Paint Reducers & Activators

Basecoat, Single-Stage, Primers, Clearcoat Reducers and Activators

Eastwood Activators & Reducers for Paint

Choosing a great basecoat and clear coat for your car is the start of a great paint job, but the right activator or reducer will help finish it. Adding one or both to your ride will give it that smooth, shiny and durable look you seek. We have formulated a number of auto paint reducer and activator choices for use with our single-stage urethanes, ceramic paints, urethane clear coats and other products.

Activator Solutions for Single-Stage Finishes

In the auto paint world, activators are synonymous with "hardener" or "catalyst". Both help the basecoat or clear coat to cure and harden, preventing bubbling or fading while also helping to protect against weather or chemicals. We have auto paint activators for 4:1, 3:1 and 2:1 mixing ratios. Low-VOC urethane activators are made for use with matching clears and with the Eastwood Basecoat Clear Coat System.

Urethane Auto Reducers

Adding a reducer to your paint or primer helps thin it the right level for better flow and atomization when you apply it. This will give you a smoother finish without sanding and will help prevent the infamous "orange peel" bumps and texturing that can happen to fresh paint. Our reducers contain no water or alcohol, making them the right addition to everything from ceramic underhood paint to Candeez custom finishes.

The Right Speed for the Right Temperature

Both Eastwood paint activator and paint reducer are available in slow, medium and fast formulas. Each is designed for use at a different temperature. Choose slow activators and reducers for use on days above 80 degrees when you need a higher flash point. Medium-rated products are an all-around solution but work best between 70 and 80 degrees. Use fast activators for cooler temperature below 70 degrees so they will cure quickly.

Make Your Car Look its Best

Combining the right urethane activators and reducers for your single-stage DIY painting project will help give it that vibrant pro-quality appearance. Eastwood is happy to answer your questions by phone or email if you're wondering how to use these products for the best results.

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Choose the speed you need

Starting at: $14.99

Use the slow reducer in temps between 80-90 degreesF
Only $15.99
Use with Low-VOC Clears, Basecoat Clearcoat system; fast for under 70°

Only $32.99

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Hardens and cures single-stage urethane paints, and ceramic paints
Only $14.99
Improves atomization and flow-out of our urethane paints, epoxy primers

Only $15.99

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Pro-quality paints are obviously the most important factor in your automotive paint job, but without adding the right paint activator or paint reducer, you're just not going to get that smooth as glass, professional finish you're shooting for. Our urethane activators harden and cure our single-stage urethane paints, ceramic paints, and our European urethane clear coats. Use our Low-VOC versions of our auto paint activators with our Low-VOC Clears and the Eastwood Basecoat Clear Coat System.

Urethane reducers come in slow, medium and fast formulations, and will significantly improve atomization, flow and leveling, resulting in a smooth finish with much less "orange peel".


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