Paint thinners are used to thin paint products, paint stains, or paint brushes. There are various types of paint thinners that are available in the market. The two major types or paint thinners are oil-based and water-based thinners. There is a big difference between them, and using the wrong type of paint thinner on a certain type of paint may not yield best results.
Types of Paint Thinners
In addition to oil-based and water-based thinners, there are also various types of materials that paint thinners are made of. These include acetone, alcohol, lacquer thinner, turpentine, mineral spirits, and toluene. Aside from each type having a different composition, and toxicity, strength and solubility also varies.
Raw materials used for each type are also different. The common aspect about most paint thinners is that they can cause harm to the environment, so labels and directions for use must be read carefully. Proper disposal of paint thinners is also strictly advised.
Environmentally-friendly paint thinners
With paint thinners categorized as solvents, it is acknowledged that these materials can be harmful not only to the environment but also to you and your family’s health. For healthy alternative options that are good for health and the environment, citrus-based paint thinners are now being produced. Derived from essential oils of citrus plants and fruits, citrus-based paint thinners are considered as natural solvents and work the same way as petroleum-based solvents.
Another good aspect about citrus based paint thinners is that it is not as toxic or flammable as petroleum-based thinners making them safer for use in your home and office. Key ingredients used for these thinners are environment friendly, biodegradable, and organic. This means that disposal is easier while usage is safer.
Aside from thinning paints and cleaning brushes, citrus-based paint thinners can also be used as a cleaner and degreaser for homes and offices.