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asked in category: General Last Updated: 16th March, 2020

What is urethane reducer?

A urethane reducer is essentially a paint thinner designed specifically to work with the urethane-based paints typically used on automobiles, according to Dennis Parks and David Jacobs, authors of "How to Paint Your Car."

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In this regard, is thinner and reducer the same thing?

The main difference between thinners and reducers is in the paint type that is being applied. Thinners are for lacquer-based paints. Reducers are used for urethane-based paints. For example, if the paint is an enamel-based product, do not use a thinner, but rather a reducer.

Additionally, what does reducer do in automotive paint? A paint reducer or thinner helps you get your paint to the right viscosity for your touch-up paint job. Paint thinner also keeps the paint flowing through your paint gun easier for any paint job.

Then, can I use urethane reducer in enamel paint?

No. A urethane reducer would probably be a bit risky, but I've done complete paint jobs and a ton of assorted parts with acrylic enamel using lacquer thinner as a reducer. It's always best to use the correct and recommended additive and reducers with any paint products.

Is acetone and paint thinner the same?

Acetone will soften or lift many types of paint. Mineral spirits and paint thinner are pretty much the same thing. Both are slower dying, mild solvents for reducing enamels and varnish. When it comes to cost, paint thinner is usually cheaper.

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