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Thread: mineral spirits, turpentine, naptha, etc.

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    Default mineral spirits, turpentine, naptha, etc.

    Hi all:

    There has been quite a bit of discussion recently on both this and the other Canadian forum about finish thinners. Well, our son-in-law gave me a stack of magazines today to peruse (on loan) and one caught my eye with an article “Complete guide to thinners”.

    It looks like I will save my money in the future and buy mineral spirits/paint thinner instead of turpentine, the two of which can be used interchangeably. It turns out that turps (more expensive and what I have been using) is variable in rosin content and the rosin content is not declared on the label. A high rosin content may leave a soft finish.

    For the article see “Fine Woodworking”, October 2001. It has helped me.

    Best Regards, Ron.


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    Default Very Interesting Ron *NM*



  3. Default Re: mineral spirits, turpentine, naptha, etc.

    I've read that if a finish can be cleaned up with mineral spirits, then it safe to use it as a thinner. Same goes for water-based finishes as well.

    Disclaimer: I've never tried, it's just what I've read. ;^)

    Al


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    Default Re: mineral spirits, turpentine, naptha, etc.

    Al, in the article you are warned against thinning water based finishes with water except in very small amounts.

    Best Regards, Ron.

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