What're the benefits of quenching in denatured alcohol? (aka
methelated spirits, meths) Do you dilute it?
I know that meths is slower than water, ie the metal cools down
slower. And from memory stg comes out cleaner, so I guess there
is less oxygen in it.
The reason why silver, copper, brass, gilding metal etc., all
come out ‘cleaner’ after heating and then dipping in alcohol
(methylated spirits) is because the alcohol molecule reacts with
the oxides on the metals and actually combines with the oxygen in
the oxide, leaving the free metal. However, if the metals
happen to be close to or above red heat, the alcohol will catch
fire. Methanol (methyl alcohol), iso propanol, and other alcohols
will also work similarly, and so will many other solvents. Cheers,
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