mixing brands and gloss levels: don't do it! here's why.

lazy_gardensAugust 10, 2014

I did, mixing together some Glidden flat and some Valspar semi-gloss to make enough paint to cover a floor.

... and the floor has never cured. Even a month later it is slightly sticky.

Fortunately I'm covering it all with oak, but if it were my final finish I'd be in trouble.

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I bought a gallon of returned/on sale Valspar to paint some garage cabs. The stuff won't dry. It's been at least 6 months.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 8:51PM
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I have never had a problem while mixing brands and/or gloss levels as long as both paints were same base. That is to say lacquer and poly certainly should never be mixed. For that matter,one must be carful if mixing lacquers because there is nitrocellulose,urushiol,acrylic and water base lacquers. I have seen problems such as yours where acrlic and alkyd paint were mixed by mistake. We used to refered to the end product of mixing a bunch of left over interior and exterior latex house paint as "FHA SPECIAL" and when several different colors were mixed,that was often referred to as "FHA GRAY".

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 5:59PM
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