Automotive refinish suppliers are your friend. But I use fast synthetic
thinners rather than cellulose thinners, it is much less likely to react
with an old finish that you may be spraying over.
Car accessory shops
car body paint suppliers
Google for cellulose thinners produces many on line suppliers
Note that there are different grades and types for different purposes and
prices to suit
You won;t. Can't be shipped/posted. Too inflammable.
Go to a model shop, or to a builders merchants, or to an automotive car
paint factors, or to a chemists. Or to a glass fiber supply place - for
This product is only available at B&Q's tills. It is not put on their
shelves. In other words ask a cashier who will have a supply in a
locked cupboard. When I checked I found they had Hammerite Cellulose
Thinners which was about twice as expensive as a similar sized can I
bought at a Motobitz kind of shop.
You can buy small tins in Halfords, etc, but if you find a car paint
supplier you'll get 5 litres for not much more. If you're just using it
for cleaning things get the cheap type for spray gun cleaning. If for
diluting high quality paint ask for fast thinners - it costs more, though.
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Cellulose thinner is/was derived from the cotton plant, described as a
very volatile aggressive solvent and when used as a medium for paint
(cellulose paint) it is resoluble, meaning is can be dissolved or
redissolved in its own solvent, this is how the cellulose paint
finishing system works by softening the underneath layers of (cellulose)
paint which forms a unique solid bonded mass paint thickness and not as
Turpentine is a mild resinous extract taken from pine trees described as
an oil or spirit, it it not resoluble it its own solvent which is why
you don't get solvent reactions with turpentine based paints etc, this
paint medium lays on top of each layer separately each as an individual
layer and does not form a solid bonded mass paint thickness.
You can wipe turpentine solvents over cellulose paint without affecting
the finish at all but you cannot wipe cellulose thinner over turps based
finishes or indeed cellulose because it will react, soften or lift the
paint finish like paint remover.
Turpentine, turpentine substitute, and white spirit are all compatible
with each other as they are not aggressive solvents unlike cellulose.
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cellulose is not a solvent.
Nor IIRC is it derived from cotton any more. IIRC its pretty much
cellulose acetate that is what is referred to as 'cellulose' or 'celluloid'
Cellulose SOLVENTS (things that dissolve cellulose, not are made from
it) are aggressive organic solvents mostly derived from the
petrochemical indsustry, unlike alcohols (mainly derived from starches
by fermentation) or turpentine,. which is an oily complex substance
derived from wood, or white spirit, which is either is syntehtic, or
refined version of turpentine. Wiki says its a paraffin derived
synthetic..well from oil rather than wood anyway.
What is in a typical 'cellulose' solvent is pretty variable. Has to be
since the cellulose itself may be acetate, nitrate or butyrate, and
there are various properties of the solvent like speed of evaporation
and water absorption etc. etc. that affect how its used.
A bit of idle googling reveals that ethyl acetate (pear drops) is one as
is methyl acetate, certainly acetone ethylene glycol diacetate is used..
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