What is paint conditioner and why is it needed ?

Kit Kat
by Kit Kat
  5 answers
  • R Walter R Walter on Feb 12, 2017

    Paint conditioner when added to the paint, floetrol for water based and penetrol for oil based gives a longer working time before the paint starts to cure, possibly eliminating brush strokes

  • William William on Feb 12, 2017

    Paint conditioners are in the news, at least within decorator circles, discussing the merits and/or (dis)advantages of adding conditioners to water based and oil based paints – to extend coverage, slow down open times, as well as make for a smoother, more level finish. A more viscous paint may give poorer flow, but help give a good paint thickness and opacity, too thin may give smoother flow but may leave the paint film a bit thin and cause more coats to be needed to build up film thickness. Overly flowable paint could slump down the wall! Increase the wet edge/open time and you could delay drying time. It’s important to precisely follow the directions of the paint conditioner. Because a conditioner is a thinner, applying too much to the paint will make it drippy and decrease surface coverage requiring more coats. It is generally used to thin paint when using paint sprayer to make the paint flow easier and prevent clogging. It doesn't reduce the consistency of the paint like water or spirits do.

  • Two7361002 Two7361002 on Feb 12, 2017

    Question-why is the Conditioner not already mixed into the paint please? 🤔 Ready to use?

    • William William on Feb 12, 2017

      Different amounts of conditioner are put in paint for the specific application. It needs to be measured, per manufacturer, for what the paint is used for and how it will be applied.

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Feb 13, 2017

    It makes your paint more like an oil paint, gives it a really nice finish

  • Dfm Dfm on Feb 14, 2017

    flotrol also make paint go thru a paint sprayer more easily- just remember to thoroughly clean the nozzle/ sprayer tip.