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I have mixed water based polyacrylic for years & used basically the same formula mentioned by others
I have no answer but do appreciate everyone's input. I have the paint I want in flat but wanted to make it harder and less absorbent when it's dry. I'm definitely going to try adding some poly! Thank you
I came to this site looking for an answer a few months ago. I appreciate the advice of those who had tried it. I decided to mix my flat with the 1/5 ratio and it came out beautifully. I am pleased with the results and hope anyone else looking for this info, goes ahead and tries it.
I am in the same situation with 5gal of flat paint that I’d like to make into an eggshell. Planning on trying the 5 to 1 ratio but just curious as to what sheen of poly everyone is adding to obtain what sheen of finished product. It appears that satin, matte, semi-gloss, and gloss are all available. Thanks for whatever help people may have.
I have 5 gallons of flat paint that I’ve been using all over my walls and I want to do the kitchen. But flat would be hard to clean in a kitchen. What should I do? Mix it with a gloss Or add a clear gloss? Thnx!
I hate flat paint because it absorbs fingerprints and smudges like a sponge and I am always looking for a good deal on paint because it is so outrageously expensive and I buy the cheap oops paints and mix it up and add tint to get the color I want this so I picked up 10 gallons of oops paint at several different locations and I was disappointed that I didn’t end up with any semi gloss paint and I was stuck with a very nice beige paint that was flat and dry looking so I went to the big orange box and found some water born spar varnish thick deep gloss and mixed 2 gallons into my paint and I was impressed with a very nice sheen and I was able to use my beige oops paint and it looks great and if you ever want to flatten a semi gloss paint to a matte finish you can mix in some cornstarch a little bit at a time to make the sheen you want I used to mix paint at a little hardware store and the old lady who owned the store taught me the best tricks to get what I want without spending a lot of money
Yes you can add a waterborne gloss varnish to your paint to give you the sheen you want and if you need to flatten it out you can add some cornstarch to tone a semi gloss I don’t like the sheen of semi gloss paint and I don’t like the sheen of the matte finish so I tone down semi gloss paint with some cornstarch
I would NEVER waste money of flat or eggshell paint. It looks terrible and is usually difficult to clean. Latex-based semi-gloss is the way to go - much easier maintenance! If you HAVE to use flat paint, save it for the ceilings.