Cleaning walls with flat paint

nananeedshelpApril 9, 2009

Note to all: Never use flat paint. I have used a damp Mr. Clean eraser to lightly remove body oil stains from my wall. Flat paint was used by builder. Now, how do I get the water marks off the wall? Every stoke with the eraser has left a mark.

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Lori A. Sawaya

I don't like those Magic Erasers even on good quality paint. Best thing to do is just touch up the walls with the flat paint -- provided you have some leftover.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2009 at 4:34PM
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It's fairly normal that flat paint is not washable. Some higher end flats with a greater percentage of solids are somewhat washable, but all of them will burnish when bumped, banged into or rubbed. The great thing about flat paints are that they are usually very easy to touch up, which is why the builders leave you some in your basement. Use a roller and feather the edges of your touch-up's out by rolling from the center outward. If you use a brush, dab the paint on to try and simulate the texture that is already there for the best chance of getting the paint to blend in.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2009 at 4:36PM
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I love the look of flat paint - all of the rooms in our apartment are painted in flat and the walls look great. We did our bedroom a burgundy color, also flat paint and within a week it looked horrible. If you touched, leaned or brushed up against the wall it would leave a mark - I would describe the mark as "powdery" looking.

The other day while cleaning I wiped one of the marks with windex - I was cleaning and curious to see what would happen. After wiping it, the mark was gone - so I did all the spots and now my wall looks freshly painted. I have NO IDEA why or how.

I guess you can try that? It worked for my walls with dark, flat paint.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2009 at 3:10PM
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I also love the look of flat paint. I'm about to have my entire interior painted. Right now I have the original KM Frost, circa 1991, on knock-down wall finish. I don't have kids or a lot of hands on the wall, but I've cleaned up spaghetti sauce splatters many times, sometimes with 409 and it still looks good.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2009 at 9:01PM
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If you want the look of a flat paint, but that's washable, SW Duration Matte is a pretty good substitute. It's not quite as "flat" as flat, but it's pretty close.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2009 at 9:07AM
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No washable paint is truly a dead flat. If the paint film has any real washability, then it has some may be a slight sheen, but it's there.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2009 at 7:27PM
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