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    Pat McDonnell Paints

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    Tel: 021 432 0200
    Fax: 021 432 0194

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    Home > Product Advice > Floor Coatings > What thinners do I use?
    What thinners do I use?

    Frequently asked questions:
    Q. What thinners do I use?
    When purchasing your paint you should also get the correct thinner. Unfortunately there is no universal solvent for paint. For every paint there is a particular thinner to suit, e.g. zylene, white spirits, butanol, water, etc. Using whatever thinner happens to be available is not good – definitely not good - we’ll have to give out to you if we see this happening. The importance of using the correct solvent when thinning paint is not often realized. Although the thinner that you mix into paint doesn’t remain in the paint (it gradually evaporates after application) it still has a massive affect on the coating. Using an unsuitable thinner can cause many problems, including: poor coating strength, lack of adhesion, discolouration, poor gloss, fish-eyeing, floating of pigment, etc. Using the correct thinner / solvent will ensure that the inherent strength, gloss level, coating film and other positive properties of the coating will remain in tact. We at paintshop.ie are well familiar with the various solvent types and we will inform you as to what thinners you require when you purchase a particular paint product. You are in safe hands.

     
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