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    no more naptha in LA county

    I went to my local hardware store to buy another can of naptha and there was none on the shelf. I asked a store employee and was told that naptha could no longer be sold in Los Angeles County until it was "reformulated" whatever that means. I tried a couple other stores and found the same thing. I did locate some Ronsonol (last can) in one local grocery store.

    The hardware stores do have "mineral spirits" which the can says leaves no residue and I wonder if that is an acceptable substitute for cleaning shutters, etc. Does anyone know?

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    Naptha and mineral spirits aren't equal I've only used MS once and went right back to Naptha. I don't believe it evaporates anywhere near as fast as Naptha, I tippled a little bit on the bench & rather than evaporating as I expected, it laid there until I wiped it up. No sign of evaporation at all.
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    This will help explain, Southern Ca is banning products that are 100% VOC. http://www.mgchemicals.com/downloads...pguide0607.pdf
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    Naphtha does evaporate much faster than mineral spirits. That's why it makes a good fuel for lighters and things like culinary torches. It can also be used to thin oil-based paints, when one wants the paint to dry faster.
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    wow really? its stuff like this... common, people have used this stuff for years.

    ugh ridiculous over regulation, a burden to taxpayers and stores selling it. no one wins.

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    Try to find Coleman Stove Fuel. WalMart usually has it in the camping section. Dries real fast. Cheap too. I just did a Ilex #5 for a friend with it. If you can't find that then a pharmacy could sell you 99% Isopropyl alcohol. Don't use the 91%.

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    Take a Saturday drive up north to farm country, where sane people live, and you should be able to buy some.

    Get a few gallons, bring it back into the belly of the beast, and hoard it with your canned food and bullets. (Oh! Wait! Wrong message board.)

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    I would suggest 'white gas' which may be what Coleman calls Stove Fuel. It's very flammable and evaporates very very fast and clean. It should be available where ever they sell MSR camp stoves.

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    Sure this is not related to trying to crack down on the production of methamphetamine?

    If it was all VOC's how will the ladies learn to live without nail polish?
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    Just looked Naptha up on wikipedia:

    "It is a broad term covering among the lightest and most volatile fractions of the liquid hydrocarbons in petroleum. Naphtha is a colorless to reddish-brown volatile aromatic liquid, very similar to gasoline."

    So... how can anyone justify banning Naptha.... without banning cars?
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