7. First thing we needed to do was get the paint thinned out and on the brush. Pour some thinner into a Dixie cup and a few globs of paint onto the high-dollar mixing pallet. Dipping the brush in the thinner and then moving it to the paint will allow you to progressively thin the paint. Don't go crazy, just pull the brush through it, but not in a back-and-forth motion. This will prevent you from damaging the hairs on the brush. To pallet the brush is a very important step to ensure the hairs on the brush are in line to provide a nice consistent pull.