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I've always used naptha as a lubricant to wet sand shellac since water will cause it to blush if it's wet too long. I've checked multiple places and can't find naphtha. Did I miss something and the stuff has been outlawed?
 

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I've always used naptha as a lubricant to wet sand shellac since water will cause it to blush if it's wet too long. I've checked multiple places and can't find naphtha. Did I miss something and the stuff has been outlawed?
News to me if it is banned. I will have to check my local hardware stores next time I go in.

In the meantime, you can try using beeswax mixed with mineral oil.

A member of my local woodturning club sells what he calls "Dust Inhibitor" wax which is a mix of white beeswax and mineral oil. I have a small container, but I have not had chance to use it yet.
 

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is naptha better than mineral spirits? and why ? I am going to be using shellac for the finish on by crib as soon as it gets less humid here..
 

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is naptha better than mineral spirits? and why ? I am going to be using shellac for the finish on by crib as soon as it gets less humid here..
Varnish Makers & Painters (VM&P) Naphtha is a purer byproduct of the refinery process for petroleum. It's much higher quality that mineral spirits.

It's a very volatile & flammable solvent that is used as a thinner. It helps the finish penetrate & evaporates fairly quickly, thereby speeding up drying times.
 

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is naptha better than mineral spirits? and why ? I am going to be using shellac for the finish on by crib as soon as it gets less humid here..
Naphtha can be used to thin varnish or oil based paint the same as mineral spirits. Naphtha is a faster drying solvent that is recommended for spray applications so runs are not as much of a problem. To me it has a cleaner feel to it if you were using it as a lubricant for sanding. For the most part I use naphtha to tell whether a existing paint in a house is latex or oil based paint. If you put some on a rag and rub the paint and it disolves enough of it that it comes off on the rag it's latex paint. The solvent won't do anything to oil based paint.
 

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I'm going to have to try the tractor supply. I've checked Ace, True Value, Home Depot, Sherwin Williams and Duron. Most don't have it at all, only a couple had quarts for what seemed like a high price.
 

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Robson Valley said:
I think that Coleman lantern & stove "gas" is straight naptha.
I believe you are correct. Also called "white gas".
 
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