Citrus Natural Solvent, a paint thinner alternative, is used as a direct replacement for mineral spirits and odorless mineral spirits. Our citrus paint remover can be used wherever paint thinner or mineral spirits are required as a natural, safer alternative. “Citrus Solvent” is not the same as Citrus Solve or Citri Solve or any of the host of other cleaning products on the market. It is however an excellent degreaser, paint thinner alternative, and can be used to replace petroleum chemicals such as mineral spirits. “Citrus Solvent” is 98% pure citrus peel oil extracted from the peel of the orange fruit. The other 2% is water. This small amount of water is emulsified in the solvent and will not raise wood grain but is released into the air as the solvent evaporates. “Citrus Solvent” does not contain any emulsions, surfactants or any other additives that paint thinner products do. Our brand of Citrus solvent is “Water Clear” and not deep orange like lower grades. “Water Clear” means that it will not add more amber color when mixed with Pure Tung Oil. Our “Citrus Solvent” does not contribute to depletion of the upper ozone or to smog like mineral spirits or paint thinner, but is gently returned to earth with the rain. Actually it is continuously being released into the air in every orange grove.
Unlike paint thinner, our “Citrus Solvent” does not promote damage in the internal organs of the body when breathed but is passed through. As a matter of fact, when you drink orange juice from the store, you drink small amounts of Citrus Solvent. However this does not mean to throw caution to the wind and celebrate by taking a healthy swig of solvent.
Another advantage of Citrus Natural Solvent as a paint thinner alternative is that Citrus Natural Solvent can be easily disposed of with no threat to the environment.
Citrus Natural Solvent is a biodegradable solvent occurring in nature as the main component of citrus peel oil. Citrus Solvent’s interesting chemical properties, pleasant citrus aroma, & FDA-GRAS rating (“generally recognized as safe”) have earned the product phenomenal acceptance in many diverse chemical applications. Citrus Solvent can be used in its pure form blended with most other solvents & drying oils.
Uses & Applications
As a straight solvent, citrus natural solvent is a paint thinner alternative that can replace a wide variety of products, including mineral spirits, methyl ethyl ketone, acetone, toluene, glycol ethers, and of course fluorinated and chlorinated organic solvents. Replacement for toxic chlorinated solvents, glycol ether, MEK (methyl ethyl ketone), xylene, Freon, and CFC’s parts cleaner, engine degreaser (automotive, aircraft and aerospace industries), electronics cleaning, tar and asphalt remover, asbestos shingle remover, graffiti remover, grease trap maintainer, lift station and sewage treatment applications, hand cleaner, floor cleaner, printing press cleaner, carpet stain cleaner, metal cleaner, aerosol ingredient, fragrance additive, deodorant for petroleum industry, heat transfer medium, and possible candidate for a variety of medical applications.
Citrus Natural Solvent is the major component of the oil extracted from citrus rind. When citrus fruits are juiced, the oil is pressed out of the rind. This oil is separated from the juice, and distilled to recover certain flavor and fragrance compounds. The bulk of the oil is left behind and collected. This is food grade citrus solvent. After the juicing process, the peels are conveyed to a steam extractor. This extracts more of the oil from the peel. When the steam has been condensed, a layer of oil then floats on the surface of the condensed water. The result is technical grade citrus solvent, the type of citrus solvent we offer.
In the past decade, the use of citrus natural solvent has expanded tremendously. Much of the product goes into making paint solids, used into impart an orange fragrance to products, and used as a secondary cooling fluid. But the largest growth segment has been the use of citrus solvent in cleaning products. This has occurred in both industrial uses and in household/institutional products. Citrus solvent can be used either as a straight solvent, or as a water dilatable product.
As with most organic solvents, citrus natural solvent, is not water soluble, so it can be used in the typical water separation units. With KB value of 67, citrus solvent has solubility properties close to that of CFC’s indicating that it is a much better solvent than a typical mineral spirit or paint thinner. Straight citrus solvent can be used as a wipe cleaner, in a dip bath, or in spray systems as a direct substitute for most other organic solvents.
Note: Citrus Natural Solvent can only be ground shipped through UPS (Go Brown) because of it flammability rating; therefore, overnight, second day or any air deliveries are not possible. Whenever possible, it is easier for us to ship UPS as they have a complete tracking system which allows us to track the package. We can ship via Priority Mail through the US Postal Service to Hawaii and off shore locations. Tracking however is not good with USPS.
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At Faifer & Company, Inc. as well as The Real Milk Paint Company we do our best to provide safe products as well as information. However we can not guarantee that individuals with compromised immune systems or allergies will not have a reaction to our products. We strongly recommend that each person take their own personal responsibility in testing this product for their own personal use.