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Solvent cleaning and vapour degreasing

Clean without compromise.

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    Everything you need in a cleaning solvent – without the usual trade-offs

    Don’t compromise worker safety and your sustainability for excellent performance. 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are versatile and non-flammable, with a wide range of boiling points, excellent materials compatibility and thermal stability. Used in a variety of industrial applications, including solvent cleaning and vapour degreasing, Novec Fluids offer a wide margin of safety, low global warming potential (GWP) and zero ozone depletion potential (ODP).


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Safe, sustainable cleaning performance and collaboration

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    High safety margin

    3M(TM) Novec(TM) Engineering Fluid 73DE is a safer alternative to n-propyl bromide (nPB) and trichloroethylene (TCE) because of their high margin of safety.* Typical vapour degreaser exposure is 10 ppm and all Novec fluids have a safety margin wide enough for workers to safely use them in this application.

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    Low environmental impact

    Unlike many other cleaning and vapour degreasing solvents, Novec fluids are not scheduled for regulatory phasedown. Neat Novec fluids are also exempt from the EPA’s definitions for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

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    Powerful cleaning performance

    Because of their low surface tension, Novec fluids can penetrate tight spaces and thoroughly clean hard-to-reach areas. They evaporate quickly without leaving residue, which means parts get clean faster and costly “drag out” solvent losses are reduced.

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    Where science and collaboration meet

    Get expert help with designing a new cleaning process or incorporating a replacement cleaning solution while navigating complex government regulations, safety needs, business goals and technical precision.

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    Materials compatibility

    Finding the right cleaning solution is important. That's why our line of 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids features a broad range of solvency, cleaning strengths and materials compatibilities. Novec solutions are compatible with


    • Ceramics
    • Circuit boards
    • Metals
    • Plastics


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    Cleaning strength

    A range of strengths to offer the right tool for the job, including products for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty cleaning.

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Chemical regulation update: cleaning solvents with nPB

What this means for you

Find an approved distributor of solvent cleaning and vapour degreasing products

These 3M-approved distributors understand the unique chemistry of 3M™ Novec™ Fluids.

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3M™ Novec™ Engineering Fluid 73DE is non-flammable and low in toxicity. It also has low global warming potential (GWP) and zero ozone depletion potential (ODP).

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