Most nail polish removers have acetone as a primary active ingredient. If the weather is humid you might want to stay with the acetone. It's usually for REMOVING it. They have dissolved material which precipitates out and can mess up a paint job. Acetone is too volatile for spray painting operations. This will ensure no problems come from the paint, assuming you thin it to the manufactured specs. Regardless of the project you're working on, apply at least 2 coats of enamel paint to improve its durability. A paint thinner can be used for all types of paint while acetone can … If you are painting an MTH car and haven't stripped it then the paint is the primer. What effect are you trying to create? ONLY if the paint says to thin with Acetone, which is pretty rare. If you remove the acetone immediately, the damage will be minimal. I removed that paint and thinned with acetone. This solvent works very well at removing oil-based paints, enamels and acrylic paint. I wouldn't personally paint a car with it, but Rustoleum can also work well for certain underhood components. You need a well heated shop to have it dry, unlike pre-cat. What do you use to thin testor's Model Master enamels for use in an airbrush? Don't worry about it. If you're using regular enamel paint like Testors, then regular paint thinner is fine. With this simple tutorial, you can thin it out and get back your painting project in under 10 minutes. is for acrylic enamel, I guesss it's "acrylic" reducer. I use Hardware store enamel thinner to thin and paint as well as clean up. (How did I come to acetone? Dec 3, 2008 #7. Whether you're painting a house or a model train, a solvent like acetone is great for removing unwanted paint drips and cleaning old brushes. I usually clean my spray guns with straight acetone, will the acetone be ok to clean the Enamel paint out of my spray gun? Enamel thinner is only expensive if you buy it from a hobby paint manufacturer or craft store. It will dry a little slower is all. ... ie you can't use normal paint thinner with lacquer. Acetone is a powerful solvent for both oil-based and latex-based paint, and can be used to remove uncured paint from a wide variety of surfaces. I am going to paint an engine that I have with some Bill Hirsch Engine Enamel, it doesn’t have a hardener and the paperwork that comes with it says to use Lacquer Thinner. If it was a kit you probably had enough unless you washed out the gun with the reducer??? While they can both be used in order to thin out paint, there are certain differences with the type of paint that they can thin out. Have two open, one to get most of the color off the brush and second one for the rest. > > Acetone is the same as "polyester resin cleaning solvent" and will > > work to thin the resin, but will hamper the curing. There are now some synthetic paint thinners out there that are lousy for thinning enamels. Resin is a thick fiberglass liquid that when mixed with 2 percent catalyst becomes a solid. The common paint thinner is turpentine. This creates a very smooth finish if the paint is thin enough. I need to paint a couple of things but I used up all my reducer, is it just acetone? fun stuff. Lacquer thinner will dissolve almost anything (some acrylics excepted). Try not to push brushes too hard into bottom, ruining bristles. A bit thinner it may even flow through a 1 tip. It can be taken off with soap and water. So in order to thin any kind of finish, you need to know what you started with. Some nail polish remover is composed entirely of acetone, and can be safely used to thin paint. OBVIOUSLY You'll want to wear appropriate breathing gear for the solvent you are spraying. Ask where you bought the paint. Old baby food jars are great for small amounts of thinner. I thin it with lacquer thinner. The latter is often called mineral spirits. You might need to thin more than 10%. I have a bunch of acrylic enamel (or so google tells me, I bought it second hand from a guy at work) paint and trying to thin it with paint thinner has done me super wrong. Thin the Floquil no more than 1:1. There are specific paint thinners for specific paints. How to Thin a Semi-Gloss Enamel. If you want the utmost best results out of your paint, I’d recommend you go with the thinner that is made by, & recommended by the same company of the paint you use. These can range in appearance, with some thinned acrylics imitating the look of watercolor or even oil painting. Polyester resin is the most commonly used type of resin and the cheapest. Turpentine is usually used to thin and to clean up enamel. You can thin acrylic paint to achieve differences in consistency and color, allowing you to attain effects that would have otherwise been impossible. You will also notice that you can get the job done very quickly because you don't have to spray mist coats and try to build up color that way, but can pretty much color coat the entire body in one fell swoop; and I've found that … i might just bite the bullet and visit my automotive paint store. The can says to thin with "Acetone and not gasoline, paint thinner, laquer thinner and etc". I would recommend regular paint thinner because the airbrush thinner is a slightly diluted version of paint thinner. The first step begins at the paint store. Can you use alcohol or acetone to thin acrylic paint? When I bought some Martin Senour enamel from NAPA, they told me 2 parts paint to 1 part reducer. do you think i can thin to sprayable viscosity with laquer thinner, acetone, mineral spirits or should i thin with water. Polyester resin … Some artists swear by using isopropyl (aka rubbing) alcohol for thinning their paints, and this is relatively true but with a caveat. I'm a pro faux finisher, so this is solid advice, like the other answer to not use it.. Water based acrylic, needs only water to thin. Same deal for lacquer. You should test first. Because acetone is compatible or mixable with most finishes and stains, you can add the solvent to speed drying. If you've ever worked with it you know that lacquer thinner is much more volatile, explosive, poisonous, and cancer-causing than gasoline. Acetone is mainly used in fiberglass. Get a foam paint roller - 4" wide should do, and make sure it's as fine as possible. Auto body supply shops sell in 1 gallon cans that will last years for about $20. It can make people think what makes the paint thinner become priced so much higher than acetone. It's relying on a chemical reaction to harden the paint … Yes you can airbrush rustoleum enamel so as long as you thin the paint down with the appropriate paint thinner - read the instructions provided on the tin. Mix acetone into the rustoleum in a mixing can. YES. I thin enamels 50:50 and they're ready to go. That sounds still too thick. If it were me, I would use pre- or post-cat vs oil paint. It will be fine. Also, if brushing, you will notice skinning of the paint and it will not flow properly from the brush to the workpiece. Acetone is especially effective with shellac and every type of lacquer. It will come out much better and quicker and you can get it to match any BM color. . I used mineral spirits to thin Rustoleum industrial oil paint and it didn't dry hard for days. I'm absolutely new to this and have no idea what I'm doing. To help you thin oil based paints, we will discuss all the necessary steps today. Water-based finishes, however, tend to coagulate when acetone is added. Most of what I have read people have been using mineral spirits. Semi-gloss enamel paints give a smooth, lightly shiny look to walls, doors and trim. No guessing here. 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