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never tried it, sounds stupid 6 37.50%
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Old 06-11-2010, 01:43 PM   #1
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has anybody tried mixing two different sheens of paint together to get a custom sheen? I'm talking about the same paint brand, base, color, etc. I hate that theres hardly any eggshell sheens for ext. I was thinking about mixing flat and satin together.

I've only done this with an interior oil where there was only highgloss and satin, and it worked pretty good but was on a small scale. I'm more interested in exterior application.

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Old 06-11-2010, 03:14 PM   #2
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I have never with paint but when I had a floor to refinish and the Saturday I chose to poly the store didn't have enough of one sheen. Mixed satin and gloss.

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I've only ever done it with poly and waterborne varnishes.
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You can do it and it works fine. Mix them good mechanically or with a power mixer. Make sure you mix enough though, if you run short you'll be buying 2 gallons when you may need less.
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You can do it and it works fine. Mix them good mechanically or with a power mixer. Make sure you mix enough though, if you run short you'll be buying 2 gallons when you may need less.
I figured if they were mixed well, it should probably work. And yeah, if you run short theres two gallons required. I figure for exterior, and extra gallon for the job wouldn't be too bad.
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Been thinking for a while- Ben flat and egg= poor man's matte...
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I have heard from a full time floor finisher that if you don't mix a satin and leave all of the flatteners at the bottom of the can, pouring off the rest, it'll be more like a gloss. Sometimes the lower sheens can be hard to find in clear, and I've had a lot of requests for flat or matte clears in the last few years.
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I voted I've done it and it works.
It is not a big deal as long as you are not trying to use some old rotten paint to save a dollar.
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I do it on interior a lot. For customers that don't want a lot of sheen but still not flat. I've found that 2 gals of flat, one of e/s or satin makes a nice sheen.
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I have heard from a full time floor finisher that if you don't mix a satin and leave all of the flatteners at the bottom of the can, pouring off the rest, it'll be more like a gloss. Sometimes the lower sheens can be hard to find in clear, and I've had a lot of requests for flat or matte clears in the last few years.
Correct, but I think you meant the polyurethane....stains have no finish ( other than the few polyshade type )
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I do it on interior a lot. For customers that don't want a lot of sheen but still not flat. I've found that 2 gals of flat, one of e/s or satin makes a nice sheen.
Now you have a 3 gallon mix If you run out...come see me I'll gladly sell you 3 gals for touch ups
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Now you have a 3 gallon mix If you run out...come see me I'll gladly sell you 3 gals for touch ups

THis was the ratio for the last job i did it on. I don't use that ratio everytime.
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Now you have a 3 gallon mix If you run out...come see me I'll gladly sell you 3 gals for touch ups
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I think it would be better to think of it as "parts" rather than gallons, it's easier to break it down. I do this for stains not sheen's
1 part to 2 part
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An interesting idea, one that i've never considered TBH.

I would be uncomfortable doing so still as the touch-up issue could be a problem if you run out of material, and don't keep a record of exactly what ratio you mixed the product in. Because then your screwed.
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An interesting idea, one that i've never considered TBH. I would be uncomfortable doing so still as the touch-up issue could be a problem if you run out of material, and don't keep a record of exactly what ratio you mixed the product in. Because then your screwed.
I would think you would figure on a corner to corner touch up. I think it would be impossible unless you had the original mix, it doesn't even seem practical and you would be voiding the warranty of from the paint manufacture. something I wouldn't be willing to do.
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THis was the ratio for the last job i did it on. I don't use that ratio everytime.
I know, I was just trying to make a funny
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I do it on interior a lot. For customers that don't want a lot of sheen but still not flat. I've found that 2 gals of flat, one of e/s or satin makes a nice sheen.

Why not just use low sheen? I know some brands do not carry low but why not buy one that does?
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I have heard from a full time floor finisher that if you don't mix a satin and leave all of the flatteners at the bottom of the can, pouring off the rest, it'll be more like a gloss. Sometimes the lower sheens can be hard to find in clear, and I've had a lot of requests for flat or matte clears in the last few years.
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Correct, but I think you meant the polyurethane....stains have no finish ( other than the few polyshade type )
Yes, I was talking about urethane, but I meant what I wrote, which was satin, not stain.

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