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Old 07-13-2012, 10:59 PM   #1
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Trying to fix an uneven paint look


I'm trying to figure out how to fix an uneven gloss in my painted wall. I repainted my bathroom and after two coats of painting with semi-gloss paint, I've noticed a considerable difference between two areas of my wall. The right area in the photo was originally a tiled area and when we removed the tiles, the drywall peeled off so I did some extensive mud and sanding work. The left area in the photo (the area w the higher gloss) was just originally painted surface.

Should I apply a few more coats of paint or does the less glossy area need more compound and sanding? Thanks!
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:12 PM   #2
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You would be talking many many many coats to try and build up the orange peel to try and match the old texture. You are better off to skim coat the old section with joint compound.

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You would be talking many many many coats to try and build up the orange peel to try and match the old texture. You are better off to skim coat the old section with joint compound.

or just get rid of the semi gloss paint and go with an eggshell or satin
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Did you prime it? Too late now of course.

Do remember it takes semi-gloss 30 days or so to cure to its final surface. You may just be rushing things.

Reducing the sheen as Chrisn suggests should help though. The higher the sheen the more differences in surface and surface defects show.
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I agree with all the comments so far. Keep in mind that areas that have different textures painted with same paint will always look different. It has to do with how light is reflected off the surface. Different textures refract light differently. Having said this re skimming the old and new surface then prime and and paint or lightly sanding old and new then repriming the reprinting surface with a lower sheen paint or just live with it.

And yes you can reapply primer over your painted surface. Primer does 2 things first it is in higher binder so it sticks to the surface, second it seals the surface and prevents "flashing" which is uneven sheen of a painted surface.
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