Paint thinner is a generic term used for a variety of organic paint solvents. The two most common commercially sold paint thinners are mineral spirits and oil of turpentine. Mineral spirits are a petroleum distillate com... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance

Most paint thinners contain aliphatic hydrocarbons, dimethyl ketone, turpentine, methyl ethyl ketone, glycol ethers, xylene and ethylbenzene. However, different kinds of paint thinners have different chemical composition... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance

Mineral spirits and paint thinner are essentially the same product, except mineral spirits is more refined and costs more than paint thinner. According to The Family Handyman, both chemicals are petroleum substances, but... More » Science Chemistry Solutions & Mixtures
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