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Edi Silva  Member


I'm looking for a source for good quality 55 gal. Lacquer Thinner, we're spraying ML and using their Thinner, but at $19.00 a Gal, it gets expensive, Thanks for any Help,


9/23/18       #2: Lacquer Thinner ...

Use their thinner for the product and buy a cheap gunwash for cleanup.

9/23/18       #3: Lacquer Thinner ...
Leo G Member

I generally thin my MLC Krystal less than 5%, not exactly an expensive proposal.

If you are using it as a cleaner that would get expensive. Acetone or wash thinner is much cheaper.

9/23/18       #4: Lacquer Thinner ...
Edi Silva  Member


Thanks guys, I've been using a Lacquer Thinner from a local Auto Parts for cleaning and the ML for paint mixing. I wonder if anyone have find a good quality in large quantity that we can save some. Leo we use 20% to 30% in the mix.

9/23/18       #5: Lacquer Thinner ...
rich c.

If I understand correctly, cheap lacquer thinner has a high recycled content. Price of the material should not make a difference in your business unless you aren't calculating the amount used correctly for the job. The customer pays for the thinner, right? Use the good stuff.

9/23/18       #6: Lacquer Thinner ...
Leo G Member

Sounds like you're using HVLP or other cup type system instead of a AAA.

9/24/18       #7: Lacquer Thinner ...
Edi Silva  Member


All AAA's here Leo, A few HVLP for Stain application, 20% works good for us, I know some guys around here doing up to 40%. Thanks

9/24/18       #8: Lacquer Thinner ...
Leo G Member

Wow, why so much thinner? With Clawlock primer I'm using on 15%. I suppose it'll provide for faster flash times. But you're going to need an extra coat at least.

9/24/18       #9: Lacquer Thinner ...
Edi Silva  Member


2 coats of primer and 2 coats of resistant. tinted primer for dark colors.

9/24/18       #10: Lacquer Thinner ...
Leo G Member

I do 20% with Resistant and I'd like to go less but my formula seems to work. 15% with the Clawlock, and 20% of a mixture of #2 and Reducer work great for Resistant.

9/24/18       #11: Lacquer Thinner ...
Jim Clark

Thinner is much cheaper by 5 gal sizes
at a auto paint store.

9/25/18       #12: Lacquer Thinner ...

You can buy high quality solvents from sherwin williams in 5 gallon cans.

9/25/18       #13: Lacquer Thinner ...

I think NAPA sells 5 gallon cans for their auto paints. The sherwin williams stuff is for their industrial paints. Its in black cans.

11/14/18       #14: Lacquer Thinner ...
DanShaf Member

With regard to ML Campbell catalyzed and precatlyzed finishes, using their lacquer thinner gives you:

1. the best flow out
2. the least risk of a recoat window

You might have to add in some Care Retarder or whatever other MLC additive that you might need.

That said, I add in Mohawk's Flash off Control Solvent and I prefer Sherwin-Williams lacquer thinner. Sherwin- Williams also isn't that cheap.

Kleen Strip Acetone from Walmart is just under $14 a gallon, $8 cheaper than Sherwin-Williams.

11/20/18       #15: Lacquer Thinner ...

I get Sherwin Williams thinner in 5 gallon for $13 and some change...maybe cheaper. Just need to get an account and call a rep for pricing. I do have to remind them about every time that it is not $20 a gallon and they quickly change the price.

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