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Old 02-26-2013, 05:49 PM   #1
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Does new paint look better than old?

I mean, in general, does new paint look significantly better than old? I just finished painting a bathroom after doing a drywall patch after adding a fan and switch. I still have a second bathroom with the same old paint. The new color is pretty close to the old color. The old was semi-gloss. The new is pearl. The new bathroom looks so much better than the other (second) bathroom that I am tempted to paint the other one too. I can't put my finger on why the recently painted room looks better. Maybe its the shade of color. Maybe the old paint has lost its sheen. Maybe its my imagination.


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Sps, not meaning to sound like a wisea$$, but if new paint didn't look better than old they wouldn't sell much paint. Certainly, paint loses attractiveness over the years. Colors fade, sheens lose luster, the surface gets dingy from dirt and soap scum, etc. In general, it's not your imagination.


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Old 02-26-2013, 09:57 PM   #3
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And paint quality makes a huge difference. BM Aura is hugely better than Dutch boy..
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I used BM Kitchen and Bath. It had good reviews. I wouln't be surprised if it has more pigment than some other paints -- nice rich color. The old paint rather looks like they only gave it one coat.
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It may very well be that the lower sheen makes the wall look better. It's very well known that high sheen magnifies flaws in the imperfect wall finish, and flat paint hides flaws, making the wall look smoother, flatter, and more consistent in color. Pearl obviously lies somewhere in between and is an improvement over semi gloss in that regard.
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