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Replace 3M™ Novec™ Solvents Among Ongoing Supply Issues

Cleaning process managers who depend on 3M™ Novec™ solvents continue to be hampered by supply chain issues. But their workload has not changed, and if anything, has increased as the pandemic wanes.

There’s no need to panic: Brulin stands ready with direct drop-in replacement solvents with guaranteed availability if you find yourself in this position.

Replacing 3M™ Novec™ 7100

Thanks to its broad material compatibility across many light-duty industrial applications, Novec™ 7100 is one of the most used 3M formulations. It’s best for light oils, particulates, and fluorocarbon greases and lubes, and also can be used as a rinsing agent.

If you use this solvent and can’t source it from your supplier, consider using Brulin’s SolVantage® Final Rinse instead. In addition to being the ideal substitute for Novec 7100, it can also be used as a replacement for Chemours Vertrel®, HCFC-225, and others.

Like Novec 7100, Final Rinse is a VOC-exempt solvent that is non-flammable, not a hazardous air pollutant, and has zero ozone depletion potential. While most of our clients use it as a cleaning solvent or rising agent, it also can be used as a co-solvent in heavy-duty cleaning blends to improve performance.

Proven Performance

Final Rinse conforms to a wide variety of industry standards, including ASTM F 945-12, ASTM F 519, ASTM F2111-01A, and ARP 1755. It can also be used in space applications for cleanliness verification. Final Rinse will remove organics and particulate to ensure customers are able to meet their cleanliness requirements in accordance to IEST 1246.

Replacing 3M™ Novec™ 72DA

Cleaning process managers turn to 3M™ Novec™ 72DA in vapor degreasing to replace n-propyl bromide (nPB) and trichloroethylene (TCE)-based solvents, both of which have been deemed an unreasonable risk to workers by the EPA due to their toxic properties.

Novec 72DA is both non-flammable and low toxicity, making it much safer to work with than nPB or TCE. However, 72DA is one of the solvents that have experienced availability issues, which makes it hard to find.

A mixture of 1,2 trans-dichloroethylene, proprietary fluorinated solvents, and isopropyl alcohol, Brulin’s SolVantage® Ionic is a perfect replacement. It’s the ideal chemistry for modern vapor degreasing and removing polar and non-polar soils. True to its name, Ionic removes ionic contamination from a variety of electronic applications as well as water-soluble oil residues.

Replacing 3M™ Novec™ 72DE

For more heavy-duty vapor degreasing processes, parts cleaners that use 3M products will often opt for Novec™ 72DE. Its high solvency and low toxicity make it a perfect replacement for ozone-depleting compounds, chlorinated solvents, and nPB.

We recommend that process managers consider Brulin’s SolVantage® Select as a replacement for 72DE. A mixture of 1,2 trans-dichloroethylene and proprietary fluorinated solvents, Select’s low toxicity makes it safer to use than many traditional alternatives.

Replacing 3M™ Novec™ 73DE

Shops select Novec™ 73DE for vapor degreasing where there are heavy greases, oils, waxes, silicones, and non-polar residues to remove. Its chemical composition remains stable even after extended use, and it offers better results, requires less energy use, and works faster than comparable aqueous cleaners.

If you need a replacement for 73DE, we recommend considering Brulin’s SolVantage® Flush. Our newest 1,2 trans blend vapor degreasing solvent, Flush is ideally suited for vapor degreasing in modern equipment and general cleaning.

Compared to most high-trans fluorinated solvent blends, Flush offers excellent solvency for hydrocarbon soils when compared to most similar high-trans fluorinated solvent blends. A Kb value of 94 allows it to work as a replacement not only for 73DE but nPB, TCE, and Chemours Vertrel®, as well as a carrier fluid for lubricant deposition.

Final Thoughts

As we said at the beginning, switching solvent manufacturers can be an intimidating process. However, Brulin’s long history of producing market-leading and innovative chemistries uniquely positions us as a proper drop-in replacement for 3M solvents affected by supply chain issues.

Our SolVantage® line, including Final Rinse, Ionic, Select, and Flush, are all fully stocked and ready to ship from our partners. And you can lean on our expertise as you transition from 3M Novec to Brulin SolVantage, ensuring your operation doesn’t miss a beat.

No matter the cleaning need, Brulin has the right chemistry to meet your operational objectives. Contact us today to learn more.

SolVantage® Final Rinse Test Results

LOX Mechanical Impact Sensitivity (LOXMIS)

Test Standard: ASTM G86, (2017) – Standard Test Method for Determining Ignition Sensitivity of Materials to Mechanical Impact in Ambient Liquid Oxygen and Pressurized Liquid and Gaseous Oxygen Environments.

Test Sample Details: Test samples were prepared using clean tools. The average mass was 1.162g. The bulk liquid sample was pre-chilled prior to pouring into pre-chilled sample cups (to minimize evaporation).

Test Conditions:

  • Test type: Pass/Fail using methods in ASTM G86
  • Energy level: 98 joules

Test Results:

  • 98 joule energy level: 0 reactions out of 60 impacts
  • Test Reaction Frequency: 0%
  • Test Reaction Probability Range: (see Appendix LOXMIS §5): 0 – 6%

Heat of Combustion (HoC)

Test Standard: ASTM D4809: 2018 – Standard Test Method for Heat of Combustion Liquid Hydrocarbon fuels by Bomb Calorimeter.

Material Preparation: Approximately 500 mg of the test material was placed inside and at the bottom of the sample cup using clean tools. Samples were pre-chilled prior to testing.

Material Cleaning: Material tested as received.

Test Description: The HoC testing was performed using an automated isoperibol calorimeter. The samples were pre-chilled prior to testing. A sample of material was inserted in a small cup and positioned in a stainless steel “bomb”. An igniter wire was placed across the sample and the “bomb” was sealed and pressurized with 99.5% (minimum) oxygen to approximately 300 psig. The “bomb” was submerged into a water jacket and the electrical current was applied to the igniter wire to ignite the sample inside the bomb. The automated calorimeter then accurately measured the temperature rises and calculated the ΔHc.

Test Results:

Heat of Combustion, (cal/g)
Material Test 1 Test 2 Test 3
SolVantage Final Rinse 1337 1379 1331
Average HoC ± δ = 1367 ± 27 cal/g 



Test A01 1.1
Mass .228g
Test A01 1.2
Mass .230g
Test A01 1.3
Mass .219g
AIT 260°C AIT 258°C AIT 260°C
Pressure at AIT 1901 psig Pressure at AIT 1984 psig Pressure at AIT 1972 psig
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