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Solvent Recycling

Went into sticker shock the other day when I went down to Home Depot to get a few gallons of mineral spirits and saw the latest price, like wow!!

Anyway, has anyone looked at a simple but effective filtering system that will extend the life of the cleaner a little longer? I'm thinking of a pump working through a few oil filters, make sense?

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it's still $4.somthing per gallon at walmart still where I live, this is for the Walmart brand mineral spirits paint thinner.
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Filtering will only remove solid matter, the liquid materials held in suspension will not be removed, and the solvency of your mineral spirits will not increase.

You need a still to seperate the dissolved materials and return the solvent back to it's original strength.

We used a Recyclene model 15 at the fiberglass shop to reclaim our wash acetone...it paid for itself in less than a year, with us not having to buy near the amount of acetone we were, also the solids left in the still after distillation were dry and classified as inert solid matter...accepted at any landfill .

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it's still $4.somthing per gallon at walmart still where I live, this is for the Walmart brand mineral spirits paint thinner.


I went to like 6 places a few months ago because I also got sticker shock!! I did go to the local Big Walmart and it was at least $11 or $12 per gal. I ended up at a True Value where they had 5 gal ?? containers with only a very slight price break per gal. Yikes.
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I went to like 6 places a few months ago because I also got sticker shock!! I did go to the local Big Walmart and it was at least $11 or $12 per gal. I ended up at a True Value where they had 5 gal ?? containers with only a very slight price break per gal. Yikes.
was that for regular mineral spirits, or mineral spirits paint thinner? I use the paint thinner, because it's cheaper and is mostly mineral spirits, only a little other chemicals in it, used for paint thinning
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it's still $4.somthing per gallon at walmart still where I live, this is for the Walmart brand mineral spirits paint thinner.
Yes, I went down to my local wally world looking for the same deal and all they had was some $9.27 stuff, did not see shelf space for wally branded stuff. BTW, they got some spray can primer for $0.98/can is it any good? I'm building a bunch of shop carts and fixtures and figure I can get by with the cheaper stuff. I'm going to paint all the equipment carts the Jet ivory color when done.
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Yes, I went down to my local wally world looking for the same deal and all they had was some $9.27 stuff, did not see shelf space for wally branded stuff.
I was just gassing up my truck today and thinking (wow 15 gallons). I started thinking about the lacquer thinner we use at work. It is like $85 for five gallons. $17 a gallon. We are getting gasoline cheap compared to these other petro products.

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I was just gassing up my truck today and thinking (wow 15 gallons). I started thinking about the lacquer thinner we use at work. It is like $85 for five gallons. $17 a gallon. We are getting gasolein cheap compared to these other petro products.

Yeah, we use a couple different grades of MEK at work. One of them costs over $90 per Quart. Our synthetic gear lube (8k) sets us back 3 grand for each 55 gallon drum. Makes me glad I'm not footing the bill...



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