Tend equipment to mix ingredients with paint products to thin products.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$21,000 – $50,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Thinners do?

Tends equipment to mix specified amounts of liquid and powdered ingredients, such as oils, solvents, lead salts, and resins, with paint products, such as paint pigment and paste, varnish, and stain, to thin products: Weighs ingredients, using scales, and dumps into mixer. Turns valves on storage tanks to admit specified liquids into mixer, and starts power agitator to blend ingredients. Starts pump to transfer batch to storage tank or clarifying machine. Writes identifying code on tanks and records quantities and types of ingredients added to batch. May be designated according to mixture thinned as Bulk-Pigment Reducer; Paste Thinner; Stain Maker; Varnish Thinner.

Should I be a Thinner?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Paste Thinner, Varnish Thinner

    How to become a Thinner

    Most Thinners have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9jdaaa&chl=no+college+%2881%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29|associate%27s+%285%25%29|bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,81,81
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