How to Thin Acrylic Enamel

Written by amanda tromley
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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
  • Water
  • White spirit

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  1. 1

    Read the label to determine if the paint is water-based or oil-based.

  2. 2

    If water-based, add water to the paint until the desired consistency is achieved.

  3. 3

    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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