What is Floetrol? When Should You Use It?

What is Floetrol

Floetrol

Floetrol

Floetrol is a latex paint additive used as a conditioner to help reduce build up on paint brushes, eliminate brush marks and extend drying time. It’s made and distributed by Flood.  Many professional painters use Floetrol as their “secret weapon”.  As oil based paints continue to be phased out, Floetrol gives latex paint a similar flow and leveling of oil based paints. Floetrol is not to be used as a paint thinner. 

It’s best to use flat, eggshell or semi–gloss sheens. If you use Floetrol with a high-gloss sheen, it can minimize the shine. While it is milky in color but will not change the color of your paint because it dries clear.

When to use Floetrol

Floetrol is most commonly used when painting trim, cabinets, doors or fine furniture, and it can be used indoors or outdoors with several different application methods. If you’re not able to roll or brush the paint easily, such as if it drags or sets too fast, this is the time to use Floetrol. It’s also important to use a high quality brush. Make sure to check out my article on Purdy and Wooster paint brushes.

If you’re applying paint with a spray applicator, Floetrol will reduce the tip from clogging and the piston from freezing up when using a cupgun sprayer, helping to preserve the life of the sprayer. It will also produce a more even spray pattern. 

If you are new to using Floetrol, it’s a good idea to experiment with different amounts to see how it effects the paint. Sometimes it takes very little, and sometimes it takes a lot. Start with 1/2 pint of Floetrol per gallon. More can be added if the paint is still dragging or setting too fast, but do not exceed more than 1 quart of Floetrol per gallon. If you add too much Floetrol, you’ll lose hiding power.

**TIP** Pour in the appropriate amount of floetrol and have the paint store shake it in their paint shaker. 

Floetrol Specifications

  • Application Temperature:

    The optimal application temperature is between 50 F and 86 F.

  • Dry Time:

    Penetrol will dry within 12 – 24 hours. When added to paint, the dry time may increase. No additional dry time is needed when used on bare metal. Additionally, high humidity may prolong re-coating and dry time.

  • Coverage

    The optimal application temperature is between 50 F and 86 F.

  • Available Sizes:

What is Penetrol

Penetrol is Floetrol’s sibling but it’s designed specifically for oil-based paints and primers. It’s not as common as Floetrol simply because oil based paints are being phased out. Penetrol reduces brush marks and helps level the paint. Oil based paints have high VOC’s and adding Penetrol may raise the VOC level. 

Penetrol Specifications

  • Application Temperature:

    The optimal application temperature is between 50 F and 86 F.

  • Dry Time:

    Penetrol will dry within 12 – 24 hours. When added to paint, the dry time may increase. No additional dry time is needed when used on bare metal. Additionally, high humidity may prolong re-coating and dry time.

  • Coverage

    The optimal application temperature is between 50 F and 86 F.

  • Available Sizes:

Recap

Floetrol is a latex paint additive used as a conditioner to help reduce build up on paint brushes, eliminate brush marks and extend drying time. If you’re new to using these products, it’s a good idea to experiment with different amounts so you know how it effects the paint. These paint conditioners are not to be used as paint thinners. 

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