[TIPS & TRICKS] How to thin Leather Edge Paint

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It may happen that the leather edge paint that we have to apply turns out to be a little too dense, and we therefore need to dilute it to reach the desired viscosity. How then to dilute it without risking to ruin it?Let's start by saying that Giardini Edge Paints are all water-based. This already gives us an indication of what could be a solution to achieve our goal. But when does the need to dilute the paint arise?

The viscosity of our paint can vary over time, depending on several factors: one of the main ones is the temperature, as in winter the paint generally has a higher viscosity than in summer. But this can also vary within bottles that we have been using for a few weeks, in particular if the bottle is left open during the working process.

In fact, from an open bottle, the part of water that makes up the paint will tend to evaporate, and this means that consequently the paint inside the bottle can have a higher viscosity, or be more dense than originally.

It is possible to restore the original viscosity by adding demineralized water, the same that is normally used for the iron.

We recommend using this type of water to avoid introducing bacteria into the paint, which could accelerate the decomposition process, thus causing it to spoil prematurely reducing the shelf-life of the paint.

But what quantity to add? There is no precise answer to this question: we usually recommend proceeding in small doses, for example adding "half a cap" (or even less) at a time until the original viscosity is restored. Remember that once diluted it cannot be re-densified. Once the water has been added, shake the bottle gently and then check if the result is to your liking.

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