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Old 08-21-2009, 11:38 AM   #1
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Can I change the sheen of a paint?


So I bought a house and the old owner decided to do me a 'favour' and cover the nail and screw holes around the house. They did a terrible job. Huge patches of white compound all over the place, and they didn't even fill in the holes. I would have rather had their nails still in there, I could just hand something on it.

So in the kitchen there were many patches. I redid the patch with sanding, and primed the patches. I cut a piece of the drywall out so I could take it into the Home Depot to get it colour matched.

Using the piece I had, and the fact that it was a kitchen, the associate suggested the Kitchen & Bath paint (forget what brand).

The paints colour is a great match, but the sheen is not. The paint is too shiny and the patches are noticeable.

I know this is a stretch, but I'm wondering if there is an additive I can put into the paint to dull it a bit. Maybe like a chalky substance.

I could just repaint the certain wall in the kitchen, but I still wouldn't use this shiny paint. It shows too many flaws.

Any ideas?

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Old 08-21-2009, 01:56 PM   #2
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Sherwin Williams has a product but it would be for Sherwin Williams paints only.

most SW employees dont even know about it. the sales code is F63T1.

i would recommend buying new material that is the sheen you want

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The K&B paint is probably an eggshell. (I think HD's K&B is a Glidden...) You probably need a flat to match the existing paint. There are no magic compounds to change the sheen of a paint; unsurprisingly, the underpaid clerk failed to check the sheen on your sample when he suggested a paint. (This is sadly typical for Big Box paint dept. help...)

However, for a kitchen, flat paint is probably not the best choice; it stands up rather poorly to scrubbing. I suggest either Sherwin Duration Matte or Ben Moore Aura Matte for this use. Certainly not HD paint...

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Old 08-21-2009, 02:02 PM   #4
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The Sherwin Williams product i mentioned is a "magic product" that reduces sheen of materials.
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Old 08-21-2009, 02:44 PM   #5
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I Googled and looks like it is called Polane Flattening Paste. It could be for industrial painting purposes.

Its listed on here: http://www.noisecontrolproducts.com/custom_colors.html

I'll go check it out, it wouldn't hurt as I can't really use the paint as it is.
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:12 AM   #6
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SW could order it by the gallon for $50 or so. Good to know, but that is well over the cost of my paint.

I'll just buy new paint.

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