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Old 08-13-2006, 06:02 PM
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Rustoleum

Im looking to paint a truck rear bumper and want to use rustoleum, its nothing special, just a old work truck. what do I use to thin down the rustoleum so I can spray it out of the gun, any help would be great!!

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Old 08-13-2006, 06:13 PM
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Check the label on the can. I think it might be mineral spirits.
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Yeah, I think its like 4:1 mineral spirits, here's one writeup on it, hth.

http://www.off-road.com/jeep/tech/cheap_paint/
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thanks for the info and that link, that was pretty interesting read, I wonder how he dealt with the tape line though
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Ok, I don't usually give advice about paint I leave that to the pros but I have used literally hundreds of gallons of Rustoleum on rebuilt mine equipment. Use mineral spirits, the paint thinner kind from Wally world works just fine and thin until it shoots smooth. We used to shoot that stuff with engine cleaner guns with a hose stuck down in the can and if you took your time it would come out slick and shiny as it would using a paint gun but a heck of a lot faster
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Hehe, same here Oldred, I'm far from credible advice, but remember reading allot on it, before really getting into painting, thinking it would be a good way to practice and start off. Then the interest grew much deeper from there.

He did mention on the taping using a quaility tape, and "The final taping for shooting the Red, involved ?re-taping? the scalloped area, which in this case he used a razor blade to cut off the ends/tips, be VERY careful here that you cut the tape and not the paint underneath!"
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The biggest problem with spraying Rust=o=leum is you nedd to cover everything within a large area. It does not dry fast so you will get overspray on everthing near by. It wont just wipe off.
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Im looking to paint a truck rear bumper and want to use rustoleum, its nothing special, just a old work truck. what do I use to thin down the rustoleum so I can spray it out of the gun, any help would be great!!

chris
Chris,

Try thinning it with 25-30% lacquer thinner. It'll dry harder and faster this way than with mineral spirits.

Hope this is helpful.

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I use it to paint farm equipment and I thin it with VM&P Naptha...it makes it dry faster than the Mineral Spirits.
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I've sprayed some Rustoleum "Professional". The can states to thin with acetone for spraying. I did and it worked fine. On some other sites people are using Rustoleum with rollers and thinning with mineral spirits as recommended by Rustoleum for rolling and brushing. Mineral spirits allow more working time and the paint tends to "level out" more before it starts drying. When spraying, leveling out brush marks aren't a concern. Acetone makes the paint dry faster.
"Professional" Rustoleum is a bit better grade of enamel but basically the same applies the the "regular" Rustoleum enamel if these recommendations aren't on your paint can.
Either thinner will work, depends on what you want.
You may see that Rustoleum no longer recommends using mineral spirits as a thinner due to "clean air regulations". It should only be used for "cleanup purposes". Older cans say either acetone or mineral spirits is an acceptable thinner.
It's hard to go wrong by following the manufacturer's recommendations. Even it is just good ol' Rustoleum, they've been making paint a LONG time.
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My only comment was that when spraying it you get a lot of over spray which is very hard to remove from some of the things it lands on. I've even gotten the over spray from the spray-bombs.
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