Denatured Alcohol

Posted by CLC on Oct 30, 2006

Denatured alcohol is probably the best of all worlds. Mild enough not to damage finishes, but pure enough not to leave contaminants on the surface. Also, not nearly as dangerous to breath or get on you as lacquer thinner or acetone.

What I don't like about mineral spirits is that I'm not sure what's in it. It leaves an oily film behind that definitely defeats attempts to epoxy over it and sometimes defeats finishes like paint or varnish.

Between coats of varnish, I use a clean rag--a CLEAN one---dampened with denatured alcohol. Not dripping. I use lacquer thinner to clean up sanded epoxy surfaces before the first coat of finish. It works, most of the time.

In Response to: Wait by craig on Oct 30, 2006