Date: 16 Oct 2001 20:42:19 GMT
Subject: Re: Restoring black trim.....

Mark Croasdale <> pressed random keys until the following was produced: > I think we may have an international misunderstanding here. Not sure, but I > am guessing that... It's been known to happen in this group ;) > the contributors from the USA are referring to "mineral spirits" and regard > it as the same stuff as "paint thinners". Yup. It's a smelly hydrocarbon liquid that softens paint, is good for cleaning out brushes, and that sort of thing. I'd not want to use it on any car, unless I was intentionally stripping the paint. > In the UK, "thinners" usually > refers to celluose thinners which is used as an automotive (cellulose) paint > solvent! Ah, that, I think, is what we call "strippers". Methylene Chloride, for example? > Do our American cousins mean paraffin (kerosene), which is sometimes sold to > house painters as "white spirit" in the UK? I am having a hard time thinking of why a house painter would use kerosene (basically, a purified form of diesel fuel here), but mineral spirits, yes. Different nasty stuff. > I am worrying that scores of proud Saab owners around the world will be > chucking cellulose paint thinners all over their pride and joy. Well, we definately are speaking the same language here. Regardless of where you are, or which language you speak (UK English, or the correct English) [1], it's best to use a product made specifically for whatever you're trying to do. The names get too confuzzled by translating them. Dave Hinz [1] Yes, this is intentionally inflammatory. Get it? Volatile chemicals? Inflammatory? It's ...ahh, nevermind.

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