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Technical Data Sheet
Eastman™ Methyl Acetate, High Purity

Chemical Synonym
  • Methyl Acetate
  • Adhesives/sealants-B&C
  • Aerosol coatings
  • Architectural coatings
  • Auto OEM
  • Auto refinish
  • Automotive
  • Commerical printing inks
  • Construction chemicals
  • General industrial coatings
  • Graphic arts
  • Intermediates
  • Marine
  • Paints & coatings
  • Pharmaceutical chemicals
  • Protective coatings
  • Wood coatings
Key Attributes
  • Excellent solvent activity
  • Fast evaporation rate
  • High electrical resistance
  • Low MIR value
  • Low odor
  • Non-HAP
  • Non-SARA
  • Readily biodegradable
  • Urethane grade
  • VOC exempt

Product Description
Eastman™ Methyl Acetate, High Purity is a fast evaporating, mild odor, active solvent that is used with a broad range of coating and ink resins. It is similar in performance to the regular grade of methyl acetate supplied by Eastman. However, Eastman™ Methyl Acetate, High Purity is a urethane grade (low water and alcohol content) solvent, making it useful in moisture sensitive paints such as 2-K polyurethane coatings. Because of its fast evaporation rate, this solvent is suitable for use in other applications where fast solvent release and quick dry-to-touch time are needed. Methyl acetate is exempt from regulation as a VOC under Federal law [40 CFR 51.100(s)]. It is a non-HAP, non-ODS, readily biodegradable solvent that can be used in blends to develop environmentally friendly cleaners.

Typical Properties

PropertyTypical Value, Units
     as Acetic Acid0.05 wt % max.
Assay99.5 wt % min.
Autoignition Temperature501 °C
     BP56.1 °C
     Wt % Water5.0 wt %
Boiling Point 
     @ 760 mm Hg55.8-58.2 °C (132-137 °F)
     Pt-Co5 max.
Dilution Ratio 
     VMP Naphtha0.9
Electrical Resistance4.0 Megohms
Empirical FormulaC3H6O2
Evaporation Rate 
     (ether = 1)1.9
     (n-butyl acetate = 1)6.2
Flash Point 
     Setaflash Closed Cup-15 °C (4 °F)
Freezing Point-98 °C (-144 °F)
Hansen Solubility Parameters 
     Hydrogen Bonding7.6
Methyl Alcohol Content0.10 wt % max.
Molecular Weight74.09
Refractive Index 
     @ 20°C1.3589
     in Water22.7 %
     in Water, @ 20°C22.7 wt %
     Water in8.8 %
     Water in, @ 20°C8.8 wt %
Specific Gravity 
     @ 20°C/20°C0.933
Surface Tension 
     @ 20°C25.2 dynes/cm
TLV PPM 1999200
Vapor Pressure 
     @ 20°C179.5 mm Hg
     @ 55°C94.3 kPa
     @ 25°C, 8% CAB-381-0.514 cP
     @ 25°C, 8% RS 1/2-s NC11 cP
Water0.05 wt % max.
     @ 20°C0.93 kg/L (7.78 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 12:58:05 PM