The best solvent for cleaning oil-based paint
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Mineral spirits is more highly refined and has fewer odors than paint thinner.
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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
- Both are petroleum products.
- Both can be used to thin oil-based
paints and varnishes and
to clean paintbrushes.
- Paint thinner is mineral spirits,
but in a less refined form. It contains
other types of solvents,
which makes it a lot smellier
and more volatile.
- Mineral spirits is not as stinky.
Because it's more refined, it's
slightly more effective in
smaller quantities than paint
No matter which solvent you choose,
use it in a well-ventilated space and
observe proper safety precautions.