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OK, I ground down some of the rough welding spots on the inner fender well now its time to paint the engine bay. I know some guys just use Krylon but since I have a gun I thought I'd just shoot it. The paint I got said to use 4:1 paint/reducer, is reducer the same as lacquer thinner or do I need to make another trip to the paint shop?
 
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Probably enamel and you'll have to go back to the shop. It's kind of spendy stuff too.
 
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I don't think you can get it any smaller than a quart-size but it's handy to have around. Du Pont 3812 enamel reducer works great as a paint-prep. removes wax, road tar and grime as well.
 

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If it's enamel, you'll need to get enamel reducer. The reducer comes in different drying speeds, depending on temperature. Make sure you get the right temp reducer.


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BE very carefull when thinning it. Runs like a mustang in heat.

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I'm amazed that the paint supply shop let you out of the door without telling you that reducer is needed. Even mail order suppliers inform you that reducer is required. If its 4:1 ratio as you state then generally the reducer comes in a quart,while the paint is available in quarts to a gallon.
 

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You didn't mention it, but don't forget the hardener. If you are planning to buff it out, it will take forever to properly cure without it.

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