Just like the faster evaporating special boiling point hydrocarbons, aliphatic mineral spirits are fractionated from selected feedstock. Their low aromatics content is obtained by deep hydrogenation.

Our aliphatic mineral spirits comprise the ShellSol D (de-aromatised) grades, the hydrotreated VM&P (Varnish Makers' and Painters') naphtha and hydrotreated mineral spirits. The number after the D-grade indicates the minimum flash point in degrees centigrade (eg ShellSol D40). For specific applications, D-grades with an extremely narrow boiling range can be made available.

Application areas for aliphatic mineral spirits are in low odour paints, wood treatment products, printing inks, adhesives, metal cleaning and degreasing, dry cleaning, aerosol formulations, household speciality products, lamp oil, lighter fluids, hand cleaning compounds, metal rolling oils and drilling solvents.

Technical data sheets

Product/Grade  Europe

ShellSol D38

Not sold

ShellSol D40

Not sold

ShellSol D60


ShellSol D70


ShellSol D80

Not sold

ShellSol D90


ShellSol D100


ShellSol D100 S


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Special boiling point solvents

Special boiling point (SBP) solvents are versatile fast to medium evaporating aliphatic hydrocarbon fluids with very low impurities and aromatics content and narrow boiling ranges.

Pentanes – aliphatic hydrocarbon solvents

Pentane is a high purity aliphatic hydrocarbon solvent primarily used as propellants in aerosols, as blowing agents in foams and as reaction media in polymerisation processes.