Methylene Chloride commonly known as Dichloromethane is a heavy duty paint stripper. Methylene Chloride (Dichloromethane) is an organic compound that is a colourless, clear liquid, volatile and very dense. The solvent is not miscible in water, it is polar, which means it is miscible with other solvents. Methylene chloride is useful for many different processes and is a popular solvent as it is so versatile.
Methylene Chloride is a product you need to handle with caution as it is quite a dangerous chemical if misused. It is important to note that it will pretty much strip anything off everything, so please understand the implications of this before using. If you need advice on how to use the chemical please do not hesitate to reach out.
Methylene Chloride Uses:
Methylene Chloride is used as an industrial solvent in paint strippers, paint removers, film coatings, pharmaceuticals, finishing electronics manufacturing, and used a propellant in aerosols. It is a highly effective paint stripper that is often used as a graffiti remover as it works to dissolve and uplift the paint.
Methylene Chloride in the food and beverage industry is used as an extraction solvent. In this process the methylene chloride works to remove the caffeine from unroasted coffee beans and tea leaves, to make decaffeinated coffee and tea. It is also used to extract hops for beer and other flavourings for the food industry.
Within the manufacturing and transportation industry, Methylene Chloride is used to degrease metal parts and equipment. It can be used to remove oils and grease from cars and motor parts.
Methylene Chloride Hazards:
Dichloromethane (DCM) is a highly volatile solvent which means it has acute inhalation. The symptoms of this include fatigue, nausea, headaches, dizziness, numbness, and possible irritation to the eyes. DCM can also be absorbed through the skin and long-term impacts include irritation or chemical burns.