ALTERNATE SOLVENT SUBSTITUTES
A-1. The information in the following tables was extracted from the Hazardous Technical Information Services Bulletins
from Fall 1993 and Jan-Feb 1994. Lower values listed in the Comments/Results column indicate the amount of residue
left on surfaces after the tests were completed.
One identified substitute, "X-Caliber, had some of the lowest test result readings, and was shown to be one of the most
efficient, versatile substitutes tested. Two other substitutes, "PF Degreaser" and "Siege," are also very good cleaners, if
something other than X-Caliber is needed. Another product, "Blue-Gold", is very efficient for ultrasonic cleaning in
electroplating, replacing methyl chloroform, which is usually used in the vapor-degreasing step. PF Degreaser is also
efficient in cleaning vacuum components.
X-Caliber is one of the most aggressive and expensive solvents available. This solvent
affects some paints and plastics. This material is not recommended for general cleaning
procedures where a less aggressive alternative will be adequate. The use of X-Caliber
is recommended for the removal of un-cured resins, pin, polyurethane foams and for
plastic welding or where other alternatives do not provide adequate cleaning.
TABLE A-1. ALTERNATE SOLVENT SUBSTITUTES