Besides mineral spirits, the most commonl solvent used by DIY'ers is
probably either lacquer thinner (which is mostly toluene) or acetone.
But, there are so many other solvents in a paint store that one has to
wonder sometimes what they are.
For example, what the heck is MEK?
MEK stands for Methyl Ethyl Ketone, and it's acetone's closest living
relative in the paint store.
There is a class of chemicals called "ketones", pronounced "key tones".
All ketones have the general formula:
Where C=O is a carbon atom double bonded to an oxygen atom, and A and B
can be anything.
If both A and B are methyl groups (-CH3), then the chemical is called
"di methyl ketone", or "acetone" by most people's lips.
If A is a methyl group (-CH3) and B is an ethyl group (-CH2-CH3), then
it's called methyl ethyl ketone, or MEK for short.
And if you happen to be stoned, if A is the ethyl group and B is the
methyl group, it's still MEK.
So, acetone and MEK are very close chemical cousins. If you find that
acetone works in the way you want, but evaporates too fast, then switch
to MEK. MEK should dissolve everything that acetone does, but
evaporates much slower giving you more time to work.