Favourite (non huffing) solvents

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by nateo, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. nateo

    nateo Schubie Fan #1

    Mar 2, 2003
    Ottawa, Ontario
    I'm just wondering what everyone uses as a solvent / thinner / cleaner. I've tried turpentine, paint thinner (i.e. contaminated turpentine), mineral spirits, and isopropanol. Thus far my experiences are that mineral spirits are good, but take longer to evaporate than some and isopropanol is to be avoided for most applications since it'll ruin your finish pretty quick.

    I've heard plenty about naptha, but I've never gotten around to buying myself a jug. What do you folks use as your old standby for non huffing applications? Any particular reasoning for it?

  2. Scott French

    Scott French Dude Supporting Member

    May 12, 2004
    Grass Valley, CA
    I use naptha for tape goo/dust/grease, acetone to disconnect myself from items I have tried to super glue, and MEK to clean my spray guns.
  3. +1 for Naptha. I use it as my general degreaser before painting and for removing pencil lines. It's also my general solvent.

    I use Acetone as the do-all solvent when nothing seems to do the job. In chemistry and next to water, acetone is one of the most used solvents.

    I used denatured alcohol for all of my shellac work.

    I use Xylene as my 3rd part component with my paint process. It's also the ONLY thing that will remove aged paper from the surface of acrylic sheet

    I use mineral spirits for oil based paint removal on substrates that can be damaged by other solvents - if it works.
  4. T-34


    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    Like Hambone, I use naphta as my main solvent and acetone for difficult cleaning.
  5. DavidRavenMoon

    DavidRavenMoon Banned

    Oct 20, 2004
    Naptha is good, and I've used MEK in the past.. but it's quite nasty stuff! If you use superglue you need to have Acetone handy... (pun intended!)
  6. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    I use automotive grease & wax remover. It's sold under the names Prep-wash, Prepsol, Precleano...just about every autoparts store carries their own brand of it. You can find it near the lacquer thinner and Bondo. I use it mostly to wipe down surfaces before spraying, which is what it's originally intended for in the autobody trade. It's removes goo and is great for de-greasing fret wire too. It evaporates quickly and doesn't leave a residue or streaks behind. It's generally safe for plastics.

    I use lacquer thinner to clean my paint gun and mineral spirits to wet sand. A little acetone here and there...
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    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
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