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Silk or matt emulsion paint?


 
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MissDIY

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 11:25 pm Reply with quote

Hi all,

Iím in the process of painting my living room walls. There is currently old wallpaper there that has been painted over, so this needs to be stripped off first. I donít know in what condition the plaster is under it, but as the house was built in 1970, Iíd expect it to be in relatively good condition and not to come off. Fingers crossedÖ

Iíve been wondering whether I should choose silk or matt emulsion paint. The afternoon sun shines nicely into the room, so if the finish is uneven, it will stand out. Considering this matt would probably be better, but Iím worried that it may look too dull and any marks can be seen easily. However, if I put a silk paint on, will this make any imperfections to stand out? E.g. Dulux has silk, matt and soft sheen. Which of these would you recommend?

Many thanks in advance

J
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Zampa

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 12:36 am Reply with quote

Id go for matt on a rough wall for the reasons you have stated..apart from that IMO silk always looks clinical to me.

I think the pros out wigh the cons with matt

Why dont you rag roll the wall in matt..it hides alsorts.
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MissDIY

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 11:09 am Reply with quote

Thanks Zampa,

That helps me to make up my mind. Iíll give it a go with matt. But letís wait and see first what kind of wall is under the wallpaperÖ

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spice

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 11:56 am Reply with quote

To be honest I would never use silk or soft sheen, as I love matt, its more classy IMO, and yes, if you use silk or sheen your walls would have to be really smooth as would show up if little nic.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 10:43 pm Reply with quote

I love sillk an i am reel clarsy.
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Maz

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 5:05 pm Reply with quote

i used silk on my very bumpy spare room and regretted it. as well as all the bumps shining in the unlight the whole thing looks a bit wipe clean
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