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Blog entry by AnthonyC posted 1491 days ago 914 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was getting the shipping gunk off of my OSS (had it two years and never used it) using some Naphtha and a rag.

It was going well, and I remembered hearing that Naphtha was good at cleaning planer rollers, so I figured it should be good for any of those foam grippy things we have around the shop. So a quick wipe of my jointer push blocks and my Grripper and they are all like new again. It was amazing how much extra grip was lost from a thin coating of dust.

So I’m leaving the Naphtha with the shop cleaning supplies instead of the finish thinners.

Just thought I’d share.

-- Amateur woodworker, professional mess-maker.



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Lenny

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#1 posted 1491 days ago

Thanks for the tip Anthony. Do you know if Naphtha has different properties than de-natured alcohol?

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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AnthonyC

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#2 posted 1491 days ago

I’m certain it does. I just don’t know what they are. :)

I used to clean sanding sponges with mineral spirits and tried denatured alcohol once. It disintegrated the sponge. So I’m not sure what plastics and rubbers react with what. I do know that naphtha seems to do well with the foam rubber, though.

-- Amateur woodworker, professional mess-maker.

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Lenny

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#3 posted 1491 days ago

Hmm, I can see mineral spirits doing that but I wouldn’t expect de-natured alcohol to do so.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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8iowa

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#4 posted 1491 days ago

Just be aware that naptha is highly flamable. Be careful how you dispose of the old rags. Years ago i worked at a school bus factory where we used naptha for cleaning. One day we had a small fire on our hands that could have had serious consequences.

It goes without saying that a “no smoking” rule is a good idea when working with flamable substances.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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AnthonyC

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#5 posted 1491 days ago

Yeah, I was surprised too. This was a cheapo sanding sponge and I never tried denatured alcohol for it again. Might work with other ones, though. I suppose a test is in order the next time one of the sponges goes dull.

-- Amateur woodworker, professional mess-maker.

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AnthonyC

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#6 posted 1491 days ago

No smoking in my shop, or house. Cigars on the back deck are as close as fire gets (and those are just 2/3x a year).

Is the Naphtha still flammable after evaporating (residue)? Or just as vapor/liquid?

-- Amateur woodworker, professional mess-maker.

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tyskkvinna

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#7 posted 1491 days ago

I’ve had a shop rag soaked in naptha combust after several days (I assume it was fairly dry…?!)

It is a GREAT cleaner! The only thing I will use to clean my planer.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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