Definition of mineral spirits

: a petroleum distillate that is used especially as a paint or varnish thinner

Examples of mineral spirits in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kacmarcik sands the toys smooth and finishes each using non-toxic mineral spirits rather than paint, relying on the variety of woods to provide color contrasts. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Shop local: 5 unique kid-friendly gift ideas from Louisville stores for the holiday season," 13 Nov. 2020 Should your piece have an uneven coat, smooth it with a tack cloth soaked in mineral spirits and let dry. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Clean Teak Furniture," 22 July 2020 Follow with one more wipe using a solvent such as mineral spirits or alcohol and a clean piece of paper towel or shop towel. Dan Roe, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: Milwaukee Cordless Band Saw," 20 Oct. 2019 After 24 hours, though, the finish generally has cured and is impervious to mineral spirits. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "How to remove furniture oil stains from a slate patio," 14 Oct. 2019 If a cloudy film forms, wipe the area with mineral spirits. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew in the Mustiest Corners of Your House," 6 Feb. 2019 Next, clean layers of grease and dirt off the cabinets using a wood cleaner, trisodium phosphate or mineral spirits. Daniel Bortz, The Seattle Times, "How to give your kitchen a facelift for less? Use paint," 7 Sep. 2018 Clean and smooth the area with mineral spirits on a soft cloth. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Fix Scratched and Creaky Floorboards," 11 Feb. 2015

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First Known Use of mineral spirits

1875, in the meaning defined above

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24 Nov 2020

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“Mineral spirits.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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