Acrylic paints are widely used for a variety of purposes including fine arts, interior and exterior painting and auto painting. The difference between acrylic paint and acrylic enamel is a blurred line since the terms are often used interchangeably. However, there is a key difference between the two that affects what liquid you must use to thin the paint. Regular acrylic paint is water-based, whereas acrylic enamel is usually oil-based.
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Things you need
- Acrylic paint
- White spirit
Read the label to determine if the paint is water-based or oil-based.
If water-based, add water to the paint until the desired consistency is achieved.
If oil-based, use white spirit (also known as white spirit), which is a paint-thinning solvent, to dilute the paint.
Tips and warnings
- Apply the thinning agent slowly while mixing thoroughly. If you add too much of your thinning agent, simply add more paint to thicken.
- Whatever you use to thin the paint is also the liquid you should use to clean your brushes.
- Be aware that thinning acrylic paint weakens the chemical compound and multiple coats will likely be necessary.
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