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    Re: Sextant on ebay
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2006 Sep 6, 15:43 -0500

    Courtney wrote:

    > By the way, just left Home Depot [lookin' at paint remover] and noticed that
    > the ratio of prices for:
    > lacquer thinner, mineral spirits, and paint thinner
    > was:
    > 3  :  2  :  1
    >
    > What's the chemical difference  ?

    Long story short.

    As Red pointed out, thinner can be anything (even water for water-based
    finishes.)

    Mineral Spirits is a petroleum distillate, and can be used to thin certain
    paints (oil based?).  It is also safe to use to clean most cured finishes,
    so not really a stripper.

    Lacquer thinner is what its name implies, and contains Acetone, Toluene,
    Methanol and other nasty ingredients.  It will also eat into many older
    finishes including lacquer and enamel, so could be used as a stripper for
    those. (Particularly older solvent-based finishes).

    Stripper is nasty as well.  Most contain(ed) Methylene Chloride if memory
    serves, as well as the ingredients common in lacquer. Methylene Chloride is
    heavy.  Instead of shopping by price, shop by weight.  Compare two like-size
    containers containing Methylene Chloride of stripper by different
    manufacturers.  The heaviest contains more Methylene Chloride.  Buy that
    one.

    I too have been very pleased with the performance of the orange-citrus brand
    of stripper, but do not recall its active ingredients.

    Bill 




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