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What are white spirits and mineral spirits blends?

White spirits and mineral spirits blends are mixtures of paraffins, cycloparaffins and aromatic hydrocarbons with boiling ranges which typically lie between 150°C and 220°C. They are clear water-white liquids, chemically stable and non-corrosive and possess a mild odour. Examples of the Shell Chemicals range are LAWS (Low Aromatic White Spirit), ShellSol 15 and ShellSol H.

How are white spirits and mineral spirits blends used?

White spirits and mineral spirits blends are used as solvents or diluents in thinners for paints and varnishes, paint driers, colour printing of fabrics, metal cleaning and degreasing, preparation of furniture, shoe and floor polishes, dry cleaning formulations and in the rubber industry.

What are our key strengths in the hydrocarbon solvents sector?

Broad product line: Our wide range of solvents enables us to cover most - if not all – solvents customer requirements. In this way we can help to rationalise and reduce the costs of procurement.

Global security of supply: Shell Chemicals are leading global suppliers of solvents, with strategically located plants offering continuous long term supply.

Consistency of product quality: long term production experience and development of proprietary Shell processes delivers product of high quality and consistency.

Multiple sales channels: customers can choose from a range of sales channels - direct dealings with our own customer service contacts, through distributors for smaller quantities, or via e-channels such as Customer Lounge or Elemica.

Experienced support staff:Shell Chemicals have in-depth knowledge of solvents products, their applications, and health, safety and environment issues. Local sales staff are well trained to identify and meet customer business needs.

Product lists and their status in different countries
Product/Grade Africa Americas Asia Pacific Europe
ShellSol* 7 EC Not sold Datasheet Not sold Not sold
White Spirit Not sold Not sold Datasheet Not sold
Low Aromatic White Spirit (LAWS) Datasheet Not sold Datasheet Not sold
ShellSol* 15 Not sold Datasheet Not sold Not sold
High Aromatic White Spirit (HAWS) Not sold Not sold Datasheet Not sold
Kristalloel 60 (K60) Not sold Not sold Not sold Datasheet
High Flash White Spirit Datasheet
Not sold Not sold Not sold
ShellSol* H Not sold Not sold Not sold Datasheet
ShellSol* 2325 Datasheet Not sold Not sold Not sold
ShellSol* 2046 Not sold NOTE: sold in South America only
Datasheet
Datasheet
Not sold
ShellSol* 1495 Not sold Not sold Datasheet Not sold
Aguarrás BA Stoddard Not sold NOTE: sold in South America only
Datasheet
Not sold Not sold
Base Para Insecticida (BPI) Not sold NOTE: sold in South America only
Datasheet
Not sold Not sold
ShellSol* 90 Not sold NOTE: sold in South America only
Datasheet
Not sold Not sold

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