||Radome Depainting Evaluation at Tinker Air Force Base.
Howell, S. G. ;
||Southern Research Inst., Birmingham, AL. ;Pacific Environmental Services, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC.;Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH. National Risk Management Research Lab.
Environmental chemical substitutes ;
Aircraft maintenance ;
Performance evaluation ;
Paint removers ;
Solvent properties ;
Waste disposal ;
Methyl ethyl ketone ;
Evaporative emissions ;
Air pollution control ;
Tinker Air Force Base ;
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This report summarizes a laboratory scale screening study which evaluated ten solvent solutions as potential replacements for methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) in TAFB depainting operations. Five strippers were commercially available, and five were blends prepared by the Austin, TX research laboratories of Huntsman Corporation. Three of the Huntsman solvents completely removed the top two coats while leaving the primer untouched. This concept of leaving the primer layer intact is being considered by the USAF as a suitable alternative to complete removal. By leaving the primer layer intact, it would ensure that the substrate is not damaged during the depainting operation. Additionally there may be some economic advantages in relation to material and manpower savings.