Mineral Spirits Uses and Applications

Mineral Spirits Uses and Applications

What Are Mineral Spirits?

Mineral spirits are a colorless liquid made up of petroleum distillates. They are the key ingredient in paint and varnish products used to prevent corrosion in coated metal surfaces. These solvents are also used in maintaining tools and machinery and it is good at thinning oil-based substances. Although most used for paint-thinning, mineral spirits have many other uses.

Mineral Spirit Applications

  • Cleaning paint brushes
  • Degreasing car parts
  • Cleaning sticky residue
  • Restore and clean wood

How To Use Mineral Spirits

To use mineral spirits, first, wipe down and clean the surface of the item you are using. Pour a small amount of the mineral spirit on a rag and gently rub the cloth across the surface of the item. Do not scrub harshly, as a little bit of product goes a long way. After, take a dry cloth over the item one last time. To dispose of the used rag, completely soak the rag in water to prevent contamination or fire, since mineral spirits are extremely flammable. Store leftover solvent in a tightly closed container and store in a cool, well-ventilated area.

Although mineral spirits are less potent smelling than typical paint thinning lacquers, must be used in a well-ventilated area. Mineral spirits are also highly flammable, so use with caution. For more information, please call (800) 563-1305 or contact us here!