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What is Mek?

January 11, 2023

Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK, 2-Butanone, or Butanone) is a colorless liquid used throughout many industrial facilities. MEK shares many properties with acetone as they are both industrial solvents, but MEK is harsher, making it a common choice for heavy-duty applications. When mishandled, Methyl Ethyl Ketone can pollute the air, increase the risk of explosion or fire, and raise the overall hazard level of your job site.


Replacing Mineral Spirits with Eco-Friendly Solvent Alternatives

October 24, 2022

Mineral spirits, also called white spirit, are used in woodworking and other industries to remove paint from surfaces, applicators, and other objects. However, using white spirit can be risky, creating health consequences for workers and potentially harming the environment. Luckily, easy-to-use and eco-friendly solvent substitutes are readily available and provide effective cleaning and paint removal when applied as a mineral spirit alternative.


Stripping Polyurethane Off Applicators

September 28, 2022

Polyurethane is a clear liquid coating applied over paint or wood to protect surfaces and preserve a like-new look. While polyurethane creates a durable and attractive finish, its thick consistency, toxicity, and ability to dry quickly can make it difficult to remove from applicators in many industries. Acrastrip provides an eco-friendly and safer method of stripping polyurethane off applicators.  


Best Way to Remove Varnish from Spray Guns

August 19, 2022

Spray guns are an effective way to evenly varnish wooden surfaces. However, spray guns must be cleaned thoroughly after each use to continue providing high-quality performances. But what is the right way to clean a spray gun? Which varnish strippers or varnish removing alternatives are best? The AcraStrip experts are here to help.


Why Choose AcraStrip as an Acetone & MEK Replacement?

July 18, 2022

Acetone is a highly hazardous substance often used as a cleaner and solvent in industrial facilities. While it provides effective cleaning, it is toxic to the environment, produces dangerous waste, is extremely flammable, and can have critical health consequences for workers. Similar risks are associated with MEK, toluene, xylene, and other unsafe cleaning chemicals.