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Forum topic by Straightpiped posted 11-21-2008 02:11 PM 1179 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2008 02:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mineral spirits finishing

I hear alot of talk about Mineral Spirits as a finish. I was at Ace Hardware yesterday buying some paint thinner cause I am painting a boat and its 100% Mineral Spirits. Is this the same stuff?


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#1 posted 11-21-2008 02:25 PM

Yes it is the same stuff but mineral spirits is not a finish. You can apply it to wood to simulate what a clear topcoat will look like but it will simply evaporate in just a few minutes and leave nothing behind.

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#2 posted 11-21-2008 03:11 PM

Mineral spirits is a solvent, mineral oil can be used for a finish.

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#3 posted 11-22-2008 05:03 PM

you can add minieral spirits to thicker finishes like polyurethane, BLO, or 100%pure tung oil to thin it so that it is easier to wipe on and to also help it cure faster. If you do it this way it won’t build as fast, so it takes more coats. I’ve found that it has less of a plastic look.

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