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Technical Data Sheet
Eastman™ EB Solvent

  • Aerosol coatings
  • Aerospace coatings
  • Architectural coatings
  • Auto OEM
  • Auto refinish
  • Coil coatings
  • Commerical printing inks
  • Construction chemicals
  • Fabric care
  • Formulators
  • Furniture
  • Graphic arts
  • Hard surface care
  • Industrial cleaners
  • Institutional cleaners
  • Janitorial & household cleaners
  • Lubricants
  • Marine
  • Oil or gas processing
  • Paints & coatings
  • Process solvents
  • Protective coatings
  • Rubber modification
  • Soap/detergents
  • Wood coatings
Key Attributes
  • Efficient coalescent
  • Excellent coupling efficiency
  • Good solvent activity
  • High blush resistance
  • Inert - Food use with limitations
  • Inert - Nonfood use
  • Low surface tension
  • Miscible with water and most organic liquids
  • Non-HAP
  • REACH compliant
  • Readily biodegradable
  • Slow evaporation rate

Product Description

Eastman EB Solvent (Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether) offers numerous benefits in coating, ink, and cleaner applications. It is an excellent solvent for many coatings resin types, including alkyd, phenolic, maleic, epoxy, and nitrocellulose resins. It is an exceptional retarder solvent for lacquers, improving gloss and flow-out. Eastman™ EB Solvent is also widely used in amine-solubilized, water-based coatings because of its high flash point, complete water solubility, slow evaporation rate, low surface tension, and high coupling efficiency. This product is an effective coalescent that improves film integrity in both architectural and industrial maintenance latex paints. Its unique combination of properties enables the effective removal of contaminants when used in Industrial & Institutional and/or household cleaners.

On November 18, 2004, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) removed ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (EGBE) from the Clean Air Act (CAA) list of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP). Thus, EGBE is no longer subject to the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT), residual risk and other specific requirements found in the CAA.

Eastman sells EGBE under the brand name Eastman™ EB Solvent.

The chemical substances for this product are listed as Inert Ingredients Permitted for Use in Nonfood Use Pesticide Products, and in Food Use Pesticide Products with limitations, under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). For details on specific permissions, click here.

Typical Properties

PropertyTest MethodTypical Value, Units
     as Acetic Acid 0.01 wt % max.
Assay 99.0 wt % min.
Autoignition TemperatureD 2155238 °C (460 °F)
     BP 98.8 °C (209.8 °F)
     Wt % Water 79.2 wt %
Blush Resistance 
     @ 80°F (26.7°C) 96 % RH
Boiling Point @ 760 mm Hg 
     Dry Point 172.5 °C (343 °F)
     Initial 169 °C (336 °F)
     Pt-Co 10 max.
Critical Pressure  32 ATM
Critical Temperature 326.8 °C
Critical Volume 400 ml/g·mol
Dilution Ratio 
     Toluene 3.4
     VMP Naphtha 2.1
Electrical Resistance <0.2 Megohms
Empirical Formula C6H14O2
Evaporation Rate 
     (ether = 1) 136
     (n-butyl acetate = 1) 0.09
Expansion Coefficient, per °C 
     @ 20°C 0.00092
Explosive Limits in Air 
     Lower @ 93°C 1.1 Vol %
     Upper @ 135°C 12.7 Vol %
Fire Point 70 °C (158 °F)
Flash Point 
     Tag Closed Cup 62 °C (143 °F)
     Tag Open Cup 70 °C (158 °F)
Freezing Point -75 °C (-103 °F)
Hansen Solubility Parameters 
     Hydrogen Bonding 6
     Nonpolar 7.8
     Polar 2.5
     Total 10.2
Heat of Combustion -848.5 kcal/g·mol
Heat of Vaporization 11060 cal/g·mol
Liquid Heat Capacity 
     @ 25°C 65.49 cal/(g*mol)(°C)
Liquid Viscosity 
     @ 20°C 3.3 cP (mPa·s)
Maximum Incremental Reactivity (MIR) 2.9
Molecular Weight 118.17
NFPA Classification 30 IIIA
Nitrocellulose Solubility Active
Refractive Index 
     @ 20°C 1.4193
     in Water, @ 20°C Complete
     Water in, @ 20°C Complete
Specific Gravity 
     @ 20°C/20°C 0.902
Surface Tension 
     @ 20°C 26.6 dynes/cm
TLV PPM 1998 25
TLV PPM 1999 20
Vapor Density 
     (air = 1) 4.1
Vapor Pressure 
     @ 20°C 0.6 mm Hg
     @ 55°C 0.97 kPa
     @ 20°C 0.9 kg/L (7.51 lb/gal)

Properties reported here are typical of average lots. Eastman makes no representation that the material in any particular shipment will conform exactly to the values given.

Eastman and its marketing affiliates shall not be responsible for the use of this information, or of any product, method, or apparatus mentioned, and you must make your own determination of its suitability and completeness for your own use, for the protection of the environment, and for the health and safety of your employees and purchasers of your products. No warranty is made of the merchantability of fitness of any product, and nothing herein waives any of the Seller's conditions of sale.

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