One of the most common questions we get here at Fresh Coat Painters is whether or not you can paint over a semi-gloss finish with an eggshell finish.
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The Differences Between Semi-Gloss and Eggshell Paints
Although both semi-gloss and eggshell paints have a satin finish, there are a few key differences between the two. Semi-gloss paint has a higher percentage of gloss, which gives it a shinier appearance. Eggshell paint has less gloss, giving it more of a matte finish. Semi-gloss paint is also more durable and easier to clean than eggshell paint, making it a better choice for high-traffic areas or areas that are subject to spills or stains.
Which One Should You Use?
There are four main types of paint finishes: flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, and high-gloss. Each finish has its own unique benefits and drawbacks.
Flat paint is the most common type of paint finish. It has a matte finish and is ideal for hiding imperfections in walls. However, flat paint is not very durable and can be easily damaged.
Eggshell paint has a softer sheen than flat paint but is more durable. It is often used in bedrooms and living rooms because it is easy to clean. However, eggshell paint can show imperfections more easily than flat paint.
Semi-gloss paint has a shinier finish than eggshell paint but is not as glossy as high-gloss paint. It is more durable than eggshell paint and can be used in high-traffic areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. However, semi-gloss paint can show imperfections more easily than eggshell paint.
High-gloss paint has the glossiest finish of all the types of paints. It is very durable and can be used in high-traffic areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. However, high-gloss paint can show imperfections more easily than semi-gloss or eggshell paints.
How to Paint Over Semi-Gloss With Eggshell
It is possible to paint over semi-gloss paint with eggshell paint, but there are a few things you need to do first in order to ensure that the new paint adheres properly and looks good.
Before you start, you’ll need to thoroughly clean the walls that you’ll be painting. Use a degreaser for any areas where grease or cooking splatters are present, and wash the entire area with soap and water. Rinse the walls well and let them dry completely before beginning any painting.
Once the area is clean, you’ll need to sand it down in order to create a rough surface that will help the new paint adhere. Use a fine-grit sandpaper and sand lightly; you don’t want to create deep scratches in the surface. If there are any damaged areas on the walls, such as cracks or holes, use spackle or joint compound to fill them in and smooth them out before sanding.
Once you’ve sanded the walls, you’re ready to begin painting. Starting at the top of the wall and working your way down, apply an even coat of eggshell paint using a roller or brush. Let the first coat dry completely before applying a second coat if necessary.
The Pros and Cons of Painting Over Semi-Gloss With Eggshell
It is possible to paint over semi-gloss with eggshell, but there are a few things to consider before doing so. The biggest concern is that semi-gloss paint is more durable and easier to clean than eggshell, so the new paint may not be as forgiving if it gets stained or dirty. Semi-gloss also has a higher sheen than eggshell, so the new paint may not look as uniform if it’s not applied perfectly.
That said, there are some advantages to painting over semi-gloss with eggshell. Eggshell paint is generally cheaper than semi-gloss, so you can save money by using it as a base coat. Eggshell also has a slightly softer appearance than semi-gloss, so it can help to tone down a room that feels too harsh.
Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to paint over semi-gloss with eggshell comes down to personal preference and the specific needs of your project. If you’re unsure, it’s always best to consult with a professional painter or decorator before proceeding.