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[DuPont] A registered trademark for a colorless solvent composed of Tetrahydronaphthalene. Tetralin® is a strong solvent that dissolves waxes, natural resins, Rubber, gums, oils, metallic soaps, greases, cellulose ethers, Asphalt, Linoxyn, and printing inks. It is used in paint and varnish removers.

Chemical structure


Synonyms and Related Terms



  • Combustible.
  • Irritating to eyes and skin.
  • Narcotic in high concentrations.
  • Discolors with age.
  • ThermoFisher: SDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

Miscible with most solvents. Insoluble in water.

Composition C10H12
CAS 119-64-2
Melting Point -31 C
Density 0.966-0.981 g/ml
Molecular Weight mol. wt.=132.21
Refractive Index 1.540-1.547
Boiling Point 205-207 C

Resources and Citations

  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942
  • M. Doerner, The Materials of the Artist, Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1934
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 527
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 9360