Chemistry Question #1043

Koshoua, a 14 year old female from Leola asks on November 14, 2002,

What is the substance or chemical in nail polish that makes it dry?

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The answer

Barry Shell answered on November 14, 2002

Typically low boiling solvents like ketones, i.e. methyl-ethyl ketone. That is why nail polish can be removed with acetone, which is one of the simplest ketones.

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