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Old 08-30-2004, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default Any other name for Denatured Alcohol?

I live in Canada and I went looking for denatured alcohol for cleaning my E-Maxx and Revo. But I cant find it.

I can find other things, even Mineral Spirits Essence (thought it might be the same).

Any ideas? I checked Wal-Mart and Home Depot.

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My buddy said that Mineral spirits is same as lighter fluid.

He's kinda nutty but usually right.
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Ok, so I dont want the mineral spirit one.

So where can i find dentaured alcohol?
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Rubbing alcohol and isopryl alcohol are weaker versions of denatured alcohol.
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Default Denatured alcohol

Denatured alcohol is ethanol (ethyl alcohol) mixed with an added agent to make it bad for consumption, usually methyl alcohol (methanol) and other agents.

Rubing alcohol is isopropanol (isopryl alcohol).

Lighter fluid is usually butane (good for cleaning lexan bodies), mineral spirits is a thin petroleum distillate used as a solvent or thinner(for paints).

Goof-Off is xylene, great for cleaning bearings.
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Where can I find denatured alcohol?

I checked Wal-Mart and Home Depot, but nothing.
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You should try a pharmacy, I think rubbing alcohol will do if you cant find it. Ethanol is the alcohol in beer wine and spirits, that is why it's denatured-so you don't drink it. If it's listed say 95% it means 95% ethanol 5% water by volume. The alcohol evaporates quickly, water not so quickly (rust).

Neither is a particularly good solvent for hobby application though.
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Try a paint store. Denatured alcohol is also a thinner for Shellac. I find it at Home Depot or Lowes in the paint department.
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The Trinity Death Grip rubber tire cleaner smells like alcohol but it doesnt say what the ingredients are. I have started using mine for other things like removing old number decals.
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Denatured Alcohol is used as a thinner in water based paint and solvents, so go to a paint store (like Scherwin Williams) and ask for a water based thinner.

Im really not sure if its called something else in Canada. Im also suprised Home Depot didnt have any?? Did you ask for it at the paint counter?

Mineral Spirits would work just as good if not better, its the active ingrediant in motor spray/brake spray.
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