Paint thinner is a solvent used to thin oil-based paints, varnishes, and enamels. It is used to adjust the consistency of the paint and make it easier to apply with a brush or roller. It also helps to clean brushes and other painting equipment after use.

Paint thinner is made from a variety of chemicals, including mineral spirits, turpentine, and acetone. Each has different properties and are suited for specific paint types. It is important to use the right thinner for the type of paint you are using, as using the wrong thinner can affect the paint’s final finish, drying time and can also be dangerous to use.

Thinners are also used to remove paint, they are applied to the surface and the paint softens and can be scraped off. Thinners also play an important role in cleaning paintbrushes, rollers and other tools after use, as they dissolve and remove the paint that has dried on the tools.

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