I have some leftover latex paint that I'd like to mix together to paint our
basement powder room - one-half of a gallon can of FLAT pale blue, and
one-half of a quart can of HIGH GLOSS white. I'm not concerned about the
resulting color but wonder whether a the high gloss paint can be
successfully blended into the flat paint?
Paint's cheap, your time to recover from the disaster is probably a lot more
Besides, in order to mix it you'll have to use a shaker. I can't imagine a
paint shop being all that willing to go along with this idea.
It's not a matter of saving money. I'm a recycler and hate to see anything
wasted. I'll just add the 1/2 quart to the larger can and shake the bejesus
out of it. I can't envision a disaster as this is a basement powder room
which is rarely used.
Flat paint is just glossy paint with the addition of a flatting agent.
There is no problem mixing left over paints of whatever sheen.
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It would depend on how old the leftover paint is and under what conditions
it has been stored.
If you're looking to save money and you're not picky about the color, you
might consider picking up some fresh "opps" paint at either Lowe's or Home
Depot. By that, I mean paint that was mixed by their paint department for a
customer and the color didn't come out quite right. The Lowe's near me
sells this paint for $5.00 a gallon and it's frequently their better quality
Just a thought.
The paint is fresh - I just finished using it in my upstairs bathroom - the
flat on the walls and the high gloss on the trim. As I wrote to the
previous poster, it's not a matter of saving money this time but rather a
chance to use up leftover paint rather than trying to dispose of it safely.
The mixed paint gloss should be a combination of
the two paints probably closer to eggshell than
semigloss. The high gloss has stuff in it to
provide the high gloss and when mixed with the
flat paint it will just be diluted
Go for it. Latex is pretty benign stuff so mixing types will not cause any
serious disasters. You'll probably end up with a paler blue that is not
quite flat. Worst case scenario is you paint over it after you get tired of
looking at it.
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