Not just handy for a smoke …

Fluid for your Zippo lighter ?…

Aliphatic hydrocarbon solvents, petroleum hydrocarbon solvents

Petroleum distillates is the term commonly used to refer to aliphatic hydrocarbons. Aliphatic hydrocarbons can actually be divided into two groups: petroleum distillates and synthetic paraffinic hydrocarbons. We use petroleum distillates to mean both types of products.

The aliphatic hydrocarbons may be of straight chain, branched or cyclic molecular structure. Aliphatic hydrocarbons such as alkanes, isoparaffins and alkenes are the major components of gasoline. Many solvents can contain a blend of different aliphatic types or aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons depending on the end use. Common aliphatic solvents are e.g. mineral spirits, petroleum naptha, petroleum distillate, cyclohexane, octane, pentane or isopentane, nonane.

Petroleum distillates include mineral spirits, kerosene, white spirits, naphtha, and Stoddard solvent. These products may contain trace amounts of benzene and other aromatics.

Aliphatic hydrocarbons can actually be divided into two groups: petroleum distillates and synthetic paraffinic hydrocarbons. We use petroleum distillates to mean both types of products.

They are typically used when water contact with the parts is undesirable. Cleaning with petroleum distillates lends itself to simple, inexpensive, one-step cleaning in situations where a high level of cleanliness is not essential. Petroleum hydrocarbons have high solvencies for many “hard-to-clean” organic soils, including heavy oil and grease, tar, arid waxes. In addition, they have low liquid surface tension, which allows them to penetrate and clean small spaces.

The petroleum distillates (and paraffinic hydrocarbons) work well on hard-to- clean organic soils such as heavy oil and grease, tar, and waxes.

These products typically have low liquid surface tensions (22 to 28 dynes/cm). This allows them to penetrate and clean small spaces.

Ronsonol lighter fluid was/is the most popular goto solvent to use for camera clean up for it’s naptha ingredient … I always keep a couple of bottles around to unstick those old gummed up leaf shutters … and to generally clean everything.

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