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What is the chemical composition of nail polish remover?

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sukhija | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 21, 2008 at 4:22 PM via web

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What is the chemical composition of nail polish remover?

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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 18, 2014 at 4:44 AM (Answer #2)

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nailpolish remover is usually made of acetone, water, propylene carbonate, dimethyl glutarate, dimethyl succinate, dimethyladipate, glycerin, gelatin, fragrance, denatonium benzoate. (refrence: from the back of my nailpolish remover)

It can also be made of ethyl acetate.

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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted December 21, 2008 at 8:19 PM (Answer #1)

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The chemical formula for nail polish remover (acetone): CH3COCH3

In your nail polish, there are coloured molecules that are attached to resin molecules. Those resin molecules must be dissolved by acetone and no other substance like water, alcohol, or oil.

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