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Affordable MEK solvent recycling

What is MEK solvent? 100% pure butanone, or MEK, short for Methyl Ethyl Ketone, is a solvent for thinning specified coatings – particularly gums, resins, cellulose acetate and nitrocellulose coatings, and vinyl films. MEK is widely used in industrial manufacturing applications, for example in the manufacture of plastics, textiles, and paraffin wax. It can be utilized as a plastic bonding agent that…
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How does an aqueous parts washer work?

An aqueous parts washer is a safe and effective waste-based solution that, unlike petroleum- based solvents, are typically non-flammable and contain little or no VOCs. It is an alternative to solvent parts cleaning and eliminates the need for harmful cleaning solutions. Aqueous parts washers use water-based chemicals. Instead of dissolving grease and solids, aqueous cleaners…
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How to Choose a Solvent Recovery Bag

What are solvent recovery bags? There are many factors to keep in mind when choosing a solvent recovery bag. Also known as solvent recycling bags, solvent recovery bags or liners are used in applications where there are numerous solids in the contaminated solvent (for example, paints and coatings and automotive refineries, paint spray guns, and specialized…
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How Does a Solvent Recycling Machine Work?

When it comes to eco-friendly solvent recycling solutions, not all solvent recycling machines are created equal. What really matters is how much solvent can actually be recycled, and what savings can be achieved by the solvent process. Why is solvent recycling so critical? For starters, using a solvent recycling machine like that offered by Solvent Recycling…
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Recycling Solvents for Paint Gun Cleaning

Paint Spray Gun Cleaning and Solvent Recycling Paint thinner,  mineral spirits, and other solvents are often used for paint gun cleaning because of their ability to quickly dissolve paint residue in small openings. These solvents contain toxic compounds that present environmental concerns and health risks to the general public.  Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions from solvents contribute…
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A primer on mineral spirit uses

Mineral spirit uses are widespread. But how do the solvents compare, and how do you properly select one vs. the other? First, let's separate the solvents into the petroleum distillates. Because the most highly used mineral spirits are petroleum distillates, this reduces the remaining products to a number that’s easy to handle. Petroleum distillates are all…
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Mineral Spirits vs Paint Thinner – what’s the difference?

What is the difference between mineral spirits vs paint thinner? Mineral spirits are a type of solvent typically used for parts cleaning and machine washing. A petroleum distillate, mineral spirits are often used as a substitute for turpentine, and tend to build up grease and grime. Mineral spirits also include thin oil-based materials such as varnishes. Paint thinner, in…
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Mineral spirits as a degreaser

Maintaining a low-cost and sustainable operation for your degreaser is of vital importance in the effort to offset rising production facility costs. Solvent Recycling Systems can recycle mineral spirits used as a degreaser, including D-Limonene, Paint thinners and Naptha solvent, in addition to other hydrocarbon solvents used for parts washing. Solvent Recycling Systems uses state-of-the-solvent distillation machines…
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Can I recycle toluene solvent?

Yes. Solvent Recycling Systems can recover toluene solvent from previously spent solvents. What is toluene? Toluene is an organic solvent that has the chemical formula C7H8 that belongs to the aromatic hydrocarbon family. Toluene is a common ingredient in degreasers and is used as a solvent in many applications including rubber, ink, paint, adhesives, and…
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What types of solvent wastes are recyclable?

In the face of growing regulations and EPA reporting rules, many facilities have to look at removing any additional operating costs when it comes to solvent recycling. We offer affordable, on-site solvent recovery for a number of recyclable solvent wastes. What solvent wastes are recyclable? The short answer—all of them! We will work with you…
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