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Can I just use Naptha instead of Epifanes thinner

It seems it is the same thing but more expensive. Just wanted to make sure, cuz I dont mind saving a buck but dont want to skimp either. Oh I'm talking about varnishing brightwork in case it was not obvious.
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Re: Can I just use Naptha instead of Epifanes thinner

Assuming that the varnish is an alkyd modified phenolic, or better yet straight phenolic ($$)
than I can think of no better solvent than VMP Naphtha. Thinners like kerosene and the like are dilutents. There's a difference.
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Re: Can I just use Naptha instead of Epifanes thinner

I believe Epiphanes thinner is mineral spirits, which does not evaporate as quickly as naphtha. That could be important to flow and settling. If you are varnishing at all, it usually suggests you would like it to look nice. I would not cut corners. Getting varnish to look good is an art as it is.


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Re: Can I just use Naptha instead of Epifanes thinner

Yea, thats what I've been using. I have been cleaning my brushes with it also. Just realized I should just use something different for cleaning my brushes and just use epifanes with epifanes.
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Re: Can I just use Naptha instead of Epifanes thinner

Use foam brushes and toss 'em after each coat.
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Re: Can I just use Naptha instead of Epifanes thinner

I used a foam brush on my last coat and got a bunch of bubbles so I figured to heck with the foam.
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Re: Can I just use Naptha instead of Epifanes thinner

I used Epifanes with basic mineral spirits from the hardware store on a couple handrails. They turned out pretty good. Also go with what bljones said with the foam brushes. I bought a box of them. When they start to get thick on the brush, toss them and get a fresh one.

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I used a foam brush on my last coat and got a bunch of bubbles so I figured to heck with the foam.
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Re: Can I just use Naptha instead of Epifanes thinner

I did this job with foam brushes. I wasn't a believer tills tried. Final coats took about 5% thinner to flow off brush. Done over wnter, indoors, 70 degs and dry. Brushes might have been marginally better, but ou wold have to look hard.

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I used a foam brush on my last coat and got a bunch of bubbles so I figured to heck with the foam.
If you're getting bubbles, you may have aerated the varnish by overstirring/shaking it, you are underthinning, brushing too quickly, and most likely not loading the brush fully when you first start. Let the fresh brush sit in the varnish until the foam is saturated, then clean off the excess, and go to work.

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