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#1 posted 10-19-2011 01:15 AM

I’ve mentioned this on another thread already, but it might be worth bringing it up here. In California there is now a substitute for mineral spirits that has a mix of acetone and petroleum spirits. I recently tried to thin spar varnish with it and got a strange buttery matte finish. A chemist friend suggests the acetone is causing the resin to separate out of the varnish. This kind of mix should be avoided.

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