Almost half of acetic acid production is consumed in the production of vinyl acetate , precursor to polyvinyl alcohol , which is a component of many paints . The second largest use of acetic acid is consumed in the production of cellulose acetate . In fact, "acetate" is jargon for cellulose acetate, which is used in the production of fibres or diverse products, . the acetate discs used in audio record production. Cellulose acetate can be found in many household products. Many industrial solvents are acetates, including methyl acetate , ethyl acetate, isopropyl acetate , ethylhexyl acetate. Butyl acetate is a fragrance used in food products.