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Anyone know the Thai equivalent of Mineral Spirits in Thailand? The available choices at the hardware store are in Thai making it difficult to determine what chemicals are used. I specifically need hydrocarbon based Mineral Spirits to clean wet polyurethane from polycarbonate. I know the mineral spirits sold in the USA wont harm the polycarbonate whereas pine based turpentine will destroy the polycarbonate. To make maters worse, it is beginning to sound like some version of mineral spirits is actually sold as turpentine. I suppose another solvent could work in this application but I am familiar with mineral spirits and I am reluctant to risk damaging the polycarbonate with an unknown product.

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26 minutes ago, Time to grow said:

Anyone know the Thai equivalent of Mineral Spirits in Thailand?

They use the English rather than American term.

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33 minutes ago, Time to grow said:

To make maters worse, it is beginning to sound like some version of mineral spirits is actually sold as turpentine.

Since White spirit is a cheaper alternative to turpentine used in painting and originally also called turpentine substitute, that isn’t surprising 

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5 minutes ago, sometimewoodworker said:

They use the English rather than American term.

Thank you so much. This is a great help to me. Much appreciated.

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6 minutes ago, Time to grow said:

Thank you so much. This is a great help to me. Much appreciated.

The only difficulty is in knowing which of the 4 different versions of white sprit and of those 4 which of the three flash point versions is in use, also if any of that makes any difference in your particular use.

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2 minutes ago, sometimewoodworker said:

The only difficulty is in knowing which of the 4 different versions of white sprit and of those 4 which of the three flash point versions is in use, also if any of that makes any difference in your particular use.

Just when I thought it was all coming together....

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It is quite fun using the google translate photo app and seeing the different translations of the Thai, you gain a better understanding of why Thai people can’t understand what we are talking about.

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It is quite fun using the google translate photo app and seeing the different translations of the Thai, you gain a better understanding of why Thai people can’t understand what we are talking about.

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5 minutes ago, ExpatOilWorker said:

What is the stuff they sell in 5 gal metal cans labeled "Thinner"?

 

There seem to be a wide range of thinners on the market: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paint_thinner

There is usually something more than just thinner on the label though it may be AAA.

 

however paint thinner varies from H2O through CH3OH, White spirit,  C3H6O, C7H8, and others just called esters and ketones, many of these can be mixed together.
 

So the first point is what paint do you want to thin, then do you have a mask with Organic Vapor Cartridges and how aggressive a thinner do you want.

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More google translation fun

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18 minutes ago, Time to grow said:

Those are awesome!

I rather like the “Reminder to keep the hands around the children”

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Mineral spirits covers such a wide range of possibilities. The OP would be better off going with known chemical names. For the cleaning he wants to do, does he want:

A aliphatic hydrocarbon? Straight chain or isomeric?

An aromatic hydrocarbon?

An alcohol?

A ketone?

A halogenated compound?

I suspect he needs an aliphatic, in which case he should buy AR or GR grade hexane to be sure of what he is getting. Highly flammable.

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