  • Cleaners
  • Cosmetic
  • Leather Industry

Butyl acetate Advantages

ArChem Butyl Acetate is an excellent solvent for cellulose nitrate, resins and polymers. Some of the advantages of using ArChem Butyl Acetate as a solvent include:

  • Excellent solvency for cellulose nitrate, polymers and resins
  • Effective viscosity reduction

Technical Properties
Molecular FormulaC6H12O2
Cas Number123-86-4
Molecular Mass116.16 g/mol
Density0.88 g/cm3
Flash Point22 °C
Boiling Point126.1 °C
Melting Point-78 °C
Water Solubility0.68 g/100 mL

Isobutyl acetate

ArChem Isobutyl acetate is a colourless liquid with great solvency for polymers, resins, oils and cellulose. This solvent is mainly used in the paints and coatings industry for wood varnishes, architectural coatings, printing inks and adhesives.

Isobutyl Acetate is highly miscible with all common organic solvents (alcohols, ketones, glycols, esters) but only slightly miscible in water.

Isobutyl acetate Applications

excellent solvency of Isobutyl Acetate making it suitable for use as a solvent for many industrial applications. Some of Isobutyl Acetate applications include:

  • Architectural coatings
  • industrial coatings
  • Printing inks
  • Metal coatings
  • Pharmaceutical chemicals
  • Process solvents
  • Protective coatings
  • Wood coatings

Isobutyl acetate Advantages

In addition to good solvency, ArChem Isobutyl Acetate has high electrical resistance and a desirable evaporation rate that enable it to be used in a wide range of applications. Some of the advantages of Isobutyl Acetate include:

  • Good solvent activity
  • High electrical resistance
  • Low surface tension
  • Low water solubility
  • Medium evaporation rate
  • Mild odour
  • Readily biodegradable

Technical Properties
Molecular FormulaC6H12O2
Cas Number110-19-0
Molecular Mass116.16 g/mol
Density0.875 g/cm3
Flash Point18 °C
Boiling Point118 °C
Melting Point-99 °C
Water SolubilitySlightly soluble


ArChem Dioxolane(1,3-Dioxolane), is a colorless to pale yellow compound which is used in paint formulations and as a carrier fluid in film coatings.

Dioxolane Applications

Due to the great solvent power of Dioxolane, it can be used for a wide range of applications like coatings and adhesives. Some of the Dioxolane applications are as below:

  • Coatings
  • Inks
  • Adhesives
  • Personal Care


Dioxolane Advantages

Due to its good evaporation rate and high solvent power, ArChem Dioxolane can be a suitable solvent for different industrial applications. Some of the advantages of Dioxolane include:

  • Fully miscible with water
  • Good evaporation rate
  • Medium surface tension
  • Low viscosity
  • Cooperates with other solvents

Technical Properties
Molecular FormulaC3H6O2
Cas Number646-06-0
Molecular Mass74.08 g/mol
Density1.06 g/cm3
Flash Point-3 °C
Boiling Point75 °C
Melting Point-95 °C
Water SolubilityMiscible in water

Why Buy Solvent from ArChem?

Our solvents can be purchased in a variety of volumes and you can be guaranteed that your order will arrive safely and with the highest quality. In addition to being available to buy online, your orders via phone, email and fax are also accepted.

ArChem also provides other chemical products including Nitrocellulose, Nitrocellulose solution etc. for further information please contact our technical sales team in ArChem.


Is ethyl acetate a suitable solvent for paint? 

Yes, ethyl acetate is used as a solvent in the paint industry, some coatings and plastic products.

What is butyl acetate used for? 

 n-butyl acetate is a clear, colourless liquid. It is used in photographic film, nail polish removers, lacquers, perfumes, oils, and resins.

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