Colourless, low-volatility solvent with good solvent power for cellulose nitrate and many natural and synthetic resins. Used in the coatings and chemical downstream industries.
2-Ethylhexyl acetate is a clear, low-volatility, mobile liquid with a characteristic ester odour. It is miscible with all common solvents, e. g. alcohols, ketones, aldehydes, ethers, glycols, glycol ethers, and aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons. Its miscibility with water, however, is limited.
2-ethylhexyl acetate is a hydrophobic yet comparatively polar high boiler with good solvent power for cellulose nitrate and many natural and synthetic resins. It is therefore useful in paint and coating formulations, e. g. for cellulose nitrate paints. Its properties can also be exploited in coatings for brushing on, dip-coating and spraying, and for stove enamels. The main purpose of adding 2-ethylhexyl acetate is to improve flow and film formation. The product is also a good coalescing aid for emulsion paints.
Another application for 2-ethylhexyl acetate is as an additive in cleaners and paint removers.