White spirit is a mixture of aliphatic and alicyclic C7 to C12 hydrocarbons, which is a flammable, clear, colorless liquid. It is a mixture of chemicals known as petroleum hydrocarbons and also known as mineral turpentine, turpentine substitute, petroleum spirits, solvent naphtha (petroleum), Stoddard solvent, or, generically, “paint thinner”, is a petroleum-derived clear, transparent liquid used as a common organic solvent in painting and decorating.

White Spirit – high FBP
White Spirit – high FBP
Properties Unit Specification Test Method
Color Saybolt 24 ASTM D 156
Flash Point vol% 45 ASTM D 93
Aromatic Wt% 32.20 ASTM D 5580
Sulfur Total g/cm3 0.0828 ASTM D 4294
Density @  15 °C °C 0.795 ASTM D 1298
IBP °C 155 ASTM D 86
10% Evaporated °C 162
20% Evaporated °C 165
30% Evaporated °C 168
40% Evaporated °C 171
50% Evaporated °C 174
60% Evaporated °C 179
70% Evaporated °C 183
80% Evaporated °C 193
90% Evaporated °C 209
95% Evaporated °C 223
100% Evaporated °C
FBP °C 245
Cetane ASTM D 976


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Application of White Spirit

white spirit is used as an extraction solvent, as a cleaning solvent, as a degreasing solvent and as a solvent in aerosols, paints, wood preservatives, lacquers, varnishes, and asphalt products. White spirit is the most widely used solvent in the paint industry. In households, white spirit is commonly used to clean paint brushes after use.

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