Rublesol Lite

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Rublesol Lite is a medium-evaporating, low-odor mineral spirits. It evaporates much more slowly than turpentine and slower than odorless mineral spirits, allowing more open time and prolonged work. Learn more.

Natural Pigments released their equivalent of Essential Oil of Petroleum, called Rublesol Lite.  This is how I use it in my studio.

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Rublesol Lite is a medium-evaporating, low-odor mineral spirits. It evaporates much more slowly than turpentine and slower than odorless mineral spirits, allowing more open time and prolonged work. It also makes colors more matte upon drying. Rublesol Lite evaporates completely and leaves no residue. The solvent is highly refined and has very low levels of impurities—such as sulfur, olefins, and benzene. The total aromatic content is less than 1%.

Artists use mineral spirits as an alternative to turpentine because it is less flammable and less toxic. Because of interactions with pigments, painters require a higher grade of mineral spirits, including the absence of residual sulfur. Rublesol Lite has been further refined to remove the more toxic aromatic compounds and is recommended where painters must use a less odorous solvent.

Rublesol Lite is less toxic than other brands of odorless mineral spirits (OMS), mineral spirits, and turpentine because the aromatic components have been removed. 200 mg/m3 is the ACGIH Threshold Value or TLV (TWA) as total hydrocarbon vapor (8 hours). This means painters can work with Rublesol Lite much longer than turpentine without adverse health effects. The higher the amount, the safer the solvent is to use.


Use to thin oil-based paints for better flow, penetration, and leveling. Use to dilute wax and wax pastes. Use as a cleaner to remove wax and oil. Use to clean brushes and for general studio use.


Use Rublesol Lite to dissolve paint, varnish, or mediums, wash off the residue in warm, soapy water, and rinse in clean water.

Typical Specifications

Rublesol Lite is an isoparaffinic solvent synthesized from selected hydrocarbons under conditions that exclude virtually all odor-producing fractions. The product is consequently highly stable and retains its virtually odorless quality under normal conditions and extended storage.

Product Name:Rublesol Lite
Chemical Name:Petroleum Distillates, Hydrotreated Light
CAS No.:64742-47-8
EINECS No.:265-149-8
Density @15.6° C:763 kg/m³
Distillation–IBP176° C min.
Relative Evaporation Rate:
(nBuAc=1) (ASTM D3539)
Flash Point:61° C min.
Safety Information:WARNING! Contains Petroleum Distillates. Combustible liquid and vapor. It is harmful if swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. Affects the central nervous system. Irritates skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. Overexposure may result in nausea, headache, confusion, or instability. Conforms to the health requirements of ASTM D 4236.

PRECAUTIONS: Avoid prolonged contact with skin and breathing vapors. Keep away from eyes. Keep away from heat or flame. Use with adequate ventilation. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

FIRST AID: If swallowed, do not induce vomiting; get prompt medical attention. If eye irritation occurs, rinse with water for 5–10 minutes. If symptoms occur, move to fresh air. If symptoms persist, see a physician. For further health information, contact a local poison control center or call 1-800-445-7067.
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BrandRublev Colours
VendorNatural Pigments
Processing TimeUsually ships the next business day.

GHS Classification

Flammable Liquids (Category 4)

Aspiration Hazard (Category 1)

STOT-SE Narcotic Effects (Category 3)

Hazard Pictograms

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Hazard Designation

H227: Combustible liquid

H304: May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways

H336: May cause drowsiness or dizziness

Precautionary Statements

P210: Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces.&mdsh;No Smoking.

P261: Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapors/spray.

P264: Wash hands thoroughly after handling.

P271: Use only outdoors or in well-ventilated area.

P273: Avoid release to the environment.

P280: Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.

P301+P310+P331: IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a doctor/physician. Do NOT induce vomiting.

P304+P340+P312: IF INHALED: Remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a comfortable position. Call a poison center or doctor/physician victim feels unwell.

P332+P313: IF SKIN irritation occurs: Get medical attention/advice.

P403+P235+P405: Store in a well-ventilated place. Keep cool. Store locked up.

P501: Dispose of contents/containers to approved disposal facility.

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