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What are some of the uses for mineral spirits?



I use it prep process for hardwood floor finishing.
 

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....a very impractical fuel alternative
 

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Mineral spirits damaging driveways? Is it possible? Have a cust. claiming it ate at his drive way and now the whole drive way is sinking. One of my guys used a lil bit to clean some oil paint off his concrete steps, and i mean just a lil paint. Then washed and cleaned the steps with soapy water. I'm guessing the cust. is trying to get a free job, He was a pita on the first job we did for him and i mean a pita. Not sure why i went back but i guess work is work until this crap happens. Has anyone had any problems like this?
 

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Yeah mineral can damage asphalt or concrete.
A better practice would be not to spill paint or thinner on the driveway. Park on the street, that way everyone will be able to see your vehicle lettering.
The more simple practices you have, the better your rep will grow. Its the little things that people enjoy.
 

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I like to use MS to run through sprayers when the ball starts getting hung to much wich tells me paint is getting built up.I think LT may be to harsh to packings and seals.
 

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Yeah mineral can damage asphalt or concrete.
I know that organic solvents can damage asphalt. In fact, if you use some MEK on fresh asphalt you can light the whole road on fire. It will actually ignite the oils before they dry... not that I've ever done that... twice... :whistling2:

However, I can't think of a reason it would hurt cured concrete. In fact, I can't even think of a way it could hurt 'green' concrete. Solvent based acrylic curing sealers are 72-80% Mineral Spirits or Aromatic 100. Regular solvent based acrylic (thermoplastic) sealers are ALSO about 72% Mineral Spirits, Aromatic 100, or Xylene. So, wouldn't you expect those to damage it at such a high percentage?

Now, if the concrete already had an Acrylic (thermoplastic) sealer on it, it may soften or even whiten the sealer... but... the sealer would recover as good as new when the Mineral Spirits evaporates.

So, maybe it's because it's midnight, but... I'm stumped...



How does mineral spirits damage concrete?



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actually even motor oil can damage asphalt over time look at the parking lots at stores and you can see where the oil spots are it's cracking.not sure about concrete or what solvents will do for that matter.yeah mek is mean.
 

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The concrete is fine and not damaged at all. He is claiming the driveway is damaged and has sunk a inch. I have talked to several people about this and they laughed at me and said mineral spirits would not damag a driveway like that. They may dry it out and the color will change a lil but it wouldnt damage it. Hell they use mineral spirits to clean oil off drive ways.
 

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The concrete is fine and not damaged at all. He is claiming the driveway is damaged and has sunk a inch. I have talked to several people about this and they laughed at me and said mineral spirits would not damag a driveway like that. They may dry it out and the color will change a lil but it wouldnt damage it. Hell they use mineral spirits to clean oil off drive ways.
Yeah he is full of it.
What i meant as far as damage to concrete was leaving it marked, stained. That is damage in my eyes. Simple practice is to not park on ppls driveways, unless the job is a long way up the driveway. jmo.
 

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The concrete is fine and not damaged at all. He is claiming the driveway is damaged and has sunk a inch. I have talked to several people about this and they laughed at me and said mineral spirits would not damag a driveway like that. They may dry it out and the color will change a lil but it wouldnt damage it. Hell they use mineral spirits to clean oil off drive ways.
Ok, I'm confused... I guess I assumed that the driveway was concrete since that is the only material you mentioned in your post. So, I'm guessing that the stairs are concrete... and... you want to know whether mineral spirits will damage a driveway... but... we have no idea what the driveway is made out of? Or, did I miss where you told us what the driveway was made out of?

Are there driveways that mineral spirits can damage? YES... Absolutely...
 

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My bad, I just re-read my post. Yes it was the driveway, there was a small amount of oil paint on the concrete steps, One of my guys cleaned it off with a lil mineral spirits and wire brush. Then rinsed off with a hose and hes claiming in one spot it ate away at the driveway and then 2days later calls and says it must of gotten under the driveway cause the whole driveway sank a inch. In my opinion he's full of it and trying to get a free job cause he was a pita on the last job we did,not this bad just picky as hell. I have heard it will discolor tar but it wouldn't eat away or sink a driveway like that. SPecialy since he just used a lil bit.
 
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