If you live in a state that has banned Denatured Alcohol and need to thin your shellac, all you have to do is find some Everclear Drinking Alcohol. According to a few of my students who live in California it works just great! One of my students has a son who builds and restores guitars and he uses it all the time with his shellac with great success. If you decide to give it a try, please comment below on your experience.
God grant me the strength to restore the trailers I can, The courage to strip the parts off the ones I can't, And the wisdom to know the difference...
Another California trick, when your paint calls for naphtha to thin it, use Coleman "white gas" fuel which is 100% naptha but not banned for some reason. I used it to thin valspar tractor paint that I had to get from out of state as well. Still looking good a few years later..
Post by John Palmer on Jan 24, 2021 18:35:17 GMT -8
Yes, also Acetone is still California VOC compliant, and available. It works well to thin Rust-o-leum oil based enamel paints. It also works well for spray gun clean up.
When purchasing automotive paints, the paint dealers stock the California VOC compliant reducers and solvents for the currently available paints. The newer formulations seem like, and work just the same as the old stuff which is not available in California.
Rest assured, the rest of the states will have the same VOC regulations as California very soon. I have been told that the European standards are more stringent than the California standards. As a homeowner, we are exempt from the commercial standards, we can shoot "a quart of paint a day" unrestricted. One quart of paint (unmixed is a lot of paint.