I didn't want to start a controversial thread, but I do appreciate the
feedback I got. I had asked at the local Home Depot and the people in the
paint department were unfamiliar with denatured alcohol, I guess like
someone posted, we have to have a permit for it in Canada.
Thanks to all for the input,
Making denatured alcohol is not a tiny business in Canada.
A lot is used in gasoline. I can see needing a permit for
making and importing it, but not for buying it in small
Try Fisher Scientific Canada:
If they can't sell it directly, they may be able to point
you to someone who can.
Denatured alcohol is usually sold as "Shellac Thinner" at the Borg,
so look for that instead.
: Does anyone know if denatured alcohol is interchangeable with other
: solvents? I have to spray some Zinser BIN primer but the can says I have to
: clean the sprayer afterwards with denatured alcohol. The sprayer is
: borrowed from a friend, so I don't want to experiment with it. The Borg
: don't seem to sell this and neither do the other local hardware stores.
: Maybe I will have to try a painting store.
My local Borg sells it as denatured alcohol. They all deal with the same
supplier so look for a big (gallon sized?) blue can. I don't think they
carry it in small cans. Some HD stores don't carry it at all. Another HD I
frequent explained that nobody buys it (or lacquer thinner) except drug
addicts so they won't stock it. Don't ask me what drug addiction has to do
with it - I just use it for shellac.
It's called "huffing," and it's not the addict, it's the middle-schooler who
normally huffs. By Jr High there're normally enough pushers to provide a
high, and enough money from home to buy it.
From nitrous oxide in Redi-Whip, through gasoline and foot spray, they'll do
whatever's at hand.
No way to be detached, even at the end of a busy 48-hour shift when you're
hard pressed to stay awake - you're dealing with humans. Granted, some are
incredibly stupid, but you can't brood over it.
Some days (Sunday) the kid pukes out the chunk on, and turns pink in front
of you, and even though mom and grandma don't say "thanks," the glass is at
least half full.
When a sweet-faced stranger comes up on the sidewalk to give you a hug, then
thanks you and identifies herself as the hamburger face whose left eye you
packed up and secured to her cheek before you shipped her from an auto
accident ten years back, the cup runs over.
In Canada, you can find it at the pharmacy as Rubbing Alcohol
95% anhydrous ethanol.
The paint stores here in Saskatoon didn't have a clue what I was
Lee Valley carries it as well, but unless you have a store in your city
it's too expensive when you factor in shipping.
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