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The Science Behind Faster, Safer Cleaning with Surfasolve

Surfasolve can effectively replace acetone or similar solvents for almost any use in composite manufacturing. Please read the technical data sheet of each product for a more comprehensive list of applications.

How Powerful is Surfasolve compared to Acetone and other solvent replacement brands?

It's important to understand that all solvents are measured in Kb values. The Kauri-butanol value ("Kb value")is an international, standardized measure of solvent power for a hydrocarbon solvent, and is governed by an ASTM standardized test, ASTM D1133. The result of this test is a scaleless index, usually referred to as the "Kb value". A higher Kb value means the solvent is more aggressive or active in the ability to dissolve certain materials. Mild solvents have low scores in the tens and twenties; powerful solvents like chlorinated solvents and "High Sol 10" or "High Sol 15" (naphthenic aromatic solvents) have ratings in that are in the low hundreds.

In terms of the test itself, the kauri-butanol value (Kb) of a chemical shows the maximum amount of the hydrocarbon that can be added to a solution of kauri resin (a thick, gum-like material)in butyl alcohol without causing cloudiness. Since kauri resin is readily soluble in butyl alcohol but not in most hydrocarbon solvents, the resin solution will tolerate only a certain amount of dilution. "Stronger" solvents such as benzene can be added in a greater amount (and thus have a higher Kb value) than "weaker" solvents like mineral spirits.

A higher Kb value means the solvent is more aggressive or powerful in its ability to dissolve certain materials. Mild solvents have low scores usually within the tens and twenties range; and more powerful solvents like chlorinated solvents and “High Sol 10” or “High Sol 15” (naphthenic aromatic solvents) have ratings in that are in the low hundreds.

Surfasolve has a Kb value of 900+. This is almost 400Kb over other solvent replacement technologies available today. Surfasolve is hands down the most power solvent replacement technology in the industry. A KB Value reference chart (see left) shows how that rating compares with other traditional solvents.


Surfasolve Products

Surfasolve Tool Cleaner

› Used in Lamination
› Continuous duty cleaner for rollers, brushes, scissors and tools
› Flushing all equipment (recovered and then used several times)
› Cleaning Equipment (Marine, Automotive, Technology, Manufacturing, etc.)

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900+ Kb

Surfasolve Cleaner

› Used in assembly, P.I. and final finish
› Cleaning applications requiring the flash off nature of acetone without residue
› Cleans, 5200, adhesives, all caulks, overspray, paints, grease, etc.
› Removes oxidation from old gel coats

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900+ Kb

 

 

Kb Value comparison chart
Product Kb Value
Toluene 105
Xylene 98
Perc 92
Mineral Spirits 37
Kerosene 34
MEK N/A
Acetone N/A
Competitor Brand Solvent Replacement 500
Surfasolve 900+

acetone replacement
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