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paint thinner on latex paint

Discussion in 'Question of the Day' started by ship, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. ship

    ship Senior Team Emeritus Premium Member

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    So in using latex paint as opposed to oil based paint, what's ok if not just as good or better to clean the brush - only water and soap plus a wire brush or paint thinner also works just as well?

    In thinning it out for use as if a stain, water or also denatured alcohol?
     
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    gafftapegreenia CBMod CB Mods

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    Well, I know that when I've cleaned up paint spills with thinner, it works pretty well, but it causes the paint to curdle. So, I would say that it's fine to use to clean brushes but not to thin latex paint with.
     
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    I would be careful of putting thinner on any brush that you plan on using for latex. It will curdle the paint and ruin the brush. You should always have seperate brushes for oil and water based paints.
    On the subject of cleaning, soap and water and a brush comb, or brass bristle brush. Ivory laundry soap and Dawn dish soap do well, but Murphy's Oil Soap rules. I know it kind of goes against the oil vs. water thing, but it works really well and will eventually help keep the brushes cleaner.
     
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    I forgot this too. Thin with water or a clear latex to make a stain. It just depends on how you want to use the stain as to which is better.
     
  5. SweetBennyFenton

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    Soap, water, wire brush and elbow grease.

    These are the only way I've cleaned my latex brushes. I still have the same Purdy brushes I bought 6 years ago and they are still in good shape.
     
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    I'll go with what has been mentioned already, there is no substitute for soap, Cold water, and elbow grease. The only thing used to thin Latex paint should be Water, or clear latex such as Roscos "Glazes" or Miller paints Acry-clear.

    BTW alway use cold water when cleaning brushes, it might hurt your hands a little more, but cold water keeps the latex from setting up. Hot water speeds the curing process, and use of it, usally results in the congealing of paint around the base of the bristles and under the ferrule.
     

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