Originally Posted by Nickog
I use alcohol and yesterday, I tried acetone for the first time. I notmally put the trim in a jar, add the solvent, and shake for 30 seconds. Strain, and repeat with more solvent. I let it air dry in a flat pan.
With the alcohol, I get an oil that sticks to everything! The batch with the acetone looked just as green in the liquid form but once dried, was easy to roll in a sticky ball. The ball looks green, but not black!
Do you have any experience with naptha? I am not sure what the difference is.
From what I can tell, there is a lot of heated discussion over solvents and what is safe or not.
In my mind, acetone, mineral spirits and lacquer thinner are all the same!
I really appreciate your input!
You didn't say how you were preparing your material, but I suggest doing trim whole and lightly packed for QWISO.
30 seconds is pushing it. I would try 15 to 20.
Alcohol extract is sticky. I've never done acetone.
I have never used naptha (white gas) either, because it is hard to purge, but it a mix of hexane and heptane, both of which I have used.
Acetone, Mineral spirits, and lacquer thinner are different chemicals.
Hexane is a lot easier to remove than heptane or ostensibly naptha.
I usually use butane, hexane, ethanol, or isopropanol for oil extractions.
I also extract the concrete using one of the other solvents, and wash it in ethanol to clean it up into an absolute.
Jump 117 has published a couple tutorials on producing amber with alcohol that you might check out in this forum.