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Daffney 10-20-2012 07:54 AM

Flat over semi-gloss - how do you do it?
I saw a picture on a blog of a wall painted in semi gloss and then stenciled over with a flat paint. The result is that most of the wall is flat, with shiny accents throughout. My concern is the flat paint sticking to the semi gloss. But it must be doable because I saw it in the picture! I doubt very much they scuffed every area through the stencil first because that would be impossible to line up again when painting. Does cure time affect the ability to roll flat over gloss and if so, how long is cure time generally? Thank you for some expertise.

Brushjockey 10-20-2012 08:20 AM

It isn't so dangerous to do a flat on a semi if they both are good quality acrylic paints. It gets dicey when you put it over an oil the most.
Ive done what you describe with stripes ( same color, different sheens) and harlequin diamonds ( lots of layout!).
Gives an interesting and subtle look.
Cure depends on conditions ( humidity) and paint, but generally speaking about 3 weeks to total cure. If you paint before then, they bond to each other a bit better- but I think it should be fine anyway.
The flat won't be that cleanable, so do this in an area that won't get lots of abuse.

Daffney 10-20-2012 09:22 AM

How do you do it?
Thank you for your quick response. It's helpful that you have done this before and really know what I am talking about!

user1007 10-20-2012 12:30 PM

Actually something like Benjamin Moore Aura in flat or other lower sheens is as cleanable as most semi-gloss paints.

If most of the area is flat? Are you sure the semi was not reverse stenciled over the flat?

In any event, as mentioned, if using quality acrylic products on fresh painted surfaces it should work out alright.

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