Product description

Eastman EB Solvent (Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether) offers numerous benefits in coating, ink, and cleaner applications. It is an excellent solvent for many coatings resin types, including alkyd, phenolic, maleic, epoxy, and nitrocellulose resins. It is an exceptional retarder solvent for lacquers, improving gloss and flow-out. Eastman™ EB Solvent is also widely used in amine-solubilized, water-based coatings because of its high flash point, complete water solubility, slow evaporation rate, low surface tension, and high coupling efficiency. This product is an effective coalescent that improves film integrity in both architectural and industrial maintenance latex paints. Its unique combination of properties enables the effective removal of contaminants when used in Industrial & Institutional and/or household cleaners.

On November 18, 2004, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) removed ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (EGBE) from the Clean Air Act (CAA) list of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP). Thus, EGBE is no longer subject to the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT), residual risk and other specific requirements found in the CAA.

Eastman sells EGBE under the brand name Eastman™ EB Solvent.

The chemical substances for this product are listed as Inert Ingredients Permitted for Use in Nonfood Use Pesticide Products, and in Food Use Pesticide Products with limitations, under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). For details on specific permissions, click here.


  • Aerosol coatings
  • Aerospace coatings
  • Architectural coatings
  • Auto OEM
  • Auto refinish
  • Coil coatings
  • Commerical printing inks
  • Construction chemicals
  • Fabric care
  • Formulators
  • Furniture
  • Graphic arts
  • Hard surface care
  • Industrial cleaners
  • Institutional cleaners
  • Janitorial & household cleaners
  • Lubricants
  • Marine
  • Oil or gas processing
  • Paints & coatings
  • Process solvents
  • Protective coatings
  • Rubber modification
  • Soap/detergents
  • Wood coatings

Key attributes

  • Efficient coalescent
  • Excellent coupling efficiency
  • Good solvent activity
  • High blush resistance
  • Inert - Food use with limitations
  • Inert - Nonfood use
  • Low surface tension
  • Miscible with water and most organic liquids
  • Non-HAP
  • REACH compliant
  • Readily biodegradable
  • Slow evaporation rate

    Regulatory information and data sheets

    Product availability

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    • Asia Pacific
    • Europe, Middle East, & Africa
    • Latin America
    • North America

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