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Richard Acland05/05/2020 12:45:56
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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Jon - Laser Engines05/05/2020 15:39:45
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I used both their thinners and cellulose, didnt make much difference

alex nicol05/05/2020 16:15:25
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I've never tried it but just wondering if would Acetone work

Manish Chandrayan05/05/2020 17:18:17
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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
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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

Alan

John Lee06/05/2020 11:32:27
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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
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Good

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

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