A common name for a commercial volatile solvent or solvent mixture capable of solubilizing synthetic lacquers such as cellulose nitrate. When the lacquer solvent evaporates, it deposits the resin as a thin cohesive film. Some lacquer solvents are acetone, ethyl acetate, ethanol, toluene, xylene, and butyl acetate.
Hazards and Safety
Most are flammable with explosive potential.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)