I get mine from Walmart. Yellow squirt bottle. But location varies. I used to find it one of the cashier lines. In the US, it used to be you could get the exact aisle location of the Ronsonol by going online. I can no longer find that option anymore, so I just go to the store and ask them.
Post by zepherusbane on Jun 18, 2021 8:13:52 GMT -5
bethg, I too only use lighter fluid and a black tray. I put the stamps face down in the tray, then drip enough lighter fluid on it to get it wet, then look for the watermarks while the lighter fluid evaporates.
I'm not very good at it actually. If you do find another way that's not too expensive I would love to hear about it.
For my "black tray" I use the black plastic lid from a small folger's coffee can, so it was free. For fluid I have a 4 oz can of zippo lighter fluid (probably the same as the ronsonol based on earlier comments) I bought in a convenience store for $3.69 and have only used about half of that in the past 6 years or so.
If you can't find the lighter fluid in any of your normal stores, try places that sell smoking related items, they will have it for sure.
Worldwide collector of stamps and covers! I gave up on limiting to only certain countries.
Just a comment, Ronsonol/Zippo or any name-brand lighter fluid intended for cigarette lighters is OK. Not OK is "charcoal lighter fluid" for BBQ.
The reason is that name-brand cigarette lighter fluid is well-filtered (supposedly), whereas charcoal/BBQ lighter fluid tends to be not as "clean/pure". You don't want your watermark fluid leaving any residue on your stamps. This is why I specifically stated Ronsonol. Bulk charcoal lighter fluid is even cheaper, but I strongly warn against using it because the chemical content varies considerably among brands and not as clean/pure.
There was talk elsewhere, that since Zippo bought out Ronson in 2010, they not only changed the formula (removed the naphtha) but that the filtering is also poorer. Still, I consider it the best cheap choice for watermark fluid. I use a lot of it just as a solvent (removing sticky residue left behind by labels on bottles, cabinets...) because it leaves a lot less odor than gasoline or other petroleum-based products or solvents.
I still use the old Ronsonol. I had bought a few "bottles" of it as I was doing a lot of watermarking, especially Mexico. I am now down to my last bottle and since I hardly watermark any thing, it should last.
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