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post #1 of 10 Old 06-05-2010, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Denatured Alcohol licence

Hi all .. I am just coming up to the finishing stages of buiding a guitar and I have decided to apply french polish as a finish.

Now I am told that methylated spirit as we know it in England is not suitable as a solvent because the purple dye in it will stain spruce tops. So I have no choice but to use industrial denatured alcohol (IDA) which is clear and 95% ethanol and 5% naphtha.

I know I need to obtain a licence to buy IDA and I know I get that licence from HMRC but in the usual 'lets make this as hard as humanly possible' tradition I cannot find the form needed to apply for this licence.

Question: are there any french polishers on here who can direct me to the form please. PLEASE!
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I don't know if you can find it on this list, but here is a list of downloadable HM forms.






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I am not sure if you have Everclear available in the UK, but I know some guys who prefer it to DNA when french polishing instruments.

Everclear is a grain alcohol that is 190 proof.
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I am not sure if you have Everclear available in the UK, but I know some guys who prefer it to DNA when french polishing instruments.

Everclear is a grain alcohol that is 190 proof.
And if you give up on your project who cares! Everclear has that effect

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You could try IPA (iso-propyl-alcohol). Used a great deal in electronics and fine jewellery for cleaning. should have similar properties to ordinary alcohol. Vodka has also been used.

I have a bottle or two of over proof white rum obtained on trips to west Indies. Originally with idea of making liqueurs, but have also used for cleaning and dissolving essential oils.
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thanks all ...

Johnep ... I'll look up IPA but the vodka stays in the bottle. Not going to waste good stuff on french polishing.

I have been told that I could buy denatured alcohol in 500ml bottle from a chemist with no need to show licence ... seems a bit strange but I am going to ask tomorrow. You never know.
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IPA available from or can be ordered through chemists in UK. We always kept a bottle of 500mls.
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I don't know if you can find it on this list, but here is a list of downloadable HM forms.

That is the site I have been searching ... used that list but cant identify anything that looks right. i had the same thing when i needed a form to apply for copyright permission to add something to a website once. Had to go without copyright and wait for them to contact me with the form ...

Cant even find a telephone number that gets someone who knows what you are talking about. Thanks anyway cabinetman, I appreciate the effort.
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Try using methanol
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thanks all ...

Johnep ... I'll look up IPA but the vodka stays in the bottle. Not going to waste good stuff on french polishing.

I have been told that I could buy denatured alcohol in 500ml bottle from a chemist with no need to show licence ... seems a bit strange but I am going to ask tomorrow. You never know.
In Sweden IPA is sold by chemists and is used for hand desinfection. No license needed, should be the same in UK.
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