Top 5 Chemicals Used in Paint Shops  

Whether it’s a body shop or a business that does artwork, paint shops are valuable assets. It’s something we’ve learned at Bodyshield over the years. And it is because of this, we understand the role chemical products have in ensuring a smooth and efficient painting process.

In this blog, we’ll explore the top 5 chemicals solvents used in paint shops:

Basecoat Reducer

Having basecoat reducer is a must in any paint shop. Its main purpose is thinning down automotive basecoat paints, which are commonly used in vehicle refinishing. This helps you get a smoother finish and allows for precise application.

In addition, workers can adjust the reducer ratio to achieve good consistency, making it an essential in most industries that demand lots of paint jobs.

Gun Wash Thinner

Keeping paint guns clean is vital for maintaining paint quality and prolonging the life of painting equipment.

That is why gun wash thinner is designed for this purpose. As the title suggests, it effectively cleans paint guns and removes residual paint and contaminants. It also prevents clogs and ensures that paint is applied evenly, guaranteeing a high-quality finish.

If you’re a body shop or business who uses paint daily, check out our blog on Bodyshield’s gun wash thinner or contact us on our website.


Toluene is another versatile solvent used in paint shops. It’s prized for its excellent solvency and ability to dissolve a wide range of coatings. In the paint world, toluene is often used with lacquer thinner and specialty paints. Its fast evaporation rate also makes it a preferred choice for projects that require rapid drying times.

However, due to its flammability and potential health hazards, proper safety precautions must be taken when working with toluene.


Acetone is a powerful and fast-evaporating solvent used for various purposes in paint shops. It’s perfect for cleaning surfaces before painting, removing unwanted grease, and degreasing tools and equipment.

With that in mind, acetone can also be used for thinning certain types of paint and adhesives. But workers should be careful when handling acetone due to its high flammability and strong odor.


Another favorite of ours is Naphtha. It is a solvent that’s valuable for its ability to dissolve and remove several types of coatings, including oil-based paints and varnishes.

This is used in the paint industry for tasks such as thinning paints and cleaning brushes and rollers.

Naphtha is known for its fast evaporation rate, making it a suitable choice when rapid drying is necessary.

More often than not, having a good supply of chemical products in your paint shop is a smart investment. So, if you’re a business who uses paint every day, please feel free to contact us on our website or email us at