Not quite a duplicate of What are the best substitutes when nothing labelled as "Denatured alcohol" can be found in your area?

For my sins, I live in California. California has completely banned Denatured Alcohol, and you can't have it shipped here (so no Amazon or Rockler etc). Nor can you buy Everclear at more than 60%. Isopropyl Alcohol hasn't been seen in the stores since March 2020.

I need to either dissolve shellac flakes, or thin Zinsser premade shellac. Every website I visit just naturally assumes meths/denatured alcohol is available.

What can I use as a solvent in this state? And where can I get it?

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    Prop 65: The People's Republik of California has determined that being alive will eventually cause your death.
    – FreeMan
    Oct 3 '20 at 13:13
  • I expect it is illegal to distil vodka or other liquor ? Oct 3 '20 at 14:44
  • :) But seriously - is there anything other than alcohol that works? Acetone is freely available, for example.
    – kdopen
    Oct 3 '20 at 16:44
  • Actually looks like I can get isoprop on Amazon for $8/qt. But according to finewoodworking.com/forum/isopropyl-or-denatured-alcohol that's probably a waste of money
    – kdopen
    Oct 3 '20 at 17:32
  • "Nor can you buy Everclear at more than 60%." Damnit, trust California to prevent the sale of just what I was going to suggest. Can you have the higher-alcohol version of Everclear shipped? If not, you don't live near any of the borders to other states by any chance? It hardly seems worth the expense and hassle though unless you're right by a border, in which case I'm sure you'd have already considered it as an option.
    – Graphus
    Oct 3 '20 at 19:03

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