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 Post subject: Refractol...
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:30 pm 
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I've spent a significant amount of time trying to buy Refractol online with no success. It seems it has been discontinued for a long, long time.

I have found many crazy chemicals and none seem very friendly. The only thing that comes close to Tourmaline's RI is carbon disulfide with an RI of 1.63.

Should I just go for one of those chemicals or try to settle with lower RI Refractol substitutes I've found online (mainly in Etsy).

I would appreciate any valuable input :)


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 Post subject: Re: Refractol...
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:23 am 
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Yeah, I think refractol is toast, but there are lots of substitutes. Adamas markets one, Wayne Emery has one, there are some on Etsy, and here's a thread about it on the USFG https://usfacetersguild.org/forums/topi ... available/

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Refractol is benzyl benzoate which is easy to find RI =1.568
Do not buy or do ANYTHING with carbon disulphide. Very toxic. On the short list of things I won't fool with which should scare away anybody.


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