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Silk paint over matt - help!

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by Amber0307, 14 Jul 2019.

  1. Amber0307

    Amber0307

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    I've just finished putting one coat of matt emulsion onto our bathroom walls before realising a more durable, wipeable finish would be better (duh, decorating newbie!)

    What I'm wondering is, as the same paint is also available in silk emulsion, can I just pop a coat of the silk on top of the matt for a finished room? Or should I do two coats of the matt and then one coat of the silk?

    Cheers for any advice! :)
     
  2. Bonni

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    2 coats of softsheen or acrylic matt on top of the matt that you've already applied.

    2 coats of silk and if it still hasn't covered, more coats.

    If you put a coat of silk or softsheen on, then some filler, you need to matt paint over the filler before applying silk or softsheen to the filler.
     
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  3. Amber0307

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    Sorry - are you saying two coats of soft sheen or acrylic matt and then another two coats of silk on top of that?

    Or two coats of soft sheen/acrylic matt OR two coats of silk, either or?

    Cheers! :)
     
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    Were the walls previously painted?

    If not, did you remember to thin the first coat of matt emulsion (as per the instructions on the tin)? Fresh plaster is very porous. When water based paints dry their molecules shrink back and bond together (a process known as coalescence). If the walls are too porous (ie. the level of suction is too high), the water in the paint is sucked into the plaster rather than evaporating off. The result is paint that doesn't adhere properly and may well end up peeling off when you apply the next coat of emulsion.

    If the walls were previously painted then go ahead will your silk paint. Be advised that silk obliterates old colours less well than matt. If the colour change is substantial then I would recommend using matt until the old colour is gone, and then two coats of silk.

    Personally, I prefer using waterbased eggshell to using silk but if that is all you have access to then go for it.
     
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