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Re: Paint Thinner
"Thinner' is like "booze". It's all the same, scotch or gin or rye (or Everclear(G), they'll all get you drunk. Which one gives you the hangover, or the best flavor, is somewhat more debatable.
The problem with "thinner" is that it can be difficult to impossible to find out just what any one brand contains (xylene? acetone? toluene? heptane and butane? naptha? turpentine?) and if you don't use what the manufacturer of your paint calls for, there's a chance it will evaporate differently and need more experimentation to get it right.
In the long run...I agree with you, "Only our thinner works" is kinda extortion. But on the other side, given the cost of "coatings" and the amount of hard labor that can be involved in putting them on, even without stripping them and redoing the job, I'd just pay the extortion, unless I could be Real Damned Sure that the ingredients were identical. Or the job was such a low priority that I could afford to experiment and possibly need to re-do it.
Depends on how lucky you are. I used to say if you were lucky, go to Vegas, because they also serve free drinks. Apparently they clock the rubes now, and you don't automatically get free drinks anymore, so...stay home and gamble on the thinner?(G)