Jump to content


Photo
- - - - -

Nail Polish Remover: Acetone vs Ethyl Acetate


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 Elite Engineer

Elite Engineer

    Molecule

  • Senior Members
  • 520 posts
  • LocationNY

Posted 11 December 2016 - 07:44 AM

What's the reason for substituting acetone with EA? Is EA more green? Cheaper solvent to produce? Just curious..seems unnecessary..but then again I don't know all the facts.

 

~ee

 

 

 


  • 0

#2 Endy0816

Endy0816

    Primate

  • Senior Members
  • 1,921 posts
  • LocationOrlando

Posted 11 December 2016 - 02:01 PM

Smells better, less harsh.

I know acetone can also be used to purify some drugs. Not sure how well EA would work for the same purpose. Not exactly planning on testing this one, 'for science' only goes so far.

Edited by Endy0816, 11 December 2016 - 02:45 PM.

  • 0

#3 StringJunky

StringJunky

    Genius

  • Senior Members
  • 5,534 posts
  • LocationUK

Posted 11 December 2016 - 06:40 PM

A  quick google suggests it smells nicer and is more gentle on nail condition.


  • 0

 Education, like life, is a journey not a destination


#4 Phi for All

Phi for All

    Chief Executive Offworlder

  • Moderators
  • 16,123 posts
  • LocationCO, USA

Posted 11 December 2016 - 06:42 PM

Acetone can't be used with fake nails because of its strength. Learned that one from the wife.

 

I'll bet for regular nail polish it's the smell. Nicer is better with nails. Oddly, that's not the case when deciding between mineral oil and baby oil for your cutting board.


  • 1

"You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred!" -- Super Chicken
 


God does have to keep the miracles going, or no one would believe that He is real.


#5 StringJunky

StringJunky

    Genius

  • Senior Members
  • 5,534 posts
  • LocationUK

Posted 11 December 2016 - 06:55 PM

Acetone can't be used with fake nails because of its strength. Learned that one from the wife.

You mean the acetone is too strong for acrylics? Does it damage them? I've had fake nails for guitar playing but never painted them.


Edited by StringJunky, 11 December 2016 - 06:59 PM.

  • 0

 Education, like life, is a journey not a destination


#6 Phi for All

Phi for All

    Chief Executive Offworlder

  • Moderators
  • 16,123 posts
  • LocationCO, USA

Posted 11 December 2016 - 07:16 PM

You mean the acetone is too strong for acrylics? Does it damage them? I've had fake nails for guitar playing but never painted them.

 

Yes, it'll warp them at the very least, which weakens the adhesive so they don't sit right. In fact, I think ethyl acetate became more widely used when nail extensions got to be more popular. Smells better and works on real and fake nails. The acetone is a pretty strong solvent. 


  • 0

"You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred!" -- Super Chicken
 


God does have to keep the miracles going, or no one would believe that He is real.


#7 Endy0816

Endy0816

    Primate

  • Senior Members
  • 1,921 posts
  • LocationOrlando

Posted 11 December 2016 - 07:27 PM

Fun on Styrofoam though :)
  • 0

#8 StringJunky

StringJunky

    Genius

  • Senior Members
  • 5,534 posts
  • LocationUK

Posted 11 December 2016 - 07:29 PM

 

Yes, it'll warp them at the very least, which weakens the adhesive so they don't sit right. In fact, I think ethyl acetate became more widely used when nail extensions got to be more popular. Smells better and works on real and fake nails. The acetone is a pretty strong solvent. 

Right. The adhesive they used on mine was so strong that when I yanked a tree branch to break it, my thumb nail caught it, yanked my thumb back and fractured; the nail stayed put.


Edited by StringJunky, 11 December 2016 - 07:31 PM.

  • 0

 Education, like life, is a journey not a destination


#9 Elite Engineer

Elite Engineer

    Molecule

  • Senior Members
  • 520 posts
  • LocationNY

Posted 11 December 2016 - 08:49 PM

Fun on Styrofoam though :-)

I wanted to see if the EA would have the same effects on styrofoam as acetone does. Lets jus say my styrofoam box has a whole in the top of it now,


  • 0

#10 Endy0816

Endy0816

    Primate

  • Senior Members
  • 1,921 posts
  • LocationOrlando

Posted 11 December 2016 - 10:47 PM

I wanted to see if the EA would have the same effects on styrofoam as acetone does. Lets jus say my styrofoam box has a whole in the top of it now,

 

On the plus side it probably smelled nicer.

 

Out of curiosity what prompted the question in the first place?


  • 0

#11 studiot

studiot

    Genius

  • Senior Members
  • 6,175 posts
  • LocationSomerset, England

Posted 12 December 2016 - 12:09 AM

Interestingly both are dangerously flammable in the wrong circumstances.

 

Kay and Layby give

 

Acetone  Ethyl Acetate

Lower flammable Limit              3%     2%

 

Upper Flammable Limit            13%    12%

 

Flash Point         -19C    -4C

 

Auto ignition temp          538C  410C


  • 0

#12 Heisenburg

Heisenburg

    Lepton

  • New Members
  • 1 posts
  • LocationMiddle of the Pacific to be specific

Posted 17 December 2016 - 09:53 PM

As far as most of the responses here it looks like you nailed it.


  • 0

#13 geordief

geordief

    Molecule

  • Senior Members
  • 741 posts

Posted 17 December 2016 - 10:31 PM

I use acetone to thin fibreglass resin  so as to strengthen wood in rotten wooden  window frames. Thinning the resin allows it to soak in further (you have to add hardener as well ,of course).

 

I actually use nail polish remover  as I  can't get pure acetone from the chemist  but there is some acetone in it -although some kinds are described as acetone free.(which I try not to buy)


  • 0




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users