Thinning latex paint

I’ve noticed the Sherwin Williams paint I’m using is very thick which is nice as far as not running or dripping, but, it’s not very good at leveling either. Even with a quality brush and primed baseboard I have more brush strokes than I prefer.

Decided to thin it and noticed on the can they recommended a 8:1 thinning ration for touching up so I gave that a try.

Seems to be much smoother result but maybe the coverage is down a bit which doesn’t matter since I’ll be doing a second coat.

My question is, do today’s paints need thinned more than in the past? I never had this issue before but then again I never used SWP.

Thanks.

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