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Posted 01/11/2022   11:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Mrita75 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello. I've run out of WM fluid. I'm having a very hard time finding replacement fluid at a decent price. Any suggestions? I'm in the US, Texas to be exact. Thank you.
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Posted 01/11/2022   11:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I would google for a stamp store in your area first, before you order from a store elsewhere
I just checked - there are plenty of stamp stores in your area!


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Posted 01/11/2022   12:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Mrita75 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Peter. Hmmm near me, that is open for interpretation living in the Houston Area :) - There is a Coin Shop very close by that I have visited, but not much stamp related - that store is more about buying and selling gold. A couple listed in town open by appointment or one day a week I could try. I did find a place called Topper Stamps and Postal History that I might check out - but looks like they specialize in stamp appraisals for estates and insurance. Anyhow - Thanks for the suggestion Peter. Nora.
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Posted 01/11/2022   12:26 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nora - just use lighter fuel, as most of us do.
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Posted 01/11/2022   12:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GMC89 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
In your part of the Country, Mrita, I have dealt with the Tall Texan. He take checks/cash and is good to deal with. His site can be found online "supplies4u". Mail order of course.
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Posted 01/11/2022   1:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mootermutt987 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nora - GeoffHa is right. Most of us use lighter fluid - I use plain ol' Ronsonol. It is slower 'drying' than watermark fluid, but I consider that a plus. It allows more time to see what the stamp looks like while it dries. It is much more available than WM fluid, too. I've been using it for close to 50 years.
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Posted 01/11/2022   1:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Willwood42 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Definitely lighter fluid. I just buy it at my local supermarket.
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Posted 01/11/2022   1:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add danstamps54 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Mrita,
Most of us old timers use Ronsonol lighter fluid. There are a lot of threads here on watermark fluid vs. lighter fluid.
You might want to check a few out.
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Posted 01/11/2022   2:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Definitely lighter fluid. I just buy it at my local supermarket.


That's what I use.
Australia : Hard to get, all supermarkets, delicatessens, are no longer permitted to sell lighter fluid.
Why? perhaps drug use?
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Posted 01/11/2022   3:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add No1philatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Rod222, probably because of three letters. VOC- Volatile Organic Compound, considered to be health matter as it is considered to be harmful to human beings as it offgases and is considered carcinogenic.
And how many people use old style lighters these days? Its all about flik your Bik today.

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Posted 01/11/2022   3:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This thread sent me to look for WM fluid and I was shocked at the cost. Yikes! Almost as expensive as chicken and gasoline in the "new" America. I demand a Philatelic Rescue Plan.

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Posted 01/11/2022   3:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revstampman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My family has been using lighter fluid since my grandfather started his collection (then dad's and now mine) around 100+ years ago. No ill effect to the stamps has been seen.
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Posted 01/11/2022   3:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A prior thread discussing watermark fluid in general FYI, although not so much about where to get it.

http://goscf.com/t/45247
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Posted 01/11/2022   3:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add danstamps54 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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My family has been using lighter fluid since my grandfather started his collection


When I was starting to collect, some of the old timers then used carbon tetra-chloride. Talk about a VOC!

While it was available, it did remove spots from clothing very well too though.

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Posted 01/11/2022   6:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Mrita75 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you all. I'm going to try the lighter fluid. I need to get over my hesitation. :)
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Posted 01/11/2022   6:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Timm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have used a product called Bestine for 50 years to watermark stamps without any problems. You can purchase it at art supply stores and buy it by the quart for about $25.00. Bestine is for thinning or reducing rubber cement.

A friend of mine purchased a British collection that had many expensive mint stamps that were attached with surgical tape to the album pages and each had a stain that showed through the stamp. I soaked the stamps in Bestine and the product not only removed the tape but also the stain and restored the stamps to beautiful mint never hinged condition without any trace of the tape, even under magnification.
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