How to dilute acrylic paint?

Nikolay Golovatyuk
Nikolay Golovatyuk
December 3, 2012
How to dilute acrylic paint?

Over the fifty-year history, acrylic paints have become the most sought-after decoration and decorative material. Such success among consumers was guaranteed to them with indisputable advantages over other paints: they dry very quickly, are diluted and washed off (in an unwrought state) with water, do not have organic solvents, and are more resistant to chemical effects.

Diluted with water

Acquired acrylic paint can sometimes be slightly thick and unsuitable for application with an airbrush, airbrush, or even a brush. How to dilute acrylic paint? You can add a little water, in which the acrylic dissolves perfectly. It should be remembered: the amount of water is limited to ten percent of the volume of paint. Otherwise, the hiding power of the pigments is reduced and painting will have to be done in several stages.

Brand Solvents

Companies that produce acrylic paints, offer and solvents of the respective brands.It will be logical to think that the base of the paint and solvent are identical, and therefore the most acceptable. Moreover, different types of solvents contribute to the desired effects. For example, to obtain a glossy or matte surface. But there are cases when, after the introduction of such a solvent, the coloring pigment shrinks and takes on the appearance of thickened lumps. Perhaps the solvent was expired or "not quite corporate", who knows.

Not like everyone else

If the paint can be dissolved with water, then it can be dissolved with other solvent. This conclusion does not imply a higher education. Of course you can. Moreover, not only 646 solvent, white spirit or isopropyl alcohol, but also ordinary vodka will be suitable for this. That's only after drying such a paint can not get acrylic, but a completely different incomprehensible and unpredictable compound. And maybe acrylic.

In any case, if the decision is made, than to dilute the acrylic paint, you should not dilute everything. A small amount is enough to sample.