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    Question Is Naphtha called "WHITE SPIRITS" over here?

    Can't find any Naphta here

    Is its acronym in Ireland and in the UK "white spirits"?

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    Yes

    White Spirits, Varsol White Spirits, Mineral Spirits, Naphtha, Waste Naptha Flammable Liquid UN2553


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naphtha
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    OK, so I am going to leave one of my hats in White Spirites.

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    Turpentine? Turps? paint brush cleaner?

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    Hi Mr. H,

    I think Naptha is more like lighter fluid - "zippo juice". I found white spirit to be more like brush cleaner/turpentine.

    I recently used some to try to remove polish from a pair of shoes. It did a so/so job.

    I switched to straight lighter fluid, and that did the job a lot better. It evaporated quicker as well. The white spirit took longer.
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    Okay... maybe I'm wrong! I read the Wikipedia article that Andykev pointed out...

    I picked up a bottle from the local pound shop... Stinky stuff, Daniela was ready to throw me out of the house for turning the kitchen into a toxic wasteland!
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    Quote Originally Posted by matei
    Okay... maybe I'm wrong! I read the Wikipedia article that Andykev pointed out...

    I picked up a bottle from the local pound shop... Stinky stuff, Daniela was ready to throw me out of the house for turning the kitchen into a toxic wasteland!
    LOL, that's funny!

    Yeh I'm kinda confused about this issue.

    Also we have turpentine AND white spirits here....

    What the blimey is the difference?

    Which is Naphta?

    I'd hate to spoil a 65 year old lid of any description!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Kurtz
    Turpentine? Turps? paint brush cleaner?

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    Sorry - what do you mean...?

    Are you saying that turps IS Naphta as found in US?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. 'H'
    LOL, that's funny!

    Yeh I'm kinda confused about this issue.

    Also we have turpentine AND white spirits here....

    What the blimey is the difference?

    Which is Naphta?

    I'd hate to spoil a 65 year old lid of any description!!!

    According to the wiki:

    White spirit
    White spirit, also known as Stoddard solvent is a paraffin-derived clear, transparent liquid which is a common organic solvent used in painting and decorating.

    It is a mixture of saturated aliphatic and alicyclic C7 to C12 hydrocarbons with a maximum content of 25% of C7 to C12 alkyl aromatic hydrocarbons.
    Turpentine
    Turpentine is a fluid obtained by the complex distillation of resin obtained from trees, mainly various species of pine (Pinus). It is composed of terpenes, mainly the monoterpenes alpha-pinene and beta-pinene.
    Hope that's clear...
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    They call white spirit Naptha over there...

    I believe that they are actually two seperate things, although probably interchangeable for clothing, shoe and hat cleaning purposes. You can DEFINITELY use white spirit for 'home dry cleaning'. Napthas are a hydrocarbon group, so the use of the term 'Naptha' is a generic one for the actual stuff, which I'm sure is closer to gasoline. I actually used to fill up my Zippo with premium unleaded, straight form the pump.

    'Brush cleaner' is like laquer thinner/reducer/solvent, a hydrocarbon solvent.
    All those specialised solvents are different articles but I'm making a distinction betwen 'alcohol/meths', 'Turps' and 'solvents'(the nasty solvents- how's that?)

    'Turpentine BP'(British Pharmacopeia, not BP- can be taken internally)is distilled from pine tar- 'Mineral Turpentine' is turpentine substitute, used for example,to thin 'enamel' or alkyd paints(in the good old days at least), as opposed to the 'solvents', used for automotive/spray paint(laquer) and printing inks.
    I use methylated spirit to make shellac, turpentine in shoe polish, white spirit for the DIY dry cleaning, although some of the nasty solvents are probably better but unknown quantities.

    I once used a de-greasing/matting agent called 'Liquid Sandpaper'- that was nasty!


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