Asked on Jun 28, 2016

Help! Satin oil based looks like semi gloss

by SJazz
I decided to touch up my upper cabinets with a new can of Sherwin Williams Satin oil based paint. There was already a primed coat before (6mo ago). It's been 24hrs & I don't remember them being SO glossy! I was SURE to stir the can every 10min. Could this still be in CURE phase considering it's been raining for 2 days & some areas are dull but others still look wet? I'm in panic mode b/c my house is on the MARKET! TIA
  7 answers
  • William William on Jun 28, 2016
    Poor Sheen Uniformity Also known as ‘flashing’, poor sheen uniformity can be identified as shiny or dull spots on a painted surface that lead to an uneven gloss. Possible causes of flashing: Uneven spread rate whilst painting Failing to properly prime a porous surface Poor paint application that results in lapping. How to fix it: New substrates should always be primed and sealed before applying the top coat to ensure a uniformly porous surface. Without the use of a primer or sealer, it’s likely you’ll need an extra coat of paint to do the job. Make sure you always apply paint from 'wet to dry' to prevent lapping. Often, applying an additional coat will even out any sheen irregularities.
  • Peggi Tebben Peggi Tebben on Jul 10, 2016
    Never paint on a rainy day!
  • Nan8294950 Nan8294950 on Jul 11, 2016
    Take a deep breath. They look great and will be easier to clean. BUT if you can't stand it - HD/Lowes - sell a liquid sander. Wipe it on - can even use steel wool or a fine grit sand paper to take the sheen off. BUT I repeat - it's a kitchen - gloss is easier to clean than a mat finish.
  • Kim Humber Kim Humber on Jul 11, 2016
    Turn the heater on and if you have a dehumidifier turn it on too. Wait a few more days before you do anything. It is very likely that you got the paint on in different film thicknesses and it is drying at different rates. Oil paint can take days to dry in high humidity.
  • Adam M Mittler Adam M Mittler on Aug 07, 2023

    I like semi- gloss paint over others... I like the shiny look.... My advice would be stop buying oil based paint...

  • Adam M Mittler Adam M Mittler on Aug 07, 2023

    Your cabinets brought out the sunshine do t sweat it.....I don't think a home buyer is going to have an issue with the color!!! Not really a determining factor to home buying in my opinion .

  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 10, 2023

    Hello, hope this helps. You can use steel wool to smooth and dull the finish a bit