21st November 2019


Where acetone is used?

Acetone is a good solvent for many plastics and some synthetic fibers. It is used for thinning polyester resin, cleaning tools used with it, and dissolving two-part epoxies and superglue before they harden. It is used as one of the volatile components of some paints and varnishes.

Is acetone a base or acid?

The pKa of acetone is 20. The lower the pKa of an acid, the stronger the acid. For example, HCl has a pKa of about -7. Relatively speaking, acetone is a very, very weak acid (as User mentioned, it's even weaker than water!) but still an acid nonetheless.

Is acetone and rubbing alcohol the same thing?

It is usually made with isopropyl alcohol, but it is different because its acetone properties makes it a solvent. Rubbing alcohol's molecular structure, similar to ethanol, does not allow it to dissolve plastic or nail polish. Both are extremely flammable, however.
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