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Dibasic Esters


The dibasic esters are a mixture of methyl esters of adipic, glutaric,and succinic acid. DBE is commonly used as a paint stripper.

DBE may be used at 100 percent strength or may be mixed with other chemicals, such as n-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP). DBE is also found as a solvent in semiaqueous processes.

Pure DBE has a threshold limit value (TLV) of about 1 ppm. It also has a very low vapor pressure. Thus, it is possible to mix DBE with other chemicals so that the actual air emissions are very low. DBE is a volatile organic compound (VOC) and may be regulated in your area.

DBE is considered biodegradable and may be recycled using a vacuum still.

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