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Re: Paint thinner vs reducer?

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02-07-2012 06:03:52

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generally speaking, paint thinner can be any number of products, but it most likely lacquer thinner, mineral spirits, xylene or m.e.k. (methyl ethyl ketone) reducers are usually enamel reducers or urethane reducers. use whatever thinner/reducer from the paint manufacturer you are spraying. often people just use what ever they think will work, and wind up with a disaster, then complain the paint product was no good. for a pre clean product, stop by your body shop supply or napa, and get wax and grease remover, often called pre-cleano or prep sol, or final wash. it will be the last thing you do before painting except for using a tack rag.

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02-15-2012 19:13:53

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 Re: Paint thinner vs reducer? in reply to glennster, 02-07-2012 06:03:52  
Just wondering, have you priced any M.E.K. lately? I checked yesterday, $154.00 for a 5 gallon can. But you get what you pay for.

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02-16-2012 16:49:50

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 Re: Paint thinner vs reducer? in reply to Bodyman, 02-15-2012 19:13:53  
yup, i own a body shop. our paint and material bills are over 1k per week. we use diamont and mix in house.

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