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Forum topic by Jimothy posted 07-16-2019 11:09 PM 470 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-16-2019 11:09 PM

Hey yall. Basically ive realized i need to remove the natural oil from certain woods brfore glue up
To allow proper adhesion. Makes sense, since wood glue is water based and oil repels water. Ive had joints come apart, then wiped them down with acetone and reglued and all worked out.

My question now is : could i use Lacquer Thinner for this purpose instead of pure Acetone? Apparently Acetone is the main ingredient in lacquer thinner anyway? Im not sure what the difference is between acetone and lacquer thinner, and it would save me some money if they both worked well for removing oil from oily species.

Let me know your thoughts and experiences!

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#1 posted 07-16-2019 11:46 PM

You can use lacquer thinner. It’s just a blend of acetone with slower evaporating solvents. It’ll strip the oil just fine.

If you’re curious what’s in it, or any other product, search for its SDS. Here’s the SDS for Crown brand:

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#2 posted 07-17-2019 05:22 AM

Essentially mineral spirits, Naptha, Acetone, and Lacquer thinner will all strip the oils from oily imports, so you can get glue adhesion. I don’t use them often, but when I do I use Acetone now. Years ago I only bought MS, so I used that, and it worked.

The only things I have used it for was glue ups, and way back TBIII and Ape glue were not invented, pretty much was Elmers, or hide glue. Stuff still held together with MS, and Elmers. Some even advocate soap and water on Teak to remove the oils. I’d worry more then about grain raising, not sure if it would be significant enough, but I never did the soap and water deal

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#3 posted 07-17-2019 06:32 AM

Thanks guys!!

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