By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more
Forum sponsored by:
Forum sponsored by CML

Solarlac Thinners

All Topics | Latest Posts

Search for:  in Thread Title in  
Richard Acland05/05/2020 12:45:56
149 forum posts
72 photos

Any one know of an alternative to Solarlac thinners which I am having trouble getting hold of,for cleaning brushes and thinning Solarlac paint.

stu knowles05/05/2020 13:00:49
620 forum posts
53 photos

I have always used cellulose thinner. I found that it needed to be quite thin or you get a weird 'candy floss' effect when spraying

Best bought by the 5 litre tin at around £12

Jon - Laser Engines05/05/2020 13:40:13
5740 forum posts
275 photos
Posted by stu knowles on 05/05/2020 13:00:49:

I have always used cellulose thinner. I found that it needed to be quite thin or you get a weird 'candy floss' effect when spraying

Best bought by the 5 litre tin at around £12

I have that problem. It floats around in the air like hollywood spider webs.

Bloomin awful

Alan H05/05/2020 15:13:51
107 forum posts
2 photos

I just did a job with brushed on Solarlac, like Stu I used cellulose thinners with no problems. Needed to be thinned quite a bit to brush smoothly.

Former Member05/05/2020 15:16:06
161 forum posts

[This posting has been removed]

Jon - Laser Engines05/05/2020 15:39:45
5740 forum posts
275 photos

I used both their thinners and cellulose, didnt make much difference

alex nicol05/05/2020 16:15:25
419 forum posts
17 photos

I've never tried it but just wondering if would Acetone work

Manish Chandrayan05/05/2020 17:18:17
669 forum posts
75 photos
Posted by Jason Channing on 05/05/2020 15:16:06:

If I remember correctly Cellulose thinners is non polar and is not compatible with Solarlac , try a non polar such as 2K thinners,If you mix cellulose with solarlac and leave for a while it will separate.

Been exactly my experience

Alan Hilton05/05/2020 19:49:47
142 forum posts

Cellulose thinners has some polar solvents along with non polar / aromatic / aliphatic solvents which is why it is wildly effective .The polar solvents can react with some enamel paint causing problems . Solarlac thins with cellulose as does Hamerite which is similar . However very old hamerite used chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents ,cellulose thinners causes this stuff to curdle like off milk.So old solarlac may be a problem .

2 k thinners is mostly a mix of toluene and xylene isomers(aromatic) . Enamel thinners is similar to 2 k with some aliphatic (petrol like) solvents


John Lee06/05/2020 11:32:27
855 forum posts
109 photos

Just found an old & rusty tin of Solarlac thinners in the shed. There isn't a full list of ingredients but the label has a warning that it contains 'Toluene and acetone'.

cymaz06/05/2020 12:56:04
9592 forum posts
1267 photos


iirc Hammerite thinners will work....but try a little bit to test first

All Topics | Latest Posts

Please login to post a reply.

Latest Forum Posts
Support Our Partners
Subscribe now
electricwingman 2017
Sussex Model Centre
Advertise With Us
Latest "For Sale" Ads
NEW POLL - has the pandemic altered your event safety perceptions?
Q: Has the covid pandemic deterred you from attending shows and events in 2021?

 No, I'll be attending just as many as I usually do
 No, but I'll choose my event with greater care
 Yes, I'll attend fewer events going forward
 Yes, I wont attend any where previously I have

Latest Reviews
Digital Back Issues

RCM&E Digital Back Issues

Contact us

Contact us

Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of RCM&E? Use our magazine locator link to find your nearest stockist!

Find RCM&E!