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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Saaros in Yerushalayim / batim paint & thinner in NY?

After many years, my source for Saaros (R' Kendle, the magia near the Mir) has stopped selling them. Who sells clean/cut Saaros in Yerushalayim?

I'll be in the US soon and need to purchase a liter can of batim ("Benedict") paint locally since taking in a suitcase is illegal. Who sells it in the NY area?

In Israel we use thinner (21) to thin down the batim paint. Thinner 21 isn't sold in the US so I've been using Acetone, as recommended to me by a batim worker in NY. Do you know if any sofrim/dealers imports/sells the thinner 21 in NY, as I prefer it over the Acetone?

8 comments:

  1. You can get the paint by Nachman Gutman in Boro Park, he works in the same office as Bais Hastam on 13th Avenue between 51st and 52nd street above Tiny Tots

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  2. You can also use Lacquer Thiner for diluting the Benedict. It's not available in large gallon containers due to environmental/health concerns. However, you may find it in smaller quart size containers in places like Home Depot, etc. as they still make it available for people engaged in handy crafts.

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  3. I've tried lacquer thinner and it was a disaster.

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  4. Why? What are the problems you are encountering?

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  5. stop by our office as ELi said and leave yourself enough time I will try to give you all the supplies and we can discuss many stam issues.If you can drop me an email with your schedule thesofer@yahoo.com
    Shmuel Traube partner with Nachman Guttman

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  6. Alberto, I tried it years ago so I don't recall the details but it messed up the paint.

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  7. Regular thinner will always mess-up the Benedict causing it to lump-up and curdle. However, the "Laquer Thinner" works well and does the trick.

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  8. You should be able to get the thinner at an art supply shop. Just check with a competent posek that the local brand is kosher l'peh.

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