TBAc is a flammable solvent with a strong camphor-like odor, a medium evaporation rate, medium polarity, low toxicity, and negligible environmental impact. The physical properties of TBAc solvent set it apart from other VOC-exempt solvents: broad solvency range, an intermediate evaporation rate, low density and a flash point well within accepted industry parameters. This combination of properties, in conjunction with its VOC-exempt and non-HAP status, are key to the versatility of TBAc solvent.


North America, South & Central America


SDS - Safety Data Sheet
PSB - Product Stewardship Bulletin

Product Data and Technical Information

Corporate Statement

Our TBAc brand of tertiary butyl acetate is a unique non-HAP, VOC-exempt* organic solvent with versatile performance and negligible photochemical reactivity. It is designed to solve many of the compliance issues facing manufacturers and end-users of formulated products.

Benefits & Applications

A versatile oxygenated solvent offering a unique physical property profile, TBAc solvent can be used alone or in solvent blends in applications including coatings, inks, adhesives, industrial cleaners and degreasers. Whether incorporated during resin production or in formulation of the final product, TBAc solvent provides effective performance in a wide range of technologies, resulting in significant reductions in VOC and HAP content. reductions in VOC and HAP content.

In October, 2010, an Environmental Security and Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) report was issued by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) regarding the use of TBAC in MIL-spec applications. After exhaustive testing, TBAc solvent was found to effectively clean dirt, grease, soot, paint debris and burned-on carbon from vehicles and equipment before painting operations, while providing leading environmental and cost benefits. Based on process parameters developed in lab evaluations and bench-scale tests, full-scale testing was performed at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Texas, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia and the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia.

Manufacturers of formulated products in almost all markets are under increasing pressure to reduce VOCs and HAPs and to develop formulations with lower overall environmental impact. TBAc solvent can be used to bring current formulations into compliance with Section 183(e), Federal VOC content limits, MACT HAP content limits, state-adopted CTG limits or local emission restrictions with minimal reformulation effort and no additional capital expenditures. TBAc solvent is also VOC-exempt under Green Seal standards GS-36 (adhesives and sealants), GS-47 (stains and finishes), and GS-11 (Paints & Coatings).

The unique combination of properties of TBAc solvent makes it an ideal candidate for solvent substitution in many applications. Used alone or in blends, it is a potential substitute for a variety of HAP solvents and VOCs including aromatics (toluene and xylene), ketones (MEK, MIBK), and other esters as well as ozone depleters such as methyl chloroform, CFC-113, and 1,1,1-T.

Chemical Category

Esters, Carbonates