Paint thinner and mineral spirits both work well for cleaning oil-based paint, but there are subtle differences, including odor and cost. This brief run-down will help you decide what's best for you.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:June 2012
Mineral spirits is more highly refined and has fewer odors than paint thinner.
Paint thinner is mineral spirits in a less refined form.
Mineral spirits or paint thinner…
which is better? For cleaning
brushes, paint thinner is best since
it's half the cost of mineral spirits
and basically works the same.
Other than the price, the differences
between the two solvents
No matter which solvent you choose,
use it in a well-ventilated space and
observe proper safety precautions.
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