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McFly

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03-29-2017 01:07 PM

Any value to xylene other than as a solvent for cleanup? I have a can of it and was wondering if it might work as a thinning agent for spraying clear coat poly.


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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 03-29-2017 01:55 PM

yes it would work …however the drying time would be increased …better solvent would be lacquer thinner …. IMO …..GOOD LUCK :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 03-29-2017 01:59 PM


yes it would work …however the drying time would be increased …better solvent would be lacquer thinner …. IMO …..GOOD LUCK :<))

- GR8HUNTER

I normally do use lacquer thinner for clear coat, but if it won’t have any adverse effects other than an extended dry time, I might try using it on a few pieces of scrap to see how it goes.

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#3 posted 03-29-2017 02:45 PM

Lacquer Thinner for Poly?

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#4 posted 03-29-2017 02:50 PM



Lacquer Thinner for Poly?

- jbay


LOL. I had to re-read the entire thread wondering wjat the heck you were taking about before I realized I had mistakenly added poly to the OP.

No, the clear coat I use is Sherwyn Williams Sher-Wood LOVOC nitrocellulose lacquer.

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#5 posted 03-29-2017 02:56 PM


Lacquer Thinner for Poly?

- jbay

LOL. I had to re-read the entire thread wondering wjat the heck you were taking about before I realized I had mistakenly added poly to the OP.

No, the clear coat I use is Sherwyn Williams Sher-Wood LOVOC nitrocellulose lacquer.

- McFly

You should step up to the SW Sher-Wood T77 F58 pre-cat lacquer.
You’ll never use nitrocellulose again. :)

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#6 posted 03-29-2017 03:31 PM

Lacquer Thinner for Poly?

- jbay

LOL. I had to re-read the entire thread wondering wjat the heck you were taking about before I realized I had mistakenly added poly to the OP.

No, the clear coat I use is Sherwyn Williams Sher-Wood LOVOC nitrocellulose lacquer.

- McFly

You should step up to the SW Sher-Wood T77 F58 pre-cat lacquer.
You ll never use nitrocellulose again. :)

- jbay

I’ll have to see if I can get a sample from our shwerwyn Williams rep.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 03-29-2017 03:37 PM

Okay perhaps I have not had enough coffee yet this morning. Where does one get this Sher-Wood T77 F58 pre-cat lacquer? I pulled up Sherman Williams local store site and cut and pasted this into it, nothing…. LOL Or maybe they are afraid to sell lacquer to the locals in my area? LOL

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#8 posted 03-29-2017 04:09 PM

Can you use xylene to thin oil based poly? Yes but might want to read this article first. Xylene is more toxic than either mineral spirits or naphtha! Both mineral spirits & naphtha contain a little xylene in it! Lacquer thinner may also contain some xylene.

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/article/A_Primer_on_Solvents

I would be worried about getting the right mix of thinner to poly to lay down a good coat that is durable. Better to use the mixing instructions for product you are using.

Cannot use xylene for water based poly!

-- Bill

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#9 posted 03-29-2017 04:29 PM

We used a lot of xylene in printing in the 90s, mixed 50/50 with acetone. Alone it takes a very long time to dry. Matter of fact we kept a big open tub of xylene for cleaning and it never evaporated. I would definitely experiment before using it on a project.

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McFly

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#10 posted 03-29-2017 07:44 PM



We used a lot of xylene in printing in the 90s, mixed 50/50 with acetone. Alone it takes a very long time to dry. Matter of fact we kept a big open tub of xylene for cleaning and it never evaporated. I would definitely experiment before using it on a project.

- Rick M

I never experiment on a workpiece. Always scrap first to see how it goes.

Been burned before, so never again.

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#11 posted 03-29-2017 08:05 PM

If all else fails, pour it in your gas tank. It is about 115+ octane.

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#12 posted 03-30-2017 12:14 AM

Xylene is a great solvent, but it is highly carcinogenic. I supervised a unit in a refinery where we made it; heavy duty personal protective equipment required, including supplied air full face respirator. I would not play with it. Benzene or toluene either.

The workers used to try to get out of wearing the PPE because it was inconvenient, and they didn’t seem to believe they needed it. Then they would reminisce about all the old timers that died from rare cancers.

-- John

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#13 posted 03-30-2017 01:09 AM



Okay perhaps I have not had enough coffee yet this morning. Where does one get this Sher-Wood T77 F58 pre-cat lacquer? I pulled up Sherman Williams local store site and cut and pasted this into it, nothing…. LOL Or maybe they are afraid to sell lacquer to the locals in my area? LOL

- woodbutcherbynight

Sherwin Williams should have it. Local branches don’t carry it where I live, I go to their industrial branch.
This is it, maybe you could print it and take it to them if needed.
https://www.paintdocs.com/docs/webPDF.jsp?SITEID=STORECAT&lang=E&doctype=PDS&prodno=T77F57

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