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Posted: 4/11/2018 11:49:06 AM EDT
I'm in California...

So I'm down to my last few ounces of the Mineral Spirits I used to add
to walnut media to keep dust down, and after going to Lowe's and Home Depot,
I can't find anything labeled "Mineral Spirits" or "Denatured Mineral Spirits".

I see lots of "stuff" in paint department.

What's the new "go to" solution?

( I'm sure "Environmental Concerns" are the culprit here. )

Thanks in advance....
Link Posted: 4/11/2018 12:33:31 PM EDT
I use NuFinish in my tumbler.
Link Posted: 4/11/2018 1:48:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/11/2018 1:56:52 PM EDT by Trollslayer]
That is very weird. I don't understand why they don't have it. Look for "paint thinner".

You want a somewhat volatile liquid (volatile = will evaporate). Acetone and lacquer thinner are too volatile and will affect the tumbler's plastic bowl. Denatured alcohol will also work but will need to be replenished more frequently than mineral spirits.

I don't use NuFinish, as it is a wax.

Home Depot does not have it on their web site, so I looked a Lowes -

$15 per gallon

Link Posted: 4/11/2018 6:43:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/11/2018 6:47:27 PM EDT by LoneStoner]
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Originally Posted By Trollslayer:
That is very weird. I don't understand why they don't have it. Look for "paint thinner".

You want a somewhat volatile liquid (volatile = will evaporate). Acetone and lacquer thinner are too volatile and will affect the tumbler's plastic bowl. Denatured alcohol will also work but will need to be replenished more frequently than mineral spirits.

I don't use NuFinish, as it is a wax.

Home Depot does not have it on their web site, so I looked a Lowes -

$15 per gallon

https://mobileimages.lowes.com/product/converted/023857/023857757118.jpg
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"Paint Thinner Substitute" is very cryptic:

Is it Acetone?

It is Kerosene?

What it IS, is "Extremely Flammable" ! (I see a "Red Flag" there!)

I'll wait for more specific info here, before I buy a gallon of this stuff.

Thanks for the help!
Link Posted: 4/11/2018 6:46:28 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Drumbic:
I use NuFinish in my tumbler.
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Thanks, but that is the "abrasive" additive, not the "dust" control
part of the formula.

( BTW, I DO use NuFinish, but in corncob media.)

The walnut is my "scrubber" and corncob is my "polisher".
Link Posted: 4/12/2018 1:02:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/12/2018 1:06:44 AM EDT by Trollslayer]
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Originally Posted By LoneStoner:

"Paint Thinner Substitute" is very cryptic:

Is it Acetone?

It is Kerosene?

What it IS, is "Extremely Flammable" ! (I see a "Red Flag" there!)

I'll wait for more specific info here, before I buy a gallon of this stuff.

Thanks for the help!
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I did not look closely enough, my bad.

"Acetone-based paint thinner substitute effectively thins alkyd paints, enamels, varnishes, epoxies and polyurethanes"

Lowes and Home Depot both have Turpentine in quarts. That will be much less volatile than acetone but I've never used it in media.

I have one gallon of mineral spirits left.
Link Posted: 4/12/2018 1:09:39 AM EDT
Walmart seems to have Mineral Spirits in stock. It seems a trip there is in order.
Link Posted: 4/12/2018 12:41:51 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By LoneStoner:
Thanks, but that is the "abrasive" additive, not the "dust" control
part of the formula.

( BTW, I DO use NuFinish, but in corncob media.)

The walnut is my "scrubber" and corncob is my "polisher".
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Originally Posted By LoneStoner:
Originally Posted By Drumbic:
I use NuFinish in my tumbler.
Thanks, but that is the "abrasive" additive, not the "dust" control
part of the formula.

( BTW, I DO use NuFinish, but in corncob media.)

The walnut is my "scrubber" and corncob is my "polisher".
AHH I guess I should have read the OP a second time. I missed the walnut part...
Link Posted: 4/12/2018 1:28:36 PM EDT
NuFinish is a non-abrasive polish.
Link Posted: 4/16/2018 12:19:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By LoneStoner:
I'm in California...

So I'm down to my last few ounces of the Mineral Spirits I used to add
to walnut media to keep dust down, and after going to Lowe's and Home Depot,
I can't find anything labeled "Mineral Spirits" or "Denatured Mineral Spirits".

I see lots of "stuff" in paint department.

What's the new "go to" solution?

( I'm sure "Environmental Concerns" are the culprit here. )

Thanks in advance....
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Weird because it is in abundance here in the Bay Area. Just picked this up in my local HD in Daly CityAttachment Attached File
Link Posted: 4/16/2018 12:52:30 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By 1098cya:
Weird because it is in abundance here in the Bay Area. [/url]
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The South Coast Air Quality Management District is a notoriously tyrannical environmental organization. They operate by mandate and are largely unchallenged (no checks and balances) in their decision-making.
Link Posted: 4/21/2018 2:07:05 AM EDT
OP use either BBQ lighter fluid or kerosene type fuel. Home Depot has both.
Link Posted: 4/21/2018 12:47:52 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By caser:
OP use either BBQ lighter fluid or kerosene type fuel. Home Depot has both.
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BBQ fluid..sounds better.

Thanks!
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