January 26, 2018 at 3:05 pm #3881
Is Refractol gem immersion fluid still being manufactured and sold? If not, what are people using as a replacement?
Nancy AttawayJanuary 26, 2018 at 4:10 pm #3882
Graves still lists it, but I suspect their catalog is out of date. A search for “refractol substitute” brings up a number of possibilities, but I’m not qualified to evaluate them.January 26, 2018 at 8:31 pm #3886
Try contacting Ladyrockhound.com I believe she has some. She had at least 20 jars but she showed me a trick using a lazer light for clarity and to see inclusions. $15 I believe. She is the one that makes the italdo diamond spray. Good Luck.January 26, 2018 at 10:17 pm #3891
I know that Refractol is no longer being distributed, but I have been distributing a replacement, “ImmersAll” for about six months. Contact me by email, I’ll send you pics and info. 2 oz bottles, 4 oz jars and kits including an immersion cell and a set of polarizers. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and I am on FB under Wayne Emery.
Wayne EmeryFebruary 17, 2018 at 4:05 am #3950
Try wetting your stone with common hand cleaner like “Germ-X” sold at Wal-Mart. You may be surprised as to how well you can see inside. If nothing else you will have a clean germ free stone when through.February 24, 2018 at 5:32 pm #3979
Dennis Anderson in sunny Southern CaliforniaParticipant@dennisanderson
Hi Nancy, I recently attempted to find Refractol for a new faceter. I wasn’t able to get any from the sources that listed it. So, I did some homework and found that there is a really good replacement that is less messy and safe to use. It is Benzyl Benzoate, RI 1.568. This is available in 50 ml bottles at several online chemical suppliers. It is way less expensive than Refractol and less smelly too. I am no longer using my last bottle of Refractol after using this better disclosing liquid.
Dennis Anderson in sunny Southern CaliforniaMarch 27, 2018 at 6:35 pm #4230
here are a couple of good household items you might try and find work incredibly well.
no. 1 caro syrup
no. 2 olive oil
no. 3 vegetable oil
And if you are an ole rock licker these are all save to lick clean. LOLSeptember 3, 2018 at 3:19 am #4936
one of my club members bought a faceting machine in montana with extras and included a bottle sold out of someplace nere death valley in the 60’s-70’s, dont think it out there anymore but i DO AGREE we need something like that to stop wasting time cutting poor stones.November 24, 2018 at 12:52 am #5070
Since Refractol seems to have disappeared, I’ve been using wintergreen oil. Works pretty well when just painted on and smells good too. LOLDecember 1, 2018 at 4:23 am #5088
Try this link. I use it and it works great!
Spencer,December 3, 2018 at 8:06 pm #5094
Yes and no. No, sadly Refractol is no longer produced. Yes, it is still available. I searched and searched at the first of the year…when I found a source, I bought two jars. It’s still out there. I’ve tried some of alternatives, like wintergreen, but I did not think Wintergreen worked as well. I haven’t tried Benzyl Benzoate, but it sounds promising.December 5, 2018 at 7:40 am #5095
Me i use coconut oil, it’s work well, but i have heat it slightly before use it, because it’s cold, it has composition of a thick fat.The advantage is that it does not cost much.
OlivierDecember 5, 2018 at 4:27 pm #5096
I hadn’t seen coconut oil used before. It’s a little on the low side compared to some other common oils. Here’s a link you might find interesting – https://www.gemsociety.org/article/refractive-index-list-of-common-household-liquids/December 9, 2018 at 5:00 am #5097
Benzyl Benzoate (RI 1.5681, SG 1.118) is availablee from Amazon. $18.46 for 16 oz. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XNIWYYQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
CAS #120-51-4March 15, 2020 at 10:21 pm #6277
HEY dennis and guys are ok. i went to net and tex lab supply has it.
benzyl benzoate 250ml,8.45 fl.oz. and i paid little over $10 for it
http://www.texlabsupply.com and IT WORKS GREAT we look right inside the rough. students love it before wasting their time on a bad piece of rough.
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