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How to Thin Oil Paint?

By April 14, 2011

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"How do I thin oil paint?"
I can think of three different ways to thin oil paint:
  1. Spread it out with a brush so there's only a thin layer on the surface.
  2. Add some solvent, to make the paint more fluid.
  3. Mix in some oil, which will also make the paint more fluid though not as much as solvent.
Remember to stick to the fat over lean rule, so don't first use oil to thin your paint and then brush over this with paint thinned with solvent. That's a recipe for cracking.

See Also:
What Does Fat Over Lean Mean?
10 Tips for Oil Painters

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