I will admit this is probably one of the thickest pastes I have used but it performs excellently. With this paste you're not supposed to spread it yourself. All you do (depending on what you're applying it on) you either use the single dot or 5 dot method and then let the heatsink squeeze and spread it all over the chip. However, if you want to make it a lot easier, hold the TIM syringe under a hot water faucet for about 20 mins and once you feel the syringe itself is hot you can bet the paste inside has warmed up and is easy to spread. I did this and it made the TIM a lot easier to apply.