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[DuPont] A registered trademark for a solvent composed of Decahydronaphthalene. Decalin® is a very strong solvent that dissolves oils, fats, waxes, resins, and Rubber. It has been used as a substitute for turpentine and as a cleaning fluid. Decalin® is used in stain removers, cleaning fluids and floor waxes. At one point, Decalin® was used as a varnish remover for oil paintings (Doerner 1934).
Synonyms and Related Terms
decaline; DeKalin; hydroterpene; decahydronaphthalene; naphthalane; naphthane
- Combustible. Moderate fire risk.
- Skin and eye irritant.
- Decalin Chemicals: MSDS
Physical and Chemical Properties
Soluble in ethanol, ether. Insoluble in water.
|Melting Point||-43.2 C|
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 138.25|
|Boiling Point||185-194 C|
Resources and Citations
- M.Doerner, The Materials of the Artist, Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1934.
- Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 2903