Is thinner the same as acetone?
Acetone will soften or lift many types of paint. Mineral spirits and paint thinner are pretty much the same thing. Both are slower dying, mild solvents for reducing enamels and varnish. When it comes to cost, paint thinner is usually cheaper.
Most nail polish removers have acetone as a primary active ingredient. Acetone is a powerful solvent for both oil-based and latex-based paint, and can be used to remove uncured paint from a wide variety of surfaces. Some nail polish remover is composed entirely of acetone, and can be safely used to thin paint.
- If you don't have a polish thinner or are in a real pinch, you can also use an acetone nail polish remover to thin your polish. Add it to your nail polish one drop at a time and shake gently to mix just as you would a polish thinner.
- Heat actually keeps polish from firming, so giving your digits a shot of cold air is much more helpful. Since cold hardens polish, ice water baths are also a great setting trick. Before you start painting your nails, fill a mixing bowl with ice cubes and run cold water over the top.
- Use ice water. Nail polish dries when it encounters cool temperatures, so try freeze-drying your polish in place by using ice water. Before painting your nails, fill a bowl with cold water and some ice cubes. Straight after painting your nails, submerge your nails in the icy water for 2-3 minutes.
But the solvent might also damage or remove the finish, so it's usually best to try weaker denatured alcohol or naphtha first. The solvent strength makes acetone excellent for removing paints and finishes, so it is a common ingredient in paint and varnish removers.
- Lacquer thinner is a blended mixture of two or more solvents. Acetone, amyl or ethyl acetate, keotone and toluene are common ingredients in lacquer thinners. But lacquer thinner is also an effective brush cleaner. It can soften and dissolve most paints even after they've hardened.
- Acetone, amyl or ethyl acetate, ketone and toluene are common ingredients in lacquer thinners. Lacquer thinners are designed to thin lacquers and clean equipment used for lacquer finishing. It can soften and dissolve most paints even after they've hardened. It is highly effective at removing spray paint.
- Note on Removing Acrylic Paint From Wood. Alcohol, acetone, and lacquer thinner should work on bare, unvarnished wood. If the wood is varnished and gets acrylic dried on it, then hot soapy water is the only way. Although alcohol will not strip varnish per se, it may dull the shine or discolor it.
Updated: 21st October 2019