Paint thinner is also known as Paint stripper or paint remover. It is usually a colorless solvent often recognized for their particularly strong odor used to thin oil-based metal paints.
If you are repainting, you will first need to remove the old paint residues using a good paint thinner before a primer or fresh coat paint is applied. Paint Thinners deeply penetrate into the paint, reduce its adhesion to the surface and remove even the stubborn paint residues. Rourke’s Paint Thinner is the perfect preparatory solution for all your painting works at home, garage or industrial plant for effectively removing paint, dirt, grease, oil residues, etc thereby cleaning the metal surface before repainting.
Paint thinners are also used to clean the tools that are used while painting such as brushes, rollers, paint guns and paint trays. They are at times also used to reduce the viscosity of paint coatings when required.
Although the thinner that you mix into paint doesn’t remain in the paint (it gradually evaporates after application) it still has a massive affect on the coating. Using an unsuitable thinner can cause many problems, including; poor coating strength, lack of adhesion, discoloration, poor gloss, fish-eyeing, floating of pigment, etc. Using the correct paint thinner will ensure that the inherent strength, gloss level, coating film and other positive properties of the coating will remain in tact.