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    Default Rustoleum implement paint mix ratio?

    I picked up a quart of Rustoleum implement paint today and some paint thinner. The can has no directions on it.
    I saw a youtube video where the guy did five parts paint, two parts acetone and .33 part hardener.
    I have never heard of using acetone for a thinner.
    What say you all?
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    Default Re: Rustoleum implement paint mix ratio?

    Acetone is correct.

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    Default Re: Rustoleum implement paint mix ratio?

    Quote Originally Posted by bcp View Post
    Acetone is correct.

    Top right on page 2. Download PDF:
    https://www.rustoleum.com/~/media/Di...amels_TDS.ashx

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    Hmmm, thanks for the quick reply. I guess I'll have to head to the hardware store in the am.
    What is your thought on the hardener?

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    Default Re: Rustoleum implement paint mix ratio?

    Never used hardener.

    Rustoleum is formulated differently than most paints (acetone thinner, etc.). Hardener might or might not work. I would definitely do a small test first.

    A web search might find something about Rustoleum hardener.

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    Default Re: Rustoleum implement paint mix ratio?

    I checked - "Rustoleum hardeners" and there are several recommended. The hardener type depends upon the Rustoleum being used.
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    Default Re: Rustoleum implement paint mix ratio?

    I thin Rustoleum with acetone all the time and have for 15 years. You need to thin more than you think. I spray a light coat outside on a warm day and then a few minutes later a slightly heavier coat. Works fine. I never use hardener because of the risks of lung damage. Lots of threads on that.
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    Default Re: Rustoleum implement paint mix ratio?

    My experience is that Rustoleum works pretty well without a hardener, but be careful for the first month or so. It gets really hard and durable but cures very slowly.

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    Default Re: Rustoleum implement paint mix ratio?

    Prefect timing on this thread. I have a 15 year old rotary cutter that is mechanically sound but could use a paint job. Thanks!
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    Default Re: Rustoleum implement paint mix ratio?

    Can't say enough good about Rustoleum paints, I've used them for around 30 years. I thin with mineral spirits not quite half and half for great results.

    The stuff takes a long time to dry but the longevity is excellent. You'll notice once cured the paint is impervious to gas and oil also.

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    Default Re: Rustoleum implement paint mix ratio?

    Well I sprayed the top today. Overall it went OK. I thinned it according to their website to about 15% and then I added about a third of an ounce of hardener. I made 10 oz of paint at a time. It's not a real glossy finish, I couldn't seem to get a wet look. I don't know if it was today's weather or what.
    I sprayed my winch with the Magic paint a month or so back and had no trouble getting that glossy.
    Maybe the acetone? and the weather?
    It almost looks like a matte finish.

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