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Windex as Thinner
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 04:48 PM
How many of you use windex as a paint thinner? Are there any disadvantages to using it? I am planning on thinning some autoair colors with it.
Posted 14 March 2009 - 05:08 PM
I use it for c-tex have had no problems as of yet.
Posted 14 March 2009 - 05:37 PM
I also use it with no problems on the apple barrel paints.
Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:11 PM
What is the purpose? I use water w/o trouble... I have read many use it, Why?
Posted 15 March 2009 - 02:04 AM
Well here goes trouble. Windex has three main parts to it. Water ,alcohol and silicone to put a shine on a window. I have no problem with the first two but the third one I do. If you spray light enough coats you can do it but you are still applying silicone to the part which is not good for the final coat. This is where fish eyes come from. Many may use this but you may as well use just water and alcohol. The thinner I got with my order smelled like it may have had a hint of alcohol but not much. Distilled water with the iron removed is what I would use. Think about it if you get it on the bait without problems it is still under the finish and will not let the finish bite in as good as it could. There was a post earlier this week about a pearl coat that let the clear peel off,these problems are the ones you might encounter. Im not saying that was the problem in his case but those are the weird things that could happen. If you refinish any thing try to follow instructions from the manufacture they paid some one a lot of money to develope the product.
Posted 15 March 2009 - 08:19 AM
I have been using Distilled water without any problem's and I also use it to clean my air brush.Its cheap too.
Posted 15 March 2009 - 02:11 PM
I use it. It keeps me from streaking. Pretty effective. (that old gag!)
Posted 15 March 2009 - 02:39 PM
I always thought that it worked as a water tension remover,causing the paint to flow smoother.Years ago the acrilic paint line for art work sold a tension breaker for art painting.I checked a few weeks ago at a art store and didn't see it on the shelves.I always thought it was windex type solvent.Don't really know,but it worked great.
Posted 16 March 2009 - 09:38 AM
I've been using windshield washer fluid for a long time now as a c-tex thinner. Make sure you get the regular fluid and not the de-icing variety.
Cheap, cheap, cheap.
Posted 16 March 2009 - 11:16 AM
I always thought Windex had ammonia in it.
Never knew it had silicone. Maybe that's why I get some fish eyes in my epoxy.
I'll be coating the lures with pastel fixative from now on before I epoxy.
Posted 16 March 2009 - 12:15 PM
Sorry wrong word it is ammonia that is in windex .I had a bottle of alcohol on the desk when I posted. There is alot of house hold products have silicone in it. Remember one thing if you need to get rid of silicone you need silicone to remove silicone. Wipe on then wipe off.
Posted 16 March 2009 - 03:04 PM
It has been said before on here that the ammonia damages the finish on your air brush also. It must take a long time because I havnt noticed any damage on mine.
Posted 23 June 2009 - 10:23 PM
Hey guys..............Put a drop of dish detergent into a 1/2 gallon of cool water. Shake it up and leave it uncovered until the bubbles disapear. Use this to thin out cheap water based paints like apple barrel and for cleaning your airbrush. The soap content does break surface tension as was mentioned earlier which allows for better flow. Dont use an ammonia based product in your paint as you are attomizing it and do not want to breath that up. It will destroy your respiratory system and can actually cause brain damage.
Posted 24 June 2009 - 12:16 AM
To echo what the last few posters have stated, yes Windex does work but IT IS NOT SAFE TO INHALE WHEN ATOMIZED! Also, talked to an Iwata service rep last year & asked him the same question. He just smiled & said "If you want to keep sending your brush to my service department for maintanence & repair then yes please keep using Windex!" That response along with the wicked headaches & dizziness I got when spraying Windex was reason enough for me to never touch that stuff with a ten foot pole ever again, even for window cleaning!.
Posted 24 June 2009 - 12:22 AM
thers a new windex that does not have ammonia in it been working for me i usally dont thin any thing except apple barrel paints .
Posted 24 June 2009 - 12:25 AM
Ah, so deska! Now I understand why I'm so dumb....windex brain damage!
Seriously, I think I have the newer Windex, but, if not, I'll put the Windex in the truck window washer, and some dish washing detergent and water in my clean up bottle.
Thanks for the heads up.
Does the ammonia attack the teflon seals? Or the O rings?
Edited by mark poulson, 24 June 2009 - 12:28 AM.