It is an economic retarder solvent used in nitrocellulose lacquers , coatings for plastic substrates and high solids coatings . It is a slow evaporation of solvent resistance with good flow and leveling characteristics. The low surface tension is valuable in applications where you need to improve wetting of the substrate. With low miscibility with water, is an excellent solvent for retarding moisture sensitive coatings . It has a high electrical resistance , which is useful in adjusting the resistivity of the applied coatings.