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Old 02-07-2008, 03:35 PM   #1
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Can shine be added to flat paint before application?

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Old 02-07-2008, 05:02 PM   #2
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Why not just bite the bullet and purchase the paint with the sheen already in it? You will have better success.

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No
It's the base...it's formulated differently at the factory, it's not added in at some point later
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I bought about 5 gallons of the paint in flat and after living with it on the living room wall for almost 3 years I really want it to have a bit more shine but I dont want to waste what I already have.
What would happen if I bought more in eggshell or semi-gloss and mixed it with the flat?
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It depends on how much flat you have
If you have one part eggshell, and one part flat, it'll make sort of a "matte" finish
Technically a flat, but with a teeny bit of sheen

It's an old trick to make your own matte finish, before mattes became popular as readily available premium finishes
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Just be careful when you add the paint. Make sure it is the same resin type or your mixing could lead to seeding which is a grit formation. In fact, I would recommend that you buy the same company and same line of paint that you had in the flat. THis way you will know that they are the most compatible you can get. There's no guarantee though when you start dinking around with paints that aren't maufactured to the specific sheen. And it would certainly void any warranty that is offered on the paint itself.
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paints are made up from what us painter call pigments and each sheen of paint differs slightly I have personally with different paints come across where because the batch was different not only the color but the sheen was a bit different I mixed different sheens of paint of the same resin to complete my job and it worked very well.
(resins) these are basic oil alkyd and water resins so don't let it confuse,

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