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Old 04-08-2010, 01:37 PM   #1
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I ended up having almost 3 gallons of a medium-gray paint left from another project. I thought my garage would be a good place to use it up, but the color is a bit dark. I also have about 2.5 gallons of off-white left here from the previous owner. The gray is eggshell, the white is satin - they are close so I wouldn't expect it would make much of a difference mixing them together.

For future reference though - if one were something like a semi-gloss with something like an eggshell (ore even a flat), what kind of results would one get mixing the two together?


Just one of those curiosity questions, I suppose.

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if both are interior and both are latex you can mix fine. The sheen will be in between the two more towards the higher sheen.

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Thanks, that's exactly what I wanted to know.
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I do that all the time. Just mix them good. When you think you are done mixing, you are about 1/2 way there. Keep mixing.
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Mixing two sheens of the same type of paint generally get's something in between

I'd have to add a word of warning though, not all types of paints mix well
There are even some lines where even if you mix an older one and a newer (reformulated) one of the same line you will end up with gritty paint
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I keep a bucket of junk paint - I mix leftover whites
I only use it for non-critical areas
--main use is between floor joists so that basement lights will be brighter

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