Remove small area of semi gloss paint from the wall

John Wood
by John Wood
Some areas of my wall had stains so I painted them assuming it was the same paint but turns out it had a semi gloss finish. The rest of the wall has flat finish paint.
Instead of trying to figure out what paint to buy from store is it possible to remove the semi gloss paint with the hope that the flat finish paint underneath will be exposed?
If I am lucky to get the same paint in flat finish can i just paint over the semi gloss paint?
  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 03, 2016
    Sorry no ...You will have to prime the wall and allow to dry before you re-paint.
  • Dee Dee on Oct 03, 2016
    you can try to match the color and finish of the paint at a paint store, but you will have to prime and repaint.
  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Oct 03, 2016
    Buy some Kilz primer in a small container, paint the area, let dry and then repaint. Be sure your paint is not eggshell instead of flat btw.
  • Lynne Webb Lynne Webb on Oct 04, 2016
    Home Depot. Zinsser B-I-N, printed just that way. Go over the area with this fabulous paint like stuff and it puts a barrier that will block anything undesirable. I put it on ceramic tile that was clashing with my new granite counter tops. It was hard to tell what it would look like prior to the installation. B-I-N is tough stuff, easy to apply and works.
  • Before you prime and paint the whole wall again, try some "matte medium" from the art/Michael's/Joann's/Hobby Lobby/Amazon. The matte may cover the semigloss and give you a nice, matte finish over the offending spots. Might have to feather it out to the other areas with a paper towel but you can always paint the whole wall again. It's worth a try for under $10. Or you could use a brown paper bag to do a light sanding over the spots to knock the gloss off. :)
  • CK CK on Oct 04, 2016
    I've had this same issue. The best bet is to repaint the entire wall in the sheen of your choice. ...presumably flat since that is what you originally had on your wall. You don't need to prime again unless you're changing to a very different color. Also even if you have a flat finish on the rest of the wall, unless you are using the same paint from the same company as before, the sheen may be slightly different. (e.g. some paint company's eggshell may be slightly shinier than another's eggshell, etc.) If you want a truly nice looking wall, repainting the entire wall is your best bet. You could leave the other walls as is if you're trying to save time and money.
  • Alvin Alvin on Oct 04, 2016
    I agree with Connie. You could also try TSP, a deglosser wall prep.
  • Rab663545 Rab663545 on Oct 04, 2016
    I had wallpaper I took off and scrubbed the walls ,but there was still a film that wouldn't come off, I believe it was semi gloss paint befor, I bough the the kilt primer , might have been the arcrylic, painted it all , repainted with an eggshell and have not had a problem in 5 years