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I'm looking at cutting Polyurethane to use for a rub on finish, and the marvellous instruction articles and videos all say to do this with "mineral spirits". I am in Australia and unsure what this is.

Is it just mineral turpentine (turps), the same stuff that you use to clean up from oil based paints?

Is there any difference between normal turps and low odor turps for this purpose?

Or is mineral spirits what we call "white spirits" or dry cleaning fluid?

Hope someone can resolve this for me!

  • did you think of using google? – jsotola Jan 5 at 8:17
  • I have been googling for days! Haven't got a definitive answer - one site says same a mineral turpentine, most imply it is a bit different. – Gen Jan 5 at 8:30
  • The best way to find out would be to ask at a local paint store, but I suggest paint thinner, turpentine, mineral spirits would all refer to the same or slightly different solvents in a group that would all work. However, "methylated spirits" would not work. Methylated spirits is ethanol (ethyl alcohol) which has been denatured with methyl alcohol and often also with pyridine to make it toxic and unpleasant to drink. – Jim Stewart Jan 5 at 14:16

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