Reducing High gloss oil enamel finish

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Old 08-22-08, 04:19 PM
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Cool Reducing High gloss oil enamel finish

Last week we repainted kitchen cabts.with high gloss Kelly Moore oil based enamel and find it is TOO glossy. How can we reduce the gloss level? Fine steel wool? Oil-based semi-gloss varnish over new paint?













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Old 08-23-08, 05:49 AM
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It would be best to sand lightly and apply a coat of oil base semi-gloss. You might try steel wool or 300 grit sandpaper [or finer] but I don't know how effective it will be....... if it doesn't give the desired result - you can still repaint
 
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Old 08-24-08, 08:49 PM
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If you use a fine sand paper, you risk burnishing the finish, that is, leaving a streaky and uneven look. Either repaint with an oil satin finish, or apply a satin clear coat. A polyurethane works great but ambers the color, which affects white oil paints the most. A water-based clear coat could be used, but I'd allow the doors to cure at least a month first. Then you could lightly sand the cabinets before applying the clear coats. Some times we use a chemical deglosser, but this typically works best for surface preparation.
 
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Old 08-25-08, 05:50 AM
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Liquid deglossers don't really lessen the sheen. They work by softening the current coating so the new coat of paint will adhere better.

IMO it isn't a good idea to apply any water based coating over an oil base finish. While I have applied poly/varnish over paint, I'm not overly fond of doing so - it complicates touch up - if needed later.
 
 

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