A strong solvent with a minty odor that can soften dried oil linseed oil films (Mayer 1969). Diacetone alcohol is used as a solvent for nitrate cellulose nitrate, acetate cellulose acetate, oils, resin resin, waxes, fats, tars, synthetic lacquers, dyes, and stain oil stains. It is also used for preserving wood, leather, and animal tissue and for cleaning metals and textiles. Toch (1931) mentions diacetone alcohol for coalescing crackle on old varnish films.
Synonyms and Related Terms
diacetone; 4-hydroxy-4-methylpentanone-2; pyranton
Miscible with alcohols, aromatics, halogenated hydrocarbons, esters and water.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 116.16|
Hazards and Safety
Flammable, fire risk. Overexposure may cause irritation of the respiratory system.
Mallinckrodt Baker: MSDS
R. Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row, New York, 1969. M. Toch, Paint, Paintings and Restoration, D.Van Nostrand, New York, 1931.
- R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
- G.S.Brady, G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 9
- Ralph Mayer, Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
- The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 3008