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02-05-2004, 03:39 PM
I was reading through an older post on NASIOC where Richard L had posted of several aliases for Methanol. These aliases included:

Methyl Alcohol
Colonial Spirit
Columbian Spirit
Methyl Hydrate
Wood Alcohol
Wood Naphtha
Wood Spirit
Methyl Hydroxide
Pyroxylic Spirit

I have been unable to find any of these spirits locally. However, I did find VM & P Naphtha. Is this the same as wood naphtha? Would it be safe to use as an injection mixture with distilled water?

How safe are r/c race fuels, I see these additives:

Xtm R/C racing fuel is 20% nitro, 99.95% pure nitromethane, 99.9% pure methanol, and 10% synthetic oil (racing castor blend). This computer certified blending ensures the same quality batch to batch!

Thanks for the help!

Richard L
28-09-2004, 09:13 PM
It looks like the 99.9% methanol will be as good as pure methanol.

I am not sure about the others.

28-09-2004, 09:36 PM
The VM & P Naphtha you found, is most probably a very light hydrocarbon.


It was commonly used as lighter fluid in the classic "Zippo" type lighters. It a very light distillate that is lighter than kerosene and about the same as mineral spirits. Not soluable in water so not very useful as a mix in WI.

What part of the country/world do you live in? Some of these names are only used in certain areas.

If your in the U.S. Look for the CAS number on MSDS sheet, if it is methanol it will have a CAS# 67561

All vendors in the U.S. should be able to show you an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for any "hazardous material" they sell. It's required by law that it be available on request. Many simply have a note book of the sheets you can look at. Each MSDS will have a CAS number on it that uniquely identifies the major chemicals.