Clear, mobile, high-boiling, low-volatility liquid for use as a solvent, flow promoter and coalescent.
n-Hexyldiglycol is a clear, mobile, neutral, slightly hygroscopic liquid with a mild odor. It is miscible with all common solvents, e. g. alcohols, ketones, aldehydes, ethers, glycols and aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons. Its miscibility with water, however, is limited.
n-Hexyldiglycol enters into the typical reactions of alcohols, e. g. esterification, etherification, oxidation and the formation of alcoholates. Like all other ethers, it may form peroxides if it comes into contact with atmospheric oxygen.
By virtue of its good solvent power, the main applications of n-hexyldiglycol are as a solvent, flow promoter and coalescent aid.
For instance, it improves the flow of many baking finish systems. Added in small proportions to formulations for electrodeposition paints, it greatly improves film formation and levelling.
n-Hexyldiglycol can also be used in printing inks and cleaners.