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Solvent question - what's the difference ? (1 Viewer)

Kirk Gunn

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Ok...what's the difference between paint thinner, turpentine, mineral spirits, brush cleaner, etc ???? They all seem to smell the same and pretty much do the same thing. What key concept am I missing that make us need all this variety ?

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Dennis Nicholls

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Real turpentine is made by boiling sticky pine trees. Paint thinner is IIRC mineral spirits: distilled from crude oil.
 

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