Need for a hardener or thinner
Use a synthetic paint thinner depending on the application method: brushing, rolling, spraying …
A thinner isn't always necessary when rolling or brushing. However, when spray-painting, it is necessary to lower the viscosity of the paint. Why? Because the nozzle of a spray gun is very small.
We recommend diluting between 0 and 15%, but always read the technical data sheet to be sure.
Take into account that more thinner equals a reduced covering capacity. However, if the layer is too thick, there is a good chance there will be a 'solvent-lock'. The solvent can no longer evaporate in time before the outside of the paint layer dries, resulting in the formation of blisters. This is especially the case when you roll the paint, causing air to become trapped underneath the paint layer. We advise using a roller made of hard foam as this doesn't absorb air. Make sure the roller is always saturated with paint before starting to paint. Spray-painting layers that are too thick will result in uneven paint that resembles an orange peel.
Adding a hardener to your paint will make it dry faster and give it a nicer gloss.
Our TotalSource paint is a one-component modified alkyd paint with a short drying time and excellent covering capacity. Have a look in our ‘Paint & accessories’ catalogue and find all paints sorted by make for all types of machines. You can order your paint via MyTotalSource or contact your sales advisor.
For any technical details on our TotalSource paint (such as layer thickness, recommended primers and how much thinner to use), go to the technical data sheet.