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MEK vs. Acetone

April 26, 2024

Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is a colorless liquid that has a sweet odor and is soluble in water. It is a highly volatile chemical. MEK is frequently used as a commercial cleaner and solvent for glues, paints, coatings, and printing inks. Acetone is a colorless, highly volatile liquid that dissolves in water. Like MEK, it is commonly used in industrial applications as a solvent for resins, waxes, oils, fats, lacquers, varnishes and other coatings and adhesives.

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.