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Offline Nanac

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Most of the oils make solid surfaces shine when applied in thin layers. Whether same property will be retained in a saponified oil solution?
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The shininess imparted by oil to a solid surface has to do with the fact that it creates a layer whose surface self-polishes through surface tension, and also alters the index of refraction at the surface of the solid in such a way as to reduce reflections there. Saponified oils -- I would imagine they would not work as well, at least not unless mixed with water -- by reason of their lesser fluidity.

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