Acrylic Paint, how to thin.?

I purchased some artists pigment acrylic paint. I am making some wooden toy blocks and will use this paint on them. My question is, what can I use to thin the paint with. I have some denatured alcohol or should I just use plain water.

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  • 9 years ago
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    You should NOT use water to thin acrylic paint.

    Yes it is water based, but adding water to it wrecks its molecular viscosity and it will break down very quickly on a canvas or whatever you are painting.

    If you need to thin acrylic paint, you need to get a medium specifically for thinning acrylics. The medium will not alter the structure of the paint.

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    http://www.danielsmith.com/Item--i-G-284-790

    This link has an explanation of why you don't want to thin with water.

    http://www.danielsmith.com/Item--i-G-284-080

    Source(s): Amateur Watercolorist
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  • 4 years ago

    How To Thin Acrylic Paint

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    Acrylic Paint, how to thin.?

    I purchased some artists pigment acrylic paint. I am making some wooden toy blocks and will use this paint on them. My question is, what can I use to thin the paint with. I have some denatured alcohol or should I just use plain water.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    No, don't thin with water if you're doing a painting. And NEVER alcohol, either. Use an acrylic extender or medium. The paint could literally flake off or fall off your painting if you use water. It's a molecular issue, and causes the paint to not cling as well to the canvas . I didn't know that until recently either...and I was an art major! I don't remember ever being told that in school. You actually can use a small amount, or thin the extender with a small amount of water, but don't use water only.

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  • water! there are 2 types of acrylic, the ones in the tube are better quality but more expensive, they can be watered down more than the ready mixed ones in the mini bottles, they usually leave a shine and are splash resistant, but the matt acrylic in the bottles are not, if you do have the tubed paint you can get a clear gloss or matt for acrylics, to seal, but this isn't necasary. It just prolongs the life. You can also design T-Shirts with this paint too, cover with baking paper and on a med setting iron in. I like acrylics as you can use them neat to get the rough oil effect, or really water down to get the water colour effect..good choice!

    Source(s): Acrylic painter. they are the best
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  • 9 years ago

    artists acrylic paint you thin with water

    Source(s): I paint
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  • 9 years ago

    paint thinner is for oil, use water and or a retardant which slows the drying time for acrylic and allows you to work more slowly.

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  • 9 years ago

    Since acrylic is water based, you just add water.

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  • 9 years ago

    Plain water. Thats what I like about acrylics. You can make them look like watercolors, or make them look more like oils!

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

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