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Old 07-11-2016, 09:23 AM   #29
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Looking on the Internet mineral spirits are not banned in California. Home Depot still offers it. What's probably different is the formulation. Appears to be a low VOC product.

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Old 07-11-2016, 09:44 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by Alumineer View Post
You're thinking of methane, which is the primary constituent of natural gas.

Methanol is the alcoholized form of methane, and it is a liquid at room temperature. It's also called "methyl alcohol" and the water-diluted form is called "methyl hydrate", which is commonly available in home improvement stores.

Methanol is used as the base component for model airplane engine fuel, it's available mixed with gasoline in ratios up to 85% for use in car engines (with suitable adaptation for the fuel flow rate required, and the corrosiveness of methanol) and it's also the primary constituent of windshield washer fluid as an antifreeze. In Canada, windshield washer fluid usually has enough methanol to be rated to -40F / -40C.
I knew something seemed wrong when I was doing the post, but I didn't follow up my suspicion. Thanks for the correction.

I've seen -40˚ windshield washer fluid in Colorado, but more often lately it is -20˚. That may be because I moved to a warmer part of the state. Having experienced -40˚, I'm glad I'm not a windshield in the mountains.

Does methanol evaporate as quickly as rubbing alcohol? I remember people using some form of alcohol in their radiators—that was in the 1950's. After one season, it was too weak to work again. If methanol does evaporate fairly quickly, I guess windshield washer has a shelf life issue in the container and in the vehicle.


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Old 07-12-2016, 12:38 AM   #31
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I am polishing my '58 Traveler and I have been using mineral spirits to clean between polishing grades. I don't want to use anything more harsh that may degrade any sealants in place.
I sometimes do varnish work (but not for my Traveler) and have always used mineral spirits to clean my brushes, I have some brushes that are decades old. These were expensive back then and are "old friends" ...after I clean them I work some motor oil into the bristles to keep them from drying out, then wrap them in aluminum foil to help them keep their shape and then seal them in a baggie before putting them into the freezer. When needed I let them thaw & then clean again with mineral spirits.
WD 40 works well for most things but I Want My Mineral Spirits!
wow! I am not there yet. I just ordered the Cleaner/Wax as stated in the manual. Thanks for the info.
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Old 07-12-2016, 08:32 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by kscherzi View Post
Looking on the Internet mineral spirits are not banned in California. Home Depot still offers it. What's probably different is the formulation. Appears to be a low VOC product.
This is not the mineral spirits of yesteryear.

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