Question - Is Varsol the same as kerosene?

Answered by: Janet Simmons  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 24-06-2022  |  Views: 1344  |  Total Questions: 14

Varsol is a solvent where as kerosene is a fuel oil. One is for strictly cleaning where as the other can be used for cleaning, burning and light lubricating. Varsol is a paint thinner that provides many different cleaning options. You can clean paintbrushes or remove built-up grease and dirt on a bicycle chain. You can even clean furniture, cars and many other objects by using the thinner to loosen difficult dirt. As a petroleum product miscible with many industrial liquids, kerosene can be used as both a solvent, able to remove other petroleum products, such as chain grease, and as a lubricant, with less risk of combustion when compared to using gasoline. Kerosene and paint thinner are each oil-based, but they are very different chemically. Paint thinners typically contain “dryers” in their chemical make-up, that is, chemicals designed to evaporate and leave behind the coating that was applied. Kerosene is slow to evaporate, and is designed to be used as fuel. It is common to find kerosene being used as a parts cleaner in workshops due to its low cost; however, it is not as effective when it comes to removing heavy-bearing grease. Aside from its ineffectiveness, there are many other reasons why you shouldn't use kerosene in your parts washer: It is flammable.

Member. Varsol is a copyright name of Imperial Oil/Esso/Exxon. It can be bought at Home Depot and places like that but it is packaged by one chemical company thay pays Imperial for the rights. It is a mineral spirit but in much purer form and therefore more expensive than cleaning solvent.

Varsol is a petroleum distillate. It contains mineral spirits. It thins all oil-based paints. Cleans brushes, rollers, hands, and anything that paint gets on.

White spirit (UK) or mineral spirits (US, Canada), also known as mineral turpentine (AU/NZ), turpentine substitute, and petroleum spirits, is a petroleum-derived clear liquid used as a common organic solvent in painting.

Varsol is a registered trademark of Imperial Oil, and has a slightly higher level of purity than mineral spirits. It has a marginally faster evaporation rate than mineral spirits.

Mineral spirits and acetone are not the same. Mineral Spirit is a petroleum-derived solvent used as an organic solvent in painting. Acetone is an organic compound, also known as Pronanone, which is colorless, volatile, flammable liquid. A common solvent is known to be used as a nail polish remover.

The difference between the two alcohols is ethanol is made from grains, fruits and vegetables and methanol usually from wood stock. WARNING: Do not attempt to drink methylated spirits. Also note that white spirit is not methylated spirits. White spirit is derived from paraffin, a by-product of crude oil processing.

White spirit is a flammable, clear, colourless liquid. It is a mixture of chemicals known as petroleum hydrocarbons. Other common names for white spirit are Stoddard solvent, turpentine substitute, mineral spirit and paint thinner.

When it comes to white spirit and other such solvents or chemicals, you should never pour these away down the sink. There's a small chance that such chemicals will damage your drain or pipes, but there is a larger one that they will cause problems further down the line.

Paint thinner, often marketed as synonymous with mineral spirits or white spirits, generally can be used to thin oil-based paint, stain and varnish, but some paint thinner labels warm against thinning lacquer or shellac. Kerosene is a less harsh, lighter oil that can thin paint.

Painters commonly use kerosene to clean their paintbrushes after painting, because the kerosene cleans the brush without damaging the bristles. Brushes cleaned with harsher solvents often lose their springiness. Kerosene can clean oil paint off other surfaces, too.

The least toxic solvents are ethyl alcohol (sold as denatured alcohol), isopropyl alcohol, rubbing alcohol, acetone, and odorless mineral spirits or paint thinner. You can often use these solvents to replace more toxic solvents like methyl alcohol, lacquer thinners, toluene, xylene, and turpentine.

Do not add kerosene to water based paints, such as acrylics or latex paints. The reason is that the kerosene could very likely cause the failure of the paint to adhere to the substrate. Only use kerosene, if you must, with oil based paints. Kerosene also has a strong, objectionable odor.

Turpentine is a paint thinner. Paint thinner is a category of solvents, and as I noted, turpentine is one. There are others, e. g. mineral spirits and naptha, both of which are distillations of petroleum. My preference for thinning oil paint, cleaning brushes is Gamsol by Gamblin.

It can be used to thin oil paint only and it will be VERY FLAMMABLE. Thinning oil paint with gasoline is not something that should be done indoors, and a proper respirator rated for organic vapors should be worn while preparing the mixture AND while applying the paint after it has been thinned.