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Re: Compass Fluid, what to use?
"Stevenson odorless mineral spirit which is paraffin based"
What the UK calls paraffin, the US used to "paraffin oil" but now calls "kerosene". The top grade, water-white kerosene for indoor heaters and the like, might cost 1/3 of that in a US store. Art supply stores...I remember what I used to pay for some of the brand names there. What can you do, that's a convenience tax. Must be doubly so when it all has to be shipped in by ocean or air freight.
Isopar L is an ExxonMobil product, apparently similar to kerosene:
Isopar™ L Fluid - ExxonMobil
"Isopar™ L Fluid is characterized as a synthetic isoparaffinic hydrocarbon solvent ... Isopar L Fluid is a liquid solvent used in paints and coatings, consumer"
Of course, now you can decant off the extra two pints and sell them to other sailors in the same situation. (VBG)