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Jake Bertrand
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1 shot thinning

Post by Jake Bertrand » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:58 am

Hello everyone.

New to the site and to sign painting.

I've got some 1 shot paint and brushes on the way.

What is the best method and product to thin the paint? 1 shot sells High Temp Reducer, Low Temp Reducer, and Chromaflo. Are one of those preffered, or is a common paint thinner exceptable?

Thanks

Tyler Tim
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Re: 1 shot thinning

Post by Tyler Tim » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:53 pm

Hello Jake...

I started lettering some 30 yrs ago. I've never thinned by pouring it into the paint. I would put some paint into a folded cup... pour some turpentine into a small tin cup. Load brush pallet on glossy magazine page if the paint felt stiff/draggy I'd dip the tip of the brush into the turps and pallet a few times to improve the flow of the paint.... then letter. Load and pallet and dip in turps. And when I pallet I always moved to a clean spot on the page. This has worked for me for all these years and was picked up from a old painter when I first started.
Sure I paint thing for my amusement and then offer them for sale. A brushslinger could whither en die from lack of creativity in this plastic town my horse threw a shoe in. :shock:

Jake Bertrand
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Re: 1 shot thinning

Post by Jake Bertrand » Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:49 am

Thanks Tyler.

I'll pick up some turpentine.

Have you ever tried any of the 1shot reducers or flow enhancers?

Doug Bernhardt
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Re: 1 shot thinning

Post by Doug Bernhardt » Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:33 pm

All of those thinners are pretty great. I used turpentine for years and even old fashion paint thinner (from the hardware store) but a few years ago I was at a Letterheads meet and a discussion of the various merits of each I'm now a big fan of the thinners from one shot. Permanent paint films etc are my main concern and they are all formulated with one shot in mind.

Rich Hawthorne
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Re: 1 shot thinning

Post by Rich Hawthorne » Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:17 pm

I use the 1-shot low temp reducer whenever I thin 1-shot paint for air brushing. I've also used mineral spirits but I find that white spirits works very well to break up clots and thin the paint. I never put it into the can unless it has turned to sludge and I am attempting to save some of the paint. Instead I put a small amount into a cup and thin that. The 1-shot reducers are quite expensive (for me anyway) so I tend to use it when I need to get the viscosity down to something that will run through my airbrush. I have even used it with pearlesent 1-shot paints. If I am brushing, I almost always use white spirits or straight up turpentine.

HTH

Rich

Doug Bernhardt
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Re: 1 shot thinning

Post by Doug Bernhardt » Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:10 pm

I wouldn't worry about Hi-temp vs Lo-Temp reducer as far as quality goes. They are all brewed with with our use intended.

Rick Bowerman
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Re: 1 shot thinning

Post by Rick Bowerman » Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:46 am

I use the One Shot reducer. Turps is bad for your health was told to me by a well known pinstriper painter. Smells like its bad for you too

Dont use mineral spirits to reduce one shot. It makes it runny and very slow to evaporate and dry and it weakens the paint's properties

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