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Hydrocarbon Solvents for Paints & Adhesives

High-Purity Hydrocarbon Solvents

ChemPoint is proud to offer high-purity hydrocarbon solvents from two world-class manufacturers, Chevron Phillips Chemical and Haltermann Carless. These high-purity hydrocarbons are free from harmful aromatic compounds, demonstrate consistent quality and purity, and do not contain unsaturated compounds.

Advantages of Hydrocarbon Solvents

Hydrocarbon solvents are used in a multitude of applications, including paints, coatings, and adhesives. Hydrocarbons, derived from crude oil or natural gas, readily dissolve other non-polar or low-polar compounds, as well as offer properties like low toxicity, low odor, and high purity. In coatings and adhesives, these solvents serve various functions ranging from dissolving resins to controlling viscosity and ensuring proper application properties.

Paint Applications

One of the primary functions of hydrocarbon solvents in paints is to dissolve resin and binder components. Resins are vital in paints and coatings as they provide adhesion, durability, and other important characteristics. However, resins are often in solid or semi-solid form and need to be dissolved in solvent to create a functioning paint formulation. Hydrocarbon solvents can effectively dissolve a variety of resins to create a homogenous paint mixture.

Additionally, hydrocarbon solvents are used to adjust the viscosity of paint formulations. Viscosity plays an important role in the application of paints, affecting flow, leveling and film thickness. Paint manufacturers will adjust the concentration of hydrocarbon solvents to fine tune the viscosity of paints to achieve optimal application properties. This ensures that paints can be easily applied using various methods such as spraying, brushing, or rolling, while still maintaining the desired coating thickness and finish.

Adhesive Applications

Similar to paints, hydrocarbon solvents are used in adhesives to dissolve resins, fillers, and additives to create a cohesive bonding agent. This cohesiveness is critical for the adhesive to perform effectively and provide strong and durable bonds between substrates.

In addition, hydrocarbon solvents contribute to the tackiness and drying properties of adhesives. Tack is the stickiness or initial adhesion of the adhesive, and drying refers to the process by which the adhesive sets and forms a permanent bond. Hydrocarbons also evaporate relatively fast, leaving behind a clean and dry adhesive bond without residue or odor.

Low VOC Paints & Adhesives

Hydrocarbon solvents are advantageous in the formulation of paints and adhesives with low toxicity and low volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Hydrocarbon solvents have low VOC content and excellent solvent properties, making them a preferred choice for coatings applications that need to meet strict government VOC regulations or want to lower their environmental impact.

Importance of High Purity

We offer a wide range of high-purity hydrocarbon solvents from Chevron Phillips Chemical and Haltermann Carless. Solvent purity is critical in many paints and adhesive formulations for the following reasons:

Quality Control

High-purity solvents provide consistency and reliability to the formulation and production process, ensuring the highest quality standards. Impurities and contaminants can negatively impact the performance and appearance of paints and adhesives, leading to problems like uneven drying, color variations, or poor adhesion.


Solvent purity has a direct affect on the performance of paints and adhesives. Impurities in the solvent can alter the properties of the final product, impacting dry time, film formation, adhesion, and durability. High-purity solvents help maintain the desired performance standards of finished coatings.


High-purity solvents are less likely to react with components in the formulation, such as resins, pigments, or additives. Formulating with a high-purity hydrocarbon helps ensure compatibility and stability throughout the production process and during application, and lowers the risk of unwanted chemical reactions or phase separation.

Regulatory Compliance

Many regulatory bodies impose limits on the amount of VOCs and hazardous materials in paints and adhesives. Low-VOC, high-purity hydrocarbon solvents allow manufacturers to meet these regulatory requirements while also producing a more sustainable product.

Application Properties

Purity can also influence the application properties of paints and coatings, such as viscosity, flow, leveling, and drying characteristics. High-purity solvents allow for better control over these properties to ensure optimal performance and appearance during application and curing.

ChemPoint Portfolio

Highlighted below are grades of hydrocarbon solvent commonly used in coatings applications. Click the link below to browse the full catalog.

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