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Mark Norfolk
Query about thinning (Humbrol) enamel paint. I have been using Humbrol brand thinner but it really stinks. I have seen a video on you tube suggesting acetone but also found a product called ‘Bob Ross odourless thinner’. Does anyone have experience with either or any other (preferably not very smelly!) alternative? The suggestion with acetone is it lengthens an already has long dry time!
9. July 2019, 20:08
Augie Acetone will also make it very chemically active and likely to eat the plasitc.
Bob Ross (Happy little accidents) odourless thinner is for oil paints and not enamels.

You can try VMS thinners for enamels, but as I said in my previous mileage varies, for humbrol as it stands, their stuff does work best sadly.

Other option is to move in to acrylics which are generally less odour too.
9. July 2019, 20:20
wilky I find the smell of acrylic paint worse.
Maybe it's because of sucking down enamel fumes from childhood that I don't really notice them now
9. July 2019, 20:29
Mark Norfolk Thanks Augie & Wilky - I have bought a few acrylics but the vast bulk of my paints are enamels (& to be fair in good nick given they have sat unused for nearly 20 years :) ). I just really notice the smell of Humbrol thinners and wondered, so started exploring. Humbrol it is: fan on and window open!
10. July 2019, 05:39

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