Decel Butyl

  2 – N – Butoxyethanol
  Ethylene Glycol Mono – N – Butyl Ether
  Butyl Glycol
  Butyl Cellosolve


DECEL BUTYL is a colourless, mild smelling liquid with a high boiling point. It is slightly hygroscopic and miscible with water at room temperature. At higher temperatures a miscibility gap with water occurs in the system. Butyl Glycol is also miscible with numerous oxygenated solvents, as well as with aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons and oils, it has outstanding solvent power for many natural and synthetic resins, nitrocellulose and ethyl cellulose. Butyl Glycol’s forms binary azeotropic mixtures with water and a range of organic substances.


Property Test Method Specified Limit
Colour, Pt-Co ASTM D 1209 10 max
Density at 20 deg.C, kg/1 ASTM D 1298 0.898 - 0.902
Water, % mass ASTM D 1364 0.25 max
Distillation Range ASTM D 1078  
IBP, deg. C
  167 min
DP, deg.C
  173 max
Acidity, as acetic acid, % mass ASTM D 1613 0.01 max


ASTM standards are published by the American Society for Testing and Materials, 1916 Race Street, Philadelphia Pa. 19103, USA.


DECEL BUTYL is an excellent solvent for nitrocellulose, celluloid, Colophony, chlorinated rubber and for phenolic, alkyd and a number of other synthetic resins. DECEL BUTYL also dissolves vegetable oils and mineral oils. It is miscible with the common plasticizers in all proportion.

DECEL BUTYL does not dissolve dammar, rubber bitumen, cellulose acetate, ester gums, polystyrene, unmodified polyvinyl chloride (for lacquers), polyvinyl carbazole. Manila copal, polyvinyl butyrals, chlorinated polyvinyl butyrals, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride and both indene coumarone resins dissolve only with difficulty.

Shellac, cellulose acetate, cellulose, acetobutyrate, polyvinyl formal and vinyl acetate, vinyl chloride and dicarboxylic acid – copolymers swell in Decel Butyl.


DECEL BUTYL is employed primarily in the production of lacquers based on nitrocellulose, cellulose ethers and chlorinated rubber. Small quantities are also used in combination lacquers. Solutions of nitrocellulose in butyl glycol may be diluted with very large quantities of white spirit, aromatic hydrocarbons or ethanol without adversely affecting the film properties. Small quantities of DECEL BUTYL improve both the flow and dilution capacity of the lacquers and also enhance the gloss of the resultant lacquer films.

Since DECEL BUTYL only dissolves dried lacquer coatings very slowly, it is ideal for the preparation of brushing lacquers based on cellulose esters, cellulose ethers and chlorinated rubber. Even quite small additions of DECEL BUTYL to alkyd and cellulose ether lacquers lower the viscosity of the lacquer solution considerably, thereby improving the brush out property of such lacquers. DECEL BUTYL is a good intermediate solvent for use in mineral oil emulsion. Even small quantities of DECEL BUTYL can disperse and stabilise such emulsions quite effectively.

DECEL BUTYL does not attack rubber.


205 Litres HDPE barrels Nett Weight per drum 188 kgs.