Well, the articles I've seen posted have guys thinning the mix out 50/50, which seems wayyyyy too thin to me ... but then, their results are a lot more polished and better-looking, overall. It's a matter of taking one's time and doing things correctly, having the time/know-how to do it right, and so forth. In this instance, we went with about a 30% mix of mineral spirits in with the Rustoleum, so while it's still a lot thicker than what the other guys have used, it still levels out better than straight Rustoleum and doesn't have a ripply textured look to it like my Notch came out with. As far as "what we're thinking" : We're both poor, desperate, and driving cars with over 200k on 'em. Would you spend $2,000 on a paintjob for a car that's maybe worth $1,500?