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All About Paint Thinners

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Commonly, paint thinners are used in the case of oil-based paints in order to clean them up after use. The cleanup is done with rollers, equipment, surfaces, and rollers. Apart from these two, the paint thinners have found plenty of applications that can ultimately save you money and time. Here, we discuss about the most common applications for thinners and some of them, which might surprise you a bit.


Typically, paint thinner is used for cleaning up after using oil-based paint which sticks to the surface of the equipment and on the painting surface. Also, if you want to use the paint as a spray, a thinner is the most effective means available to reduce the viscosity of the paint. Another less commonly used application for paint thinners is to use it on the paint that is left open; this prevents hardening of the paint. Do note that the paint thinners must not be mixed with lacquers or latex paints.Before purchasing paint thinner, do note that the different thinners available are used for different applications. If the paint is based on oil or latex, the type of thinner will be different as opposed to an acrylic paint. Enamel paints require enamel thinner to reduce its viscosity. Also, once you bring the thinner, read carefully the documentation provided by the manufacturer for the correct ratio of its mixture with the paint.Typically, 4:1 is the ration used, although it may be varied from manufacturer to manufacturer. If you apply more thinner than required for the paint, its quality and luster on the wall reduce. But if you are using a spray, then the thinning has to be more for it to enable spraying through the gun.

Tips when applying thinner

  • When about to apply a thinner never use a colder paint, since it can create disproportionate thickness, thereby reducing quality. That is, the thinner must only be used with a paint that is stored at room temperature.
  • It is recommended to use a wooden equipment to stir the paint with the thinner and do not to mix thoroughly to ensure uniform thickness.
  • Before using conduct tests of applying two or three coats and see if the consistency is correct.
  • Remove those chunks of paint that do not mix with the thinner.
  • And always ensure that the thinner is closed, as leaving it open can cause it to evaporate.

A number of Australian paint companies manufacture high-quality thinners that can be used for a variety of paint types and colors. If you are not sure to use which one for which, do consult a specialist or carefully read the documentation of the paint and thinner. Visit this link for more info on Australian paint companies.