First off, thank you for your question! You’re definitely not alone in wanting to know how to thin water-based paint for the spray guns. In fact, it is one of the most frequently asked questions in our forums.
In this article I’ll try to explain the method behind the madness when it comes to thinning water-based paint.
To begin with, the way you thin water-based paint determines the way it will spray. Let’s look at that process with an example of thinning some water-based orange paint.
There are two methods to thin water-based paint for spray gun. One is to pre-thin the paint with water based thinner and another is to use air thinner to thin the paint.
The first method will save you money in the long run. It will help your spray gun last longer and save you a lot of money on the thinner.
To pre-thin the paint, add about the same amount of water based thinner as paint. Mix well and add the thinner to the paint. It will save you a lot of money and make the paint go further.
- 1 How to thin latex paint?
- 2 How to thin Acrylic paint?
- 3 How to thin oil-based paint?
- 4 Thinning method for different spray guns
- 5 How to thin paint for HVLP spray gun?
- 6 How to thin paint for airless spray gun?
- 7 How to Thin Latex Paint for an HVLP Spray Gun?
- 8 FAQ’s
- 9 Conclusion
How to thin latex paint?
Latex paints are designed to be thinned with water before applying. If you have an extra-glossy finish, you may want to thin your paint with water, 1:1.
To do this, you need to have a clean, 5-gallon bucket, an extra paintbrush and a few old rags. Pour 1 gallon of paint into your bucket.
Then, add 1 gallon of water. Stir the paint with your extra paintbrush. Add water until it reaches the desired consistency. Continue stirring until your paint reaches the correct consistency.
When the paint is the consistency you desire, dip the clean, previously unused paintbrush into the bucket and spread the paint onto a piece of cardboard. Allow the paint to dry overnight.
How to thin Acrylic paint?
The most common way to thin acrylic paints is to use water. This is generally the most effective, though you can also mix in other materials.
For instance, you can use a mixture of water and Mod Podge to thin paints. Mod Podge is an adhesive that will help the paint to adhere to other surfaces. You can even mix in some Liquitex Flow-Aid.
This will help the paint dry much faster, so you don’t have to wait around for hours before you can use your art. Consider your needs and choose the right method.
How to thin oil-based paint?
If you are looking to thin oil-based paint, you should know few things first. Oil based paint is made up of dried pigments combined with oil and a solvent.
The solvent is used to thin the paint, and also helps in increasing the ability of the paint to cover surfaces. To thin oil-based paint, you will need to use a solvent that does not react with the paint.
Use turpentine for thinning oil-based paints. You can also use mineral spirits, but turpentine is much easier to work with.
Once you have made up your mind about the type of solvent you want to use, you will need an applicator.
A spraying bottle is commonly used, but you can also use a paintbrush or a roller. After you have thinned the oil-based paint, you will need to stir it well with a stirrer.
When you are ready to use the paint, mix it with water to get the right consistency. You can also ask your paint store to help you with the thinning.
Thinning method for different spray guns
Here are the methods to thin paint for different types of spray guns in the market. Newbies, don’t get confused here is the complete guide with step by step process
How to thin paint for HVLP spray gun?
HVLP is a huge money saver compared to traditional methods of spray painting. As a beginner, you will be tempted to buy the cheapest paint available, which you can.
However, you will quickly find that your gun clogs and you’re left with a huge mess on your hands. There are two secrets to thinning your paint for HVLP spray gun so that spraying is a breeze, and it will save you a lot of money. The first is that you want to thin your paint by 75%.
You can easily do this by buying a quart of the cheapest paint available and adding a quart of TotalBoat Poly Performance Thinner.
Do not buy ready-to-use paint, as you will waste your money. You may find that your paint is too thin at first, however it will quickly thicken after being left alone.
The second secret is to avoid over-spray. The atomization of the paint from an HVLP gun is much smaller than any spray gun, so it’s easy to over-spray.
This will cause your paint to dry on your gun, gun, and potentially over your project. Be sure to thin your paint, and try to avoid over-spray.
How to thin paint for airless spray gun?
Thinning of paint is a very important step in using a spray gun. Every paint has a thickness and you should not just spray the paint directly into the spray gun-like thick ketchup.
If you do that, you will lose a lot of paint and it will splatter. Now you will become very upset and it might make you a bit angry.
So never do that. You must know how to thin paint for a spray gun. You should put paint thinner or reducer into the paint to make it thinner.
You can put around 20 parts of thinner with 100 parts of paint. If you are putting paint thinner, it should be in a separate spray can. It is important to clean your spray gun after every usage.
How to Thin Latex Paint for an HVLP Spray Gun?
Latex based paints are very common in both DIY and professional painting. Latex paint is good as a base coat and it typically costs less than oil-based paints.
Latex paint however, is not good for use with airless sprayers as it does not fully atomize. If you want to spray latex paint with an HVLP sprayer, it is important to thin the latex paint.
The sprayer will not atomize the paint if the consistency is too thick. To thin latex paint, there are various methods by which you can thin the paint. The 3 most popular methods that DIYers use are the following:
Here is the complete guide to thin different types of paint for spray guns and for different paint guns the guide is in my post.
Don’t get confused whenever you hear about thinning the water-based paint for your spray guns.
Just follow this guide and refer this guide to your painter fellows who are new in this field. Comment your queries if you have in your mind.