Lacquer thinner

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Lacquer thinner, also known as cellulose thinner, is usually a mixture of solvents able to dissolve a number of different resins or plastics used in modern lacquer.[1]

Previously, lacquer thinners frequently contained alkyl esters like butyl or amyl acetate, ketones like acetone or methyl ethyl ketone, aromatic hydrocarbons like toluene, ethers such as glycol cellosolves, and/or alcohols.[2]

Modern lacquer thinners increasingly have to comply with low-VOC regulations. These formulations are often mostly acetone with small quantities of aromatic solvent.[3]

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  1. ^ NPCS Board of Consultants & Engineers (9 July 2017). Manufacture of Thinners & Solvents (Properties, Uses, Production, Formulation with Machinery Details). Niir Project Consultancy Services. ISBN 978-93-81039-83-0.
  2. ^ Bottens, Bernie. "What chemicals are in your lacquer thinner?". The Woodworking Network. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "General Purpose Low VOC Lacquer Thinner, 5 Gallon". Retrieved 2018-04-09.