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I'm painting the ceilings using ZAP (and yes, they're those stippled ceilings ... and YES, I am covered from head to toe with paint from painting the ceiling).

In any case, I'm going to need to thin the ZAP before too much longer but I forgot to pick up paint thinner or turpentine yesterday after work, and have only a bit left.

And I don't want to go into town because: 1. the closest store with thinner or turpentine is a good 20 miles away; and, 2. there's huge holiday celebrations here this weekend, lots of half crazed out of towners who have never been on curvy, hilly two-lane roads w/o shoulders :rolleyes: so i REALLY don't want to get out there and try to avoid being run into by one of them.

Is there any alternative I can use? I know ZAP is shellac-based, if that helps. I have alcohol (including some vodka for making herbal extracts :haha: ), linseed oil and who knows what else lurking around here.
 

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Country,

Sounds like you'd best use some of that Vodka! I'd suggest two shots to go with each attempt to get the "polka-dots" off your hide. ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the Saturday grins!

bearkiller
 

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Country,

Sounds like you'd best use some of that Vodka! I'd suggest two shots to go with each attempt to get the "polka-dots" off your hide. ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the Saturday grins!

bearkiller
:haha: Okey-dokey! Sounds good to me! :D
 

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Doesn't it have instructions on the can for how to thin? I think you might need denatured alcohol but not sure.
 

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Wait! It's NOT a shellac-based product. I got it mixed up with another product.

:rolleyes: Can you tell I could use a little vacation time?

In any case, it says thin with mineral spirits, of which I have none and no prospects of getting any unless I'm willing to take my life in my hands by going out on these roads with all the thousands (and I mean THOUSANDS) of out-of-towners here who are used to six and eight lane highways and have no idea what to do with our quaint little two lane curvy hilly blacktop with no shoulder.

I refuse to die at the hands of an out of towner who can't drive on these roads --- and esp. if I can come up with a good substitute for mineral spirits on my own!

I do have some boiled linseed oil --- would that make it too squirrelly?

Maybe ... what? :confused:
 

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You can prob use the linseed oil, it will take longer to dry tho. and if this is supposed to cover stains it might not work as well. This is a primer? What are you painting over it with?
 

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It's like Kilz, but also works really well as a primer at a very reasonable price.

I'm using it on the ceilings and floors --- on the ceilings as a stain block and sealant of a sorts (I'm covering years of leaks before I put a new roof on last summer and --- well, the ceiling's never been painted), and on the floor as a primer. The areas of the floor I've already used it on, it works perfectly. I just got the bright idea to use it on the ceilings a few days ago --- when I finally realized I have no choice but to paint them, unless I plan on never raising my eyes high enough to see the ceiling. :haha:
 

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I've never used it, but I have used KILZ. Nasty smelling stuff! If you thin with linseed oil you will have to use an oil based paint over it. I don't have any idea if you would still need oil based if you thinned with mineral spirits. Also, most of that stuff doesn't block stains if it is thinned at all.
 

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Yes, it's really dreadful smelling --- I've had the fan (but not the a/c) of the central air running all day, as well as more than a few open windows.

Okay, well, maybe I'll give up on thinning it, as the entire purpose in using it on the ceiling is as a stain block. It's just so thick, it's kind of hard to work with --- but I'll just go have a cup of tea and gather my strength to do it anyway! :yeeha:
 
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