What is IPA (isopropyl alcohol)
IPA stands for isopropyl alcohol.
It is one of the same alcohols as ethanol, the alcohol component of liquor.
However, unlike ethanol, you cannot drink it.
It is highly toxic, and in Japan it is also a solvent that falls under the law of organic solvent poisoning prevention regulations.
Your around IPA
IPA is often used as an industrial cleaner or diluent, but it is also included in the Household products in our daily life.
As a Cleaning Agent
The Eyeglass lenses cleaner also contains IPA.
It is used because it dries faster than wiping with water, and it can easily remove fine dirt such as dust and sebum.
It is also used as a cleaner for players such as CDs and DVDs.
Some contact lens cleaning solutions also contain IPA.
For Automotive products
It is used as automobile fuel tanks draining agent.
The water that enters the fuel tank will remain unmixed with the oil fuel, which may cause rust depending on the fuel tank material. By using a water draining agent (IPA), fuel and water are mixed, and water is also burn as fuel. IPA also used as a water repellent in automotive glass.
IPA is used to dissolve the resin contained in the water repellent. IPA melts the resin, and when applied to glass, it is easy to dry and has good workability.
There are IPAs for general use, but many are used as industrial cleaners and diluents.
Specifically, as a cleaning agent to wipe off fingerprints and dust, or to wash away flux, It is used as a raw material for paints and inks and as a diluent for diluting it.
Why IPA is used
Why use IPA instead of ethanol?
Why is IPA used even though it is the same alcohol?
Ethanol is used for drinking and isn’t it safe!
Some may think that.
In fact, there is a big relationship with ethanol being “drinkable as liquor”.
Alcohol is subject to a “liquor tax”. If it is ethanol, the liquor tax will be applied and the cost will increase.
In that respect, IPA does not incur the tax, so you can get it cheaply.