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Think I used the wrong thinner?

Post by allye on January 6th 2013, 4:18 am

Hello all,

Been reading up on here for a while now, after 4 days of prep my van is finally ready for some paint. Great, I though, mix the paint and thinner and it won't mix at all! The paint is acrylic based as recommended. After buying the thinner I realised it might to wrong type being enamel thinner Crying or Very sad I'm in Australia and its rather warm, even so I waited till evening to give it a go but the paint remained thick. Can I simply use white spirits? - I had a good look around but couldn't find 100% mineral spirits.

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Post by allye on January 9th 2013, 2:15 am

Anyone out there? scratch
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Re: Think I used the wrong thinner?

Post by Samilcar on January 9th 2013, 9:30 am

There shouldn't be a problem using enamel thinner (aka enamel reducer). Old school alkyd enamel paint can be thinned with either enamel reducer or mineral spirits. Acrylic enamel should only be thinned with enamel reducer, as it sometimes doesn't mix well with mineral spirits.
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Post by allye on January 9th 2013, 5:17 pm

It doesn't want to mix at all? stays separated not matter how long you mix it for then it seems the spirits just evaporate off leaving the paint as thick as before!
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Post by Samilcar on January 9th 2013, 5:40 pm

What paint are you using exactly (brand name)? Also, what thinner brand name?
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Post by allye on January 10th 2013, 12:35 am

Its just a acrylic based paint from a hardware store, nothing special. Diggers enamel thinner - Australian brand I guess?
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Post by Samilcar on January 10th 2013, 10:11 am

I'm not sure what's going on, that thinner shouldn't have a problem mixing with either alkyd or acrylic enamel.

allye wrote:Its just a acrylic based paint from a hardware store, nothing special

Just acrylic enamel, right? (Not acrylic latex, or "acrylic latex enamel"?)
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Post by allye on January 10th 2013, 5:31 pm

Doesn't say irritatingly, other than its water based. Might try mixing it again, even tried putting it in a jar and shaking it which I know you are not suppose to do.
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Post by Samilcar on January 10th 2013, 6:07 pm

Water based means that it's latex. Latex paint won't thin with either mineral spirits or enamel reducer.
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Post by allye on January 10th 2013, 10:01 pm

Brilliant! So what thinner can I use? Or is the paint un-usable?
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Post by Samilcar on January 11th 2013, 9:34 am

You need to find an oil based enamel paint. It might be possible to use a water based paint to roll on a car, but I don't know how it would turn out. From what I've read, it's hard to get water based enamel to shine as well as oil based enamel.
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Post by retired plumber on February 8th 2013, 10:05 pm

Water based won't work, period. you need oil based.
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Post by rick howe on July 4th 2013, 10:17 am

I would take a deep breath and strip down to bare metal and start over ; get all that water based paint off and find some oil based paint Allye.
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