Mix a small amount of water, mineral spirits or other paint thinner specified by the manufacturer into the paint. Refill the spray gun and test the paint again. Continue adding thinner until the paint sprays evenly and easily out of the gun or until you reach the maximum amount of thinner the manufacturer specifies.
Add one part turpentine or mineral spirits for every three parts of paint. Stir with a stick you’ll never use for anything else. Brush the paint onto a test surface and inspect the results. Add more thinner if the paint is still too thick.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do you thin satin paint?
Here's what you do:
- Pour the paint into the bucket.
- Add ½ cup of water for every gallon of paint.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Check the thickness by running the paint through a funnel. If it flows freely through the funnel, you know the paint is thinned enough.
Can you thin satin enamel paint with water?
In short, yes you can but only if the Enamel Paint, that you want to dilute, is water-based. If the Enamel Paint is oil-based then you should use Mineral Spirits as a thinning agent. Water will only work for thinning water-based Enamel Paint and not for oil-based Enamel Paints.
How do you thin satin paint for a spray gun?
Mix in 1/2 a cupful of water to each gallon of paint you use. Mix the water with the paint thoroughly with a clean stick to stir it. Check the paint consistency by pouring it into a funnel. If the emulsion paint once it has been thinned can flow easily through that funnel, you know you have the desired consistency.