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Methyl ethyl ketone  

ExxonMobil™ methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) oxygenated fluid offers strong solvency and fast evaporative properties. They are not listed as hazardous air pollutants under U.S. EPA regulations.


  • Solvency power: For solutions of coating, adhesive and ink resins (polyurethane, polyester, acrylic, cellulose, polychloroprene), and for paint stripper formulations
  • Fast evaporation: For thinners and industrial paint formulations, adhesives and extraction processes
  • Low viscosity: Enabling high-solids formulations in coatings and adhesives

Industries and applications

ExxonMobil MEK is a key fluid in formulating polychloroprene adhesives, especially as a replacement for toluene, and is a component of many gravure printing inks. Other application areas include:

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