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TNDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-20-05 04:01 PM
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Can flat paint be made into semi-gloss?
I have some flat paint I would like to use for a room but I want to faux paint on top of it and need the base to the semi-gloss. Can I add some gloss to the paint or something to make it more like semi-gloss?
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-20-05 04:06 PM
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1. No. Most paints start...
out as glossy, but semi-gloss, flat, etc., have stuff added to lower or kill the gloss.

Depending on the kind of paint, you might be able to use this stuff as an undercoat before painting with semi-gloss. If you were going to use to coats, it wouldn't go to waste that way.

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katmondoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-20-05 04:14 PM
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2. You can use semi-gloss polyurathene over the paint after it drys
but i do not think you can add anything.The polyurathene is clear.
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-20-05 04:44 PM
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3. But I don't recommend this if you are doing paint on paint as the other
color will likely not adhere to the polyurathene well. Best to go buy the right base paint. No point doing it to just have it peel off.
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-20-05 04:58 PM
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4. Easier going the other direction, but ...
Edited on Sat Aug-20-05 05:00 PM by BrotherBuzz
If you have to, you might experiment by adding water-based polyurethane (assuming you're using latex paint) I would start by adding about 10%. Just mix up a small batch and apply to scrap material and use a hairdryer to speed up drying time and see what happens.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-20-05 05:01 PM
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5. yup...
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