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I was just about to do some touchup work in a room when I discovered upon opening the can that the remaining paint had thickened into a much thicker consistency. I think the lid may not have been on correctly.

Can I use it as is for touch ups? Or would it be best to apply some kind of thinner? Do I have to go out and buy paint thinner, or is there something else I could use that would spare me the trip to the store?

Its latex paint, about a year old. From Benjamin Moore.

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The answer to that depends on what kind of paint it is - can you post more details? –  MT_Head May 18 '11 at 1:19
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Latex paint can generally be thinned with plain water... but I'd test with a very small quantity and a piece of scrap wood first. If you can't get a good consistency, there are thinners made specifically for latex - SCL-Sterling makes one called Thin-X Latex that I used a while back, with good results.

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I had about 1-1/2" of silly putty in the bottom of a 5 yr old gallon of latex paint. I put about 1/2" of paint thinner in a 16 oz cottage cheese tub, then filled the tub about 3/4 full with hot water, then dumped the water/thinner mixture into the gallon can and stirred for a while. Got something resembling paint, easily good enough for touch up, but will need to strain it for my little project.

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Have you actually used this yet? –  Niall C. Jul 15 '13 at 1:59
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You can thin that paint with FLOWTROL. You can use up to 1/4 of the volume of the paint to bring it back to a good spreadable consistency .

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