A strong solvent with a minty odor that can soften dried Linseed oil films (Mayer 1969). Diacetone alcohol is used as a solvent for Cellulose nitrate, Cellulose acetate, oils, resin, waxes, fats, tars, lacquers, dyes, and 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
- Flammable, fire risk.
- Overexposure may cause irritation of the respiratory system.
- Fisher Scientific: MSDS
Physical and Chemical Properties
Miscible with alcohols, aromatics, halogenated hydrocarbons, esters and water.
|Melting Point||-44 C|
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 116.16|
|Boiling Point||167.9 C|
Resources and Citations
- M. Toch, Paint, Paintings and Restoration, D.Van Nostrand, New York, 1931.
- R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 9
- 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