Mineral spirits are a liquid hydrocarbon solvent mixture derived from petroleum-based compounds. They blend well into oil-based paint, stain, varnish, and coatings. Primarily used for applications including cleaning agents, degreasers, varnishes, and paints, mineral spirits can dissolve grease, oil, and grime off a variety of surfaces. Odorless mineral spirits are known to be an effective substitute for turpentine and often referred to as mineral turpentine. Since turpentine has a strong odor due to its derivation from pine trees, often replacing turpentine is beneficial to the process being performed.
Benefits of Odorless Mineral Spirits
Odorless spirits can be advantageous when switching from other strong odor chemicals. The two main benefits include the odorless quality and safety.
- Odor – Mineral spirits with no odor were created by refining the petroleum-derived solvent further to remove the volatile organic compounds (VOCs). With no odor being released from the solvent, although ventilation is required, the extent of the ventilation requirements is not as severe compared to the requirements for turpentine and other strong odor solvents.
- Safety – Odorless spirits and their competitor, turpentine, both have safety protocols that must be followed since they are a fire hazard and are a health risk due to their corrosive, ingestion, and inhalation health effects. Due to the low VOC content in odorless spirits, they are less likely to cause breathing problems compared to turpentine.
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