do any drugstore chains still sell lighter fluid? I asked at CVS
yesterday and they recommended a tobacconist's, but I'm guessing that's
a waste of time, as wouldn't someone who likes good cigars/pipe tobacco
be using wood matches rather than a Zippo?
I'd really just like to have some for cleaning small stains in
upholstery, but it seems quite hard to find. And I'm guessing that it
can't be mail ordered :)
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Yeah, but not all naptha is the same chemically. Naptha isn't a single
pure substance; it's a soup of several different hydrocarbons that all
have relatively low boiling points, and come off the distillation column
in the refinery near each other. If you're just going to burn it, it's
probably all pretty much equivalent, but if you're using it as a
solvent, you may care what it is chemically.
My own experience is that "lighter fluid" naptha and "paint thinner"
naptha are both pretty good are removing the adhesive from sticky
labels, while not attacking most plastics (at least over the span of a
minute or so). While "camping fuel" naptha is a lot more aggressive at
dissolving some plastics; I don't recommend it for sticky labels.
When I'm doing something particularly sensitive to contamination, like
cleaning gunk off a lens when water plus detergent (lens cleaner) and
alcohol won't touch it, I tend to use Ronsonol lighter fluid. It
evaporates with no residue.
You can often buy Xylene from the same shelves as generic "paint
thinner", and that's a well-defined single chemical compound no matter
who makes it. But it's a pretty strong solvent, and has a strong smell
too, so I avoid it when I can.
they changed the formulation to "reduce odor & lessen possible skin
irritation", at least that's the party line, who knows? maybe
the EPA or air pollution considerations
you could try various naphthas, which are the "catch all name" for a
general group of different flammable liquid mixtures of hydrocarbons
lighter ones (lower molecular weight / density) are probably what you
want....lighter fluids being towards the lighter end and hopefully
with the fewest impurities
I can still get it just about anywhere, even Walmart.
Around here, since it classified as a smoking related item, it's often kept
on shelves behind the counter with things like cigars, Bics, etc. Depends
on how anal it is where you live.
I always got it at the grocery store. Making a trip there today and
will look to see if things related to smoking have changed that much.
Of course the old type lighters using that stuff are probably getting
pretty rare as the butane ones are so much more convenient.
I would also suspect that barbecue starter fluid is probably the same
Despite what others have suggested (hardware stores, supermarkets,
etc) I too have been finding it harder and harder to find Zippo and
Rosignol (sp?) in my area. I tried a tobacco shop and the price was
ridiculous, especially for the amounts I use.
My last purchase was from the following site. Any order of three or
more 12oz cans, including shipping, gets the per-ounce price below
anything I can find locally - and I don't have to drive all over town.
I'm ready to place my next order...
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