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    Boolit lube has thickened up

    Hi all,
    Iíve been useing Liquid XLOX White label lube and I like it a lot. Last night I went to lube some boolits and the stuff has really thickens up, is there any way to cut it with something to thin it back out?
    Thanks
    Paul
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    While I don't have the White Label version, I've used the Lee LLA version for many years. If it has dried out you can thin it with a touch of mineral spirits. If it's just cold, you can warm it in a container of hot water. Either way will usually get it flowing again.

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    I put the bottle in a pan of hot water until it gets liquid, then add mineral spirits and mix well.

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    Well I followed ya’lls advice I put it in hot tap water for about an hr, then I put just a smidgeon of mineral spirits in it and I’m back in business, thanks guys.
    Paul
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    First- Don't heat the whole bottle of Alox. Only heat a small amount that your going to use.

    When the whole bottle is headed, it gets to thick.

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    I'm using the same lube. And I'm new to this whole casting thing. Mineral spirits have been suggested but it is not legal in my state.

    After much research, I purchased and used this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Kingsfor...1178/100587591

    I've used it once and the results have been very good. I'm sure you will get other good answers as well in these forums. Good luck!

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    How i warm the small amount i will use. Put some Alox in the red cup. Heat water just below boiling.

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    I just learn some tips here. Thanks for the pictures

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    Quote Originally Posted by G. Freeman View Post
    I'm using the same lube. And I'm new to this whole casting thing. Mineral spirits have been suggested but it is not legal in my state.

    After much research, I purchased and used this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Kingsfor...1178/100587591

    I've used it once and the results have been very good. I'm sure you will get other good answers as well in these forums. Good luck!
    California keeps sounding worse and worse.

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    ! Ca. outlawed mineral spirits ? !! OMG, is there nothing they won't outlaw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by G. Freeman View Post
    I'm using the same lube. And I'm new to this whole casting thing. Mineral spirits have been suggested but it is not legal in my state.

    After much research, I purchased and used this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Kingsfor...1178/100587591

    I've used it once and the results have been very good. I'm sure you will get other good answers as well in these forums. Good luck!
    Many years ago I worked for a company that used a lot of solvents in the paint department. Our vendor gave me some "charcoal lighter fluid", that according to the salesman, was a mixture of a lot of leftover solvents. I couldn't identify any by odor but it did the job.

    For the quantity used, I prefer odorless mineral spirits to cut alox. I use some Alox 606-55 that I bought a large quantity of years ago. I just guess at the amount of mineral spirits. Usually I add Johnson's wax to make a rough version of Ben's tumble lube. Yes! It stinks but I don't object to the odor and never get leading from my .45 ACP plinkers.
    John
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