jsheridan.... you are correct about the gov regs re: VOC's. i have the same problems in structual coating with the allowable amounts of thinner that can be added. excluding red lead, paints are not getting any better or any worse for the last 50 years. the problem is with the VOC's. poor spread rates, coverage and flow....its like trying to paint with syrup in some cases.
Mike, in the state of Delaware, the paint stores are not even allowed to recommend the use of paint thinner. In fact, they're not allowed to encourage/recommend/suggest the use of any additive that will increase the voc's. Now, whether that's a paint store policy or a state policy, I don't know and they're not saying. But, I've gotten some hemmin and hawin in PA stores as well. Ridiculous. What does the red highlight mean?