Both water-based and oil-based paints can be thinned for use in spray applicators, for ease of application, for artistic effect or for refreshing old paint. Different methods are used for different types of paint and different surfaces. For water-based paint, stirring, adding water or using paint thinner are options. Thinning oil-based paint requires solvents. You will need the chosen paint and corresponding thinner, a stir stick and a paint roller or brush. Once the supplies are gathered, thinning should take less than half an hour.Know More
Stir the paint for at least 10 minutes to make a smoother paint that might not even require any additional thinning. Latex paints tend to separate over time, with the heavier particles sinking to the bottom.
For water-based paint, simple tap water is usually sufficient. For oil-based paint, select a commercial thinner that is designed specifically for oil-based paint and appropriate for your intended use.
Add 1 to 2 ounces of water to a can of water-based paint and stir thoroughly. If needed, add small amounts of water until the desired consistency is achieved. For oil-based paints, follow the instructions on the manufacturer's label.
Apply the thinned mixture to the target surface with a paint roller or brush. Apply two coats, and evaluate the results. Check that the paint completely covers the surface, leaving no part of the surface visible. Check that the viscosity of the paint is thin enough to spread easily.
Tempera paint works well on wood as well as on papier mâché, cardboard, paper or glass. When mixed with egg yolk, tempera paint becomes even thicker and glossier and applies well to wood.Full Answer >
Acrylic enamel paints, acrylic enamel mixed with glass and tile medium, and specialized solvent-based glass paints can be used on mirrors. Mix paints thoroughly before application by shaking the bottle or gently stirring. As a rule, water should never be used to thin glass paint. Dry brushes completely before dipping them in glass paint to avoid risk of weakening strength and adhesion.Full Answer >
Many professionals prefer the smooth hard-wearing finish of oil-based paints for kitchen cabinets. However, old-based paints are difficult to clean up and emit strong fumes, making latex paints an attractive option for inexperienced painters. Among water-based paints, 100 percent acrylic formulas are preferable for kitchen cabinets.Full Answer >
Most water-based versions of KILZ-brand primers may be thinned by adding a small amount of water, including KILZ Latex Primer, KILZ Premium Primer and KILZ Max Primer. However, KILZ advises against thinning its oil-based primers, including KILZ Original Primer and KILZ Odorless Primer.Full Answer >