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Old 04-26-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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I just recently painted and apartment here at the complex I manage. I used Clark + Kensington Paint / Primer in One- Interior Semi Gloss Enamel on the walls and High Gloss Paint Primer in One Interior for the trim work.
The first room I prepped and painted had a tough time with coverage and it had patches were the semi-gloss looked flat. They claim it is one coat coverage. I went with a darker color over white and I put on 3 coats, but the problem still exists. The same thing happened in both the bathroom and Bedroom, same type of paint, different colors...
Next came the living room... I decided to use Kills first, but to no avale the same thing again. Flat patches... And just so you know I used all new rollers and brushed on each area...
Now get this all trim was done with the High Gloss and it seemed to look OK. Well I thought, anyways, until I returned to find that when it dried the Trim Paint looked FLAT and when I ran my hand over it, my hand had white dust on it... No gloss left what so ever...
I've painted a lot of houses, but have never ran across anything like this.. Can anyone tell me what could make this happen????????
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:07 PM   #2
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How can this be? Clark & Kensington was a top rated paint in a leading consumer magazine recently. I was told at the local Ace that C&K was a better choice then the BM they carry. So bizarre!!

As an apartment manager, don't you have a paint contractor that does this type of work for your company? Call them and be done with it.
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let a profesional do the job. Better for you to be in the kitchen cooking for your man.
Sorry, its a joke !
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We are a small complex and a small town. My husband and I do most of the work, except we hire for any major electrical or plumbing...
Bizarre yes... I'm have never seen this before with paint. so not sure what is going on. Clark + Kensington is the top of the line paint at our store... $32.99 a gallon, plus tax...
And to Rent a Painter. Thanks for the suggestion, but the apartment is a very small 1 bedroom. Really about the size of a Studio, no need to rent anything. I actually do great work...
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Doesn't make any sense. The only possibility is that there is actually flat in the can and it just got mislabeled. Paint some out on a sealed paper card or something and check the gloss. Otherwise that paint just plain sux.
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Start off buy NOT painting semi on the walls
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Ha Ha ---- I also cook, bake, work on cars, you name it... lol No time to rest, maybe someday. And I just used a can of Sherman Williams on the Kitchen walls. Yes it is Semi Gloss. I tend to like it and it wipes up well, hopefully it will help with those dirty renters... Stay tuned and I'll see what happens when I check it in the morning. Will it still be Semi Gloss or will it start turning to flat.. If it does I say there is something wrong in that apartment....
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you sound like a wonderful person. Glad you didn't take my comment the wrong way.
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Spot prime with the paint.

Semi needs to be built up to produce the proper sheen levels.
Nothing coats properly without a second coat.
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I believe technique is important tool and you should try these rules before you do next paint.
* Use a GOOD brush and/or mini-roller.
* Don't overwork the paint, use long flowing strokes, and get away. Brushing past 1 minute is too long in the same area with modern paints....they set-up too fast.
* If door is paneled, paint those first, then the short horiz. cross pieces, leaving the long verticals stiles for last.
* Don't overlap into any vertical stile, center or edge.
* These long vertical pieces (center & the 2 sides) need long strokes, since your eye tends to notice them more.
your done.
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Spot prime with the paint.

Semi needs to be built up to produce the proper sheen levels.
Nothing coats properly without a second coat.
One coat over a patch...the compound/plaster will soak everything up. Spot prime with paint to balance sheen.
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you sound like a wonderful person. Glad you didn't take my comment the wrong way.
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Ha Ha ---- I also cook, bake, work on cars, you name it... lol
I can't remember if you said you were married...

I could probably stop by and check the job out and help troubleshoot.
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What were the weather conditions? Were the apartments open and ventilated while painting? If so...was it humid? Humidity kills sheen.
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