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Anyway, I always hear people say "Break the surface tension of paint" yet I have never figured out what exactly that means.
What does it mean?
How do you "break" the tension?
What effects does this give you?
What is the purpose of this?
Thanks Again, :sleep:
Surface tension is what makes bubbles, because the atoms/molecules within a fluid attract each other, naturally fluids pull themselves into a circular shape, because paint is thick, this can mean that it does not spread easily over surfaces, but instead forms blobsOriginally Posted by SqueaksTo prevent surface tension hampering your coverage and causing blobs to dry as blobs, firstly paint should be diluted slightly, secondly further improvements can be made by adding a fluid to reduce surface tension, commercially these are flow enhancers, however washing up liquid and other detergents with long chain hydrocarbons work just as wellHow do you "break" the tension?with dilution nice flat painted surfaces instead of uneven ones because the paint has dried in blobs, by using flow enhancers or washing up liquid- better coverage, easier to paint withWhat effects does this give you?Easier painting, better finishWhat is the purpose of this?
Last edited by Cheredanine; March 23rd, 2006 at 12:58.
Everything you have been told is a lie!
Can't improve on that explanation nicely said
Thank You.:w00t: Well at least I don't have to worry about any problems. My paints flows smooth and free like a animal. :shifty: