Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Calgary, Canada
06-29-2004, 10:22 PM
TIME FOR EVERYBODY TO GET MAD AT ME AGAIN.
I said this before but, what the heck, I am a glutton for punishment.
Paint thinner is used to thin liquid paint. It will not, or should not, damage paint that has hardened and cured. It should be safe to use to remove road tar and some of the other 'gunk' that comes off roads.
LAQUER THINNER, on the other hand, is used to thin laquer (no suprises there - right?) laquer, as you know, is NOT paint. It is ALSO used as a very effective PAINT REMOVER. If you put it on a painted surface, it will remove the paint. It is also the active ingredient in carborator (sp?) cleaner because it effectively removes the varnish build-ups and deposits (of course nobody has carborators anymore).
For some reason, it seems to remove road tar but, theoretically, it shouldn't. Road tar is bituminous and should actually be impervious to acetone - but apparently it removes it anyway. Probably because it is melting the paint that the tar is sticking to.
I have nightmares about people putting laquer thinner (acetone) on a highly finished auto paint.
PS - how do you spell carborator?
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