Clear, mobile, high-boiling, low-volatility liquid for use as a solvent, flow promoter and coalescent.
n-Hexylglycol is a clear, mobile, neutral, slightly hygroscopic liquid with a mild odour. 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-Hexylglycol 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.
One of the main applications is the coatings industry.By virtue of its good solvent power, the main applications of n-hexylglycol 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-Hexylglycol is also eminently suitable as a mild, low-odour co-solvent in low-aromatic mineral spirit blends for dissolving polymer binders such as Acronal® 260 F.
n-Hexylglycol can also be used in printing inks and cleaners.