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Technical Data Sheet
Eastman™ Methyl Acetate

  • Aerosol coatings
  • Architectural coatings
  • Auto OEM
  • Auto refinish
  • Commerical printing inks
  • Construction chemicals
  • General industrial coatings
  • Graphic arts
  • Industrial maintenance
  • Marine
  • Paints & coatings
  • Roofing ingredients
  • Wood coatings
Key Attributes
  • Excellent solvent activity
  • Fast evaporation rate
  • Low MIR value
  • Low odor
  • Non-HAP*
  • Non-SARA
  • Readily biodegradable
  • VOC Exempt*

Product Description
Eastman Methyl Acetate is a fast evaporating, mild odor, active solvent that can be used with a broad range of coating and ink resins. Because of its fast evaporation rate, methyl acetate is useful as the fast-evaporating component in high-low solvent systems and in other applications where fast solvent release and quick dry-to-touch time are needed. Methyl acetate is an active solvent for the following resins: cellulose acetate butyrate, nitrocellulose, vinyl copolymers, acrylics, epoxies, polyamides, phenolics, alkyds, and polyesters. Compared with other fast evaporating solvents, methyl acetate gives solution viscosity somewhat higher than acetone or MEK but lower than ethyl acetate. Where a mild odor, fast evaporating solvent is required, methyl acetate is a very good choice for formulators of coating and ink products Methyl acetate is a VOC-exempt, non-HAP, non-ODS, readily biodegradable solvent that can be used in blends to develop environmentally friendly cleaners.

* Eastman™ Methyl Acetate is exempt from regulation as a VOC and HAP under Federal Law, but can contain <= 2.5% methanol, which is a VOC and a HAP.

Typical Properties

PropertyTest MethodTypical Value, Units
     as Acetic Acid 0.15 wt % max.
Assay 96 wt % min.
Autoignition TemperatureD 2155501 °C (936 °F)
Blush Resistance 
     @ 80°F (26.7°C) 20 % RH
Boiling Point 
     @ 760 mm Hg 55.8-58.2 °C (132-137 °F)
     Pt-Co 5 max.
Critical Pressure  46.9 ATM
Critical Temperature 233.3 °C
Critical Volume 228 ml/g·mol
Dilution Ratio 
     Toluene 2.9
     VMP Naphtha 0.9
Electrical Resistance 0.4 Megohms
Empirical Formula C3H6O2
Evaporation Rate 
     (ether = 1) 2.3
     (n-butyl acetate = 1) 6.0
Expansion Coefficient, per °C 
     @ 20°C 0.00142
Flash Point 
     Setaflash Closed Cup -15 °C (5 °F)
     Tag Closed Cup -13 °C (9 °F)
Freezing Point -98 °C (-144 °F)
Hansen Solubility Parameters 
     Hydrogen Bonding 7.6
     Nonpolar 15.5
     Polar 7.2
     Total 18.8
Heat of Combustion -349.2 kcal/g·mol
Heat of Vaporization 7279 cal/g·mol
Liquid Heat Capacity 
     @ 25°C 33.95 cal/(g*mol)(°C)
Liquid Viscosity 
     @ 20°C 0.4 cP (mPa·s)
Maximum Incremental Reactivity (MIR) 0.07
Methyl Alcohol Content 5 wt % max.
Molecular Weight 74.09
NFPA Classification 30 II
Nitrocellulose Solubility Active
Refractive Index 
     @ 20°C 1.36
     in Water, @ 20°C 22 wt %
     Water in, @ 20°C 7.3 wt %
Specific Gravity 
     @ 20°C/20°C 0.93
Surface Tension 
     @ 20°C 25.8 dynes/cm
TLV PPM 1998 200
Vapor Density 
     (air = 1) 2.6
Vapor Pressure 
     @ 20°C 178.3 mm Hg
     @ 55°C 94.4 kPa
Water 1.5 wt % max.
     @ 20°C 0.93 kg/L (7.8 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.

10/13/2023 12:57:37 PM