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Old 04-07-2013, 04:14 PM   #1
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OK to add water to semi-gloss paint?


I have some Benjamin Moore Regal that the lid hasn't fit well on that's been around a while but it's half full. It seems like it is a little thicker than when new.

I painted a few doorframes and it looks fine, but it seems to dry fast.

Is it ok to thin with a little water?

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yes, a little

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A little water is ok and pour the paint thru a strainer too since it's been sitting for a while.
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A little water is ok and pour the paint thru a strainer too since it's been sitting for a while.
Thanks! Good idea on the strainer the lid was rusty around the edges so Im sure there is some junk in there.

Trim and crown moulding was ok, but when i was doing a large door I was having to move fast to keep the paint from getting tacky and dragging. I hate to waste paint, especially the good stuff. I think this bedroom project will use it up otherwise I would put the leftovers in a better container.
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It's the solvent in the paint, not the sheen, that determines if you can add water to it :-)
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It's the solvent in the paint, not the sheen, that determines if you can add water to it :-)
Not sure what I was thinking there - should have said OK to add water to acrylic paint?
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It's always OK to add water to water based paint - in the sense that you're not going to screw up the chemistry. Might not accomplish what you want, but in your case probably will.
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Yes definitely can. You can add water to latex paint but not too much, just enough so that it is easier to apply. Good Luck!
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An additive and conditioner is what I would do rather than thinning the paint with water. Floetrol is one brand.

Can should have a recommendation for how much water you can add. Better to add a little and try it. You cannot take it back out!

Make sure you are using a good brush and don't overwork your surface.
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But in this case you probably aren't really thinning the paint, because water is probably exactly what the paint has lost and therefore what it needs to get back to original composition. Floetrol won't hurt, but the solids in Floetrol aren't what has evaporated from the paint (assuming that's what happened.)

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