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Does anyone know if Rubbing Alcohol can be substituted for Ethanol as a solvent?

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Depends on what you are solving, but mostly no. It has a lot of water and does not work as well. Typical drugstore isopropyl has from 10% to 30% water.
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I'd think unless you're doing an organic chemistry lab experiment, it would be close enough. If you're using it for cleaning purposes, you're probably not using 95.6% EtOH anyway...
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Irwell wrote:

Maybe. Not enough info to answer yes or no.
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On Sat, 11 Sep 2010 00:54:37 -0500, Paul wrote:

It is to dissolve shellac, the recipe calls for ethanol, or denatured alcohol (whatever that is).
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Irwell wrote:

In the usa rubbing alcohol is Isopropyl alcohol. It is a heavy molecule and typically has a high water content. It should work as long as you get the 90% kind. It may take longer to dry though due to the heavier molecule and the water content. Denatured alcohol is white lightning with some meth mixed in. All alcohols are skin adsorbent. Especially the 90% kind. So be careful.
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On 9/11/2010 5:10 AM, Irwell wrote:

Use the denatured alcohol - you should be able to find it at the hardware store. Denatured alcohol is simply alcohol that has been made unfit to drink. *hic*
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On Sat, 11 Sep 2010 20:23:20 -1000, dsi1 wrote:

Thanks to all who answered, most helpful advice.
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On 9/10/10 10:04 PM, Irwell wrote:

    I seem to recall reading somewhere that most rubbing alcohols contain lotion or oil.
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