How do I make this paint appear more even?


This door is painted with high gloss enamel but the colour isn’t uniform. Some parts don’t have the same sheen as the rest. It has had two coats. Why is this happening?

q how do i make this paint appear more even
  4 answers
  • Karen Brunck Karen Brunck on May 18, 2019

    Hi Thea. It looks as if the duller areas dried too quickly, and/or the paint wasn't mixed uniformly. Give the entire door a quick rub down with 000 steel wool, wipe down with a damp cloth, then repaint. Choose an overcast day, and if the door opens into your home, you may want to turn off any heat or air that may dry it out unevenly. 😊

    • Thea Thea on May 18, 2019

      I didn’t even know the speed at which paint dries has any bearing. Thanks.😰

  • I would try priming it first, two solid coats. Sand it down first to make sure it is smooth and even. You may want to look at the paint you're using for it, too... is it old? Is it the right paint for this material?

  • Dee Dee on May 18, 2019

    Its all about keeping the paint stirred. With darker and glossier colors the paint needs to be consistently stirred to keep the pigment and the 'sheen' suspended in the paint

  • William William on May 19, 2019

    I agree with Karen and Dee. Thick and thin coats of paint and some areas dried quicker than others. Enamel does need to be stirred consistently to keep the paint solids suspended throughout the paint. Also priming first would have helped. Stopping mid stream will also cause shadows and blotches. Use a green kitchen scrubby to scuff the surface and remove the shine. Wipe down with a damp cloth. Use a foam roller to apply the paint. Go from bottom to top without stopping and keep a wet edge. Overlap the wet edge about 1/4". Then with a gentle touch go from top to bottom to even the finish out. It's called "laying off". Try to load the roller with the same amount of paint each time, but the "laying off" will help.

    • Thea Thea on May 20, 2019

      We gave it another coat using a more continuous technique and at least it is more even. Will see tomorrow if it has dried completely. I must say we didn’t give it a scrub/sand and it shows. As you probably already know, it became textured (as can be seen below). But we are going to leave it because extra coats will probably make it worse. Thank you for the advice!