Dimethyl adipate (DMA) is a colourless and flammable liquid. It is soluble in alcohol and ether but sparingly soluble in water. DMA is incompatible with strong oxidising agents, and on decomposition, it emits carbon monoxide, irritating and toxic fumes and gases, and carbon dioxide. DMA reacts with acids, alkalis, and strong oxidants. DMA is synthesised by the esterification of adipic acid. DMA is part of a dibasic ester (DBE) blend used as a major ingredient in several paint strippers, and the DBE blends used in paint stripping formulations contain a major portion (about 90%) of DMA. DMA is used as a chemical intermediate (polymers, agrochemicals), cellulose resins, a speciality solvent (inks, coatings, adhesives), and an emollient and can also be utilised as a paint remover and plasticiser.