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pressi 09-29-2007 04:23 AM

change matt to gloss finish
I have recently painted my living room with Matt finish painting and after completion found that the room has become darker. I would really like to change it to gloss. Would be very happy to know if it can be done.
worried for repainting with the same colour gloss as it might still darken the colour because of multiple coating with same colour

any thought or suggestions please.


rk_king2004 09-29-2007 04:28 AM

You can certainly paint gloss over a matte finish.
painting ideas

pressi 09-29-2007 04:34 AM

thanks for reply, I want to do that as the last option.

I wanted to know was there any painting liquid that can change matt to gloss.

slickshift 09-29-2007 07:17 AM

Sorry it's not what you wanted to hear but...
No, there's not

As the process, cost and labor, would be the same whether applying a clear "gloss" or another coat of paint, same color, correct sheen, would be the same (actually more as you'd need two coats min.), there's little market or reason for any type of "gloss" coating

The solution to your problem is paint over it with a matched glossy sheen paint

slickshift 09-29-2007 07:37 AM


Originally Posted by pressi (Post 65389)
I...found that the room has become darker. I would really like to change it to gloss.

Gloss won't lighten it
If you want it lighter, then re-painting with a lighter shade would be the solution

Hamilton 09-29-2007 10:34 AM

Glossy walls in a living room? :no:

joeyboy 09-29-2007 12:27 PM

I wouldn't personally go glossy, but you'd go matte? I'd be thinking a satin as the highest sheen, maybe just eggshell or something tho

sirwired 09-29-2007 09:37 PM

Changing the sheen will not lighten your room one bit. The sheen does not affect how much light is reflected, it affects how consistent the direction of that reflection is. Low-sheen paint scatters the light, high-sheen paint reflects it in a more organized fashion.

If you want to affect the amount of reflected light, as opposed to how shiny it looks, choose a lighter color and re-paint. For Sherwin Williams anyway, there is a "Light Reflective Value" on the back of their color chips.

In addition, high-sheen paint will magnify any defects in your wall finish. Every nail bump, every application issue, every drywall patch, every dent will stick out like a sore thumb.

To answer your actual question, you change the sheen of your wall by adding a coat of higher-sheen paint. (Preferably two coats.)


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