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Oil Enamel

denny Member

Been awhile since I sprayed oil base.
I could not find Naphtha at my local Ace or Home Depot.
From Ace, I bought something called:
Industrial Maintenance Coating Thinner by Klean Strip.
It says it replaces:
Nowhere on the can does it say what is in it, nor does their website list it. Any of you guys use this stuff.?
I am just looking for a hot thinner that will do the normal for oil enamel..... Dry/Go Off/Flash Off ...faster than paint thinner.
Thank You
i am in usa ca

2/16/16       #2: Oil Enamel ...

What spray equipment are you using? Airless would be advised.
FWIW, just use regular paint thinner, odorless. No need to inhale MEK or Xylene or Tolulene. Those are HOT thinners and will probably 'spot' the finish.

2/16/16       #3: Oil Enamel ...
Paul Snyder  Member


Denny - Check out the safety data sheet attached. Section 3 lists the hazardous ingredients.

  • Item #1 is naphtha a petroleum distillate with a medium evaporation rate. Petroleum distillates are the "standard" solvent for oil base coatings.
  • Item #2 is ethyl acetate, a common coatings solvent with a fast evaporation rate.
  • Item #3 is Aromatic 100, a slow evaporating solvent in the same family as naphtha (petroleum distillate),
  • Item #4 is Trimethylbenzene, another petroleum distillate found in Aromatic 100
  • Item #5 is xylene, another petroleum distillate with a medium evaporation rate.

This product will be fine for thinning oil-base varnishes and paints.

Click the link below to download the file included with this post.


2/16/16       #4: Oil Enamel ...

I am using a Gravity HVLP. This is going on some kitchen cabinets. I would hate to use my airless. It takes 2 quarts just to fill the pump and lines, and then a Bunch Of Thinner to clean it.
It Has Been awhile, but I do not remember having any problems with hot thinner causing finish troubles in the past, but I have not sprayed Tons of oil base.
Thanks for the chemical info.....probably just compliance nomenclature and reformulation jargon because I live in CA.
California is weird about guns and paint for some reason. "They" let us have boats, jet skis, chain saws, gas yard blowers, snow-mobiles, and giant 4 wheel drive trucks, not to mention all of our cars.......but somehow lacquer and oil base paint pose a cataclysmic problem.?
I had to drive 50 miles to Sacramento to get oil base enamel...!!
Anyway.....thanks again for the Advice/Info.

2/16/16       #5: Oil Enamel ...

I am new to this web-site...did not see and edit button.
But why the hot thinner.?
I shot some 3.0-7.0 doors with the same enamel about a month ago. They were tacky for damn near 12 hours.....just looking for something to make the surface go off faster is all.

2/16/16       #6: Oil Enamel ...
Paul Snyder  Member


Unless you add a very slow evaporating solvent on purpose (retarder), the solvents in a paint or finish evaporate relatively quickly and are not the reason the finish stays tacky for so long. Oil-base finishes cure very slowly which causes them to stay tacky for a long time. If it's humid, it can stay tacky for days. There are "fast dry" oil-base finishes made to cure faster.

Using fast evaporating solvents will not cure the finish any faster. But it will help avoid runs since the finish will get thicker more quickly.

The Klean Strip thinner you found will work fine and evaporate quickly. The Aromatic 100 evaporates the slowest and works as a tail solvent to prevent problems that happen when the solvents evaporate too fast (bubble, cracking, etc.).

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