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    "White Spirit" - (British People please)

    Hello all,

    On Top Gear they once gave a recipe for Bio-diesel by adding "White Spirit" to Canola/Vegetable Oil. Thing is I have NFI what "White Spirit" is.

    "Naphtha (CAS No.: 8032-32-4, 8030-30-6, 8002-05-9; aka petroleum ether, white spirit (though in the UK white spirit is something completely different), Ligroin; VM&P Naphtha (CAS No. 64742-89-8); Varnish Makers and Painter's Naphtha [1]; Benzin; Petroleum Naphtha, Naphtha ASTM, Petroleum Spirits, shellite, ronsonol; not to be confused with Naphthalene) is a group of various liquid hydrocarbon intermediate refined products of varying boiling point ranges from 20 to 75 C (68 to 167 F), which may be derived from oil or from coal tar, and perhaps other primary sources." - WIKIPEDIA.

    OK. So to Australians White Spirit is Naphtha which we commonly call Shellite.

    But in a British Context (see red bit), what is White Spirit? I've been told its equivalent is Mineral Turpentine.

    Any ideas?

    PS. Don't panic this is not going into a Land Rover. $2,000.00 later and my Disco will never see Bio-diesel again.

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    AFAIK it's dry cleaning fluid here. Definitely not Shellite, which is purely the original unleaded petrol ... from way back.

    Cheers

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    More from WIKI

    "Mineral Spirits also called Stoddard solvent [CAS 8052-41-3][1], is a petroleum distilate commonly used as a paint thinner and mild solvent. In Europe, it is referred to as white spirit".

    Does herein lie the correct answer

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    Another clue... http://www.palacechemicals.co.uk/Solvents.htm

    "SOMETIMES CALLED MINERAL TURPENTINE, WHITE SPIRIT IS THE BEST SOLVENT FOR THINNING ALKYD BASED OIL PAINTS. CONFORMS TO BS245"


    http://fuel.papo-art.com/ - This explains international names of fuels.

    UK White Spirits = Mineral Turpentine
    AU White Spirits = Dry Cleaning Fluid (cheers Rosco)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosco View Post
    AFAIK it's dry cleaning fluid here. Definitely not Shellite, which is purely the original unleaded petrol ... from way back.

    Cheers
    deffo not dry cleaning fluid....

    see here http://www.ec.gc.ca/nopp/docs/rpt/de...en/problem.cfm

    its trichloroethylene used for dry cleaning

    but always willing to contradisct myself.... see here

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_spirit

    thanks

    Steve

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    AFAIK White Spirit is Pure Gum Turpentine as opposed to Mineral Turpentine. Commonly used to thin artists paints. Also a good mix in wood finishes as it melts beeswax.

    It is plant based not petroleum based.

    And I'm not a Pom
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    The next question I have is does anybody know what the Mobil Equivalent to Naphtha (Shellite) is? I need to buy bulk Naphtha and as I have a MobilCard it needs to be Mobil. Their Shellite equivalent "Mobilite" hasn't been available for ages. I think its now called "Mobil D3135 Naphtha"

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    Quote Originally Posted by numpty View Post
    AFAIK White Spirit is Pure Gum Turpentine as opposed to Mineral Turpentine. Commonly used to thin artists paints. Also a good mix in wood finishes as it melts beeswax.

    It is plant based not petroleum based.
    Now that sounds more like it.
    I can remember the oldies having it on the farm in the 50's

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    Heres me thinking Bio was just a bit of chip fat and moonshine?

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    I thought it was gin.

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