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Paint thinning question Answered

Hi,

I have some military grade paint that contains xylene.

With all dangers of explosions and fire risks aside, will petrol/gasoline be able to act as thinners.

I have a feeling that I did this years ago but cannot be certain (and all google searches seem to be about adding xylem to gasoline).

I am not after a perfect finish; I will be using a roller to Mad Max my car but even so I don't want to create a chemical reaction that will ruin or curdle the paint.

I am too mean to buy the correct thinners; this is a £20 project and the budget is up.

Thanks

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stoobers
stoobers

8 weeks ago

I have seen xylene mixed with toluene. You might swing acetone. If you use mineral spirits it will probably not react but the xylene will evaporate really fast & leave mineral spirits as your solvent.

Xylene is extremely reactive & dangerous to breathe. It requires an organic respirator.

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

8 weeks ago

Xylene should mix fine with petrol, not that good with diesel fuel.
Acetone should work as well here and depending on the type of paint might even help with the drying time.
You can use oil based thinners as well but they usually increase the drying time drastically.
In return the finnished paint is a bit more plyable and resistant to chipping.
But I guess that a certain amount of the right oils is already in your pain if military grade.

Be aware that you need proper filtering of the air you breathe while working with this stuff!
A mask with activated carbon filters is the lowest level here, and active filter system with a full head mask under positive pressure of clean air is prefered.
Xylene is not fun to work with...

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Jack A Lopez
Jack A Lopez

8 weeks ago

That might work. I guess you should try it with a small sample first, to see if that sample thins, paints, and dries, in a way that works.

I mean, I think trying it with a small sample first, is more prudent than doing a batch so large that it would just ruin what is left of your budget, like for example if all your remaining paint got ruined, or made unusable.

By the way, I do not think xylene is all that expensive. Usually it is found at hardware stores, in quart (or liter) sized cans. I mean, I say it is not expensive, but then maybe I am not picturing how much would be needed, or how little you want to spend.