I need me some white spirit.
March 1, 2010 11:43 AM Subscribe
I need white spirit. It seems no one has ever, ever heard of it. Am I missing something obvious?
posted by kbanas to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (17 answers total)
I'm working on a model. I bought a very nice book on weathering effects for armor from Games Workshop. I'm trying to follow the steps in the tutorials to see how they work out.
One thing I see again and again is the use of a solvent called white spirit. In the context of this book, they use white spirit mixed with enamel paint to create a thinned mixture for both oil and rust effect.
I have been to three hardware stores and have called several paint supply places looking for white spirit. Everyone seems to look at me like I'm a fucking loon. The closest I have come is that a couple guys have suggested "white gas" which apparently is a fluid used with Coleman lamps. Doing some research online, I see that white spirit is also called stoddard solvent. No one knows what this is either. Further research calls up all sorts of outlandish things - like maybe white spirit is the same thing that's in WD-40?! What?!
Now I'm thinking... hey.. Games Workship is in England, maybe this is a language barrier and all I have to do is stumble on what it's called over here, because it can't be that hard to find, right?
I would prefer not to have to order it online.
And yes, I'm sure I could use something other than white spirit, like turpentine or some other solvent or thinner, but I'd like to, at least starting out, follow the instructions as closely as I can.
Can anyone help me out?