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Nail Polish Remover: Acetone vs Ethyl Acetate

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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,

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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?

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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

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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)

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