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Old 01-26-2010, 05:22 PM   #1
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Do darker colors appear more glossy?


I painted the ceiling of my media room a very dark gray, almost black, with a flat sheen. It's been a few days and the paint still looks wet and glossy, equivalent to a satin sheen. Before I consider buying new paint and redoing it, I want to ask if darker colors just appear glossy because the light reflections are so obvious due to higher contrast.

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Shouldn't look glossier although I suppose the added pigment could add some gloss. Doesn't sound right though.

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What brand of paint was it, dare I ask.
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I agree with Chrisn...what brand of paint? Generally speaking eggshells will leave more of a sheen the darker you go and flats themselves can at times also. It is caused by the amount of glycol based colorants that can increase a sheen level from pastels to the darker base type mixes.

Recommendation: Biased BM dealer here.....look into Ben Moore's Waterborne Ceiling Paint. This is what they call an ultra flat and also uses waterborne colorants that do not affect the sheen level. Here a link....BM508
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I agree with Chrisn...what brand of paint? Generally speaking eggshells will leave more of a sheen the darker you go and flats themselves can at times also. It is caused by the amount of glycol based colorants that can increase a sheen level from pastels to the darker base type mixes.

Recommendation: Biased BM dealer here.....look into Ben Moore's Waterborne Ceiling Paint. This is what they call an ultra flat and also uses waterborne colorants that do not affect the sheen level. Here a link....BM508
Thank you for the paint recommendation. I'll check it out.

The paint I used was Olympic.
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