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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-17-2009, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Paint thinner = Mineral spirits? Same thing?

All paint thinners are mineral spirits?
Mineral spirits safe on most camel hair and synthetic brushes?

Safe to thin out, both acrylic and enamel?
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Paint thinner and Mineral spirits are the same thing look at the contents on a paint thinner can it will say mineral spirits.. It works on Oil base paint not on Acrylic as these paints are water based.. The term enamel typicaly any more means a hard shiny paint..Back in the days before Global warming theory it was primarily oil based and lead used for everything from wood to metal..Today there are Acrylic enamels as alot of oil based paints are being phased out due to stricter VOC regulations...Jeff
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Paint thinner and Mineral Spirits may NOT be the same thing. Be very careful if you are buying hardware store products for use with model paints and model plastic.

Testors thinner/brush cleaner IS essentially the same as Mineral Spirits (also called White Spirits). Some of the hardware stuff is "hotter" than others, but most should be just find for models. I have a bottle of Ace Hardware mineral spirits and that works fine.

But there are other paint thinner products on the market that are not mineral spirits... They can be for lacquers, etc. So be careful...

Enamels can be thinned with Mineral Spirits or Lacquer Thinner. For brush painting I use the MS... but for airbrushing, I always use LT. It makes them flow better, dry faster, etc. Good stuff!

Acrylics are generally thinned with water, or an acrylic thinner that looks, feels and smells suspiciously like Rubbing/Isopropyl Alcohol. I have thinned Testors, Poly Scale and Tamiya acrylics all with Water or Isop just fine.

However, you can thin many acrylics with Lacquer Thinner. It is a VERY good thinner for acrylics and I thin Tamiya paints wtih LT for airbrushing in particular.

If you want a universal thinner for both enamels and acrylics... try Lacquer Thinner.

Always test new thinners with different brands of paints just to make sure they work.
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Paint thinner and Mineral Spirits may NOT be the same thing. Be very careful if you are buying hardware store products for use with model paints and model plastic.

Testors thinner/brush cleaner IS essentially the same as Mineral Spirits (also called White Spirits). Some of the hardware stuff is "hotter" than others, but most should be just find for models. I have a bottle of Ace Hardware mineral spirits and that works fine.

But there are other paint thinner products on the market that are not mineral spirits... They can be for lacquers, etc. So be careful...

Enamels can be thinned with Mineral Spirits or Lacquer Thinner. For brush painting I use the MS... but for airbrushing, I always use LT. It makes them flow better, dry faster, etc. Good stuff!

Acrylics are generally thinned with water, or an acrylic thinner that looks, feels and smells suspiciously like Rubbing/Isopropyl Alcohol. I have thinned Testors, Poly Scale and Tamiya acrylics all with Water or Isop just fine.

However, you can thin many acrylics with Lacquer Thinner. It is a VERY good thinner for acrylics and I thin Tamiya paints wtih LT for airbrushing in particular.

If you want a universal thinner for both enamels and acrylics... try Lacquer Thinner.

Always test new thinners with different brands of paints just to make sure they work.


What would you clean up DRIED acrylic paint off paint brushes with?
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Well...you can't...very well. You could try getting a liquid brush cleaner that cleans dried oils, acrylics, watercolor stained brushes from an art store . You need to soak them in it for hours/days, though.

...but it might be cheaper to buy a new brush...or wash/rinse your brush often when using acrylics.

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Hi . Djnick66 Would The Apple barrel brand at AC. Moore and Mic heals count as Acyclic to be thinned with Alcohol and MS? thanks; Aurora1Craig
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I purchased Kleen Strip Mineral Spirits. I notice it has a milky white appearance. Is this ok to use to thin with my enamel paints? Will the milky white color affect colors? Or is there a such thing as "clear" Mineral Spirits?
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