Re: MEK Substitute and current plastic cements

Matt Goodman

There was some discussion about MEK and methylene chloride replacements (as well as other sources for the latter) on the MRH site a few months back. Like all threads, it wanders a bit, but the proponent’s descriptions for the replacements is on this page:

I haven’t used either replacement, so can’t personally comment. 

Matt Goodman
Columbus, Ohio

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On Aug 20, 2019, at 11:07 AM, Nelson Moyer <npmoyer@...> wrote:

I bought a quart of MEK at Menards about two years ago, but I haven't look for it since as a quart goes a long way. Tenax is methylene chloride, and I found an online chemical supply company that will sell 500 ml bottles of methylene chloride.

The web site suggests ethyl acetate as a green substitute, but I have no experience with ethyl acetate as a styrene cement. You might also look for MEK at a full service paint store.

Nelson Moyer
Iowa City, IA

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Subject: [RealSTMFC] MEK Substitute and current plastic cements

I am on the very edge of using up the last drops of my Tenax and Ambroid liquid plastic cements, and I was jolted this morning when my reliable ACE Hardware store informed me that they can no longer carry my otherwise usual MEK (and this is IOWA, not California). I do have some Testors  (2-3 years old), but at least the bottle that I have seems to take forever or…. not at all to set up.

ACE does carry MEK Substitute (clearly so identified), but I have no idea what it is or what it might be, and I am loathe to buy a quart of something that may not at all work.  What are other listers’ experiences these days?

Excuse the cross-listing.


Denny S. Anspach MD
Okoboji, IA

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