Tone down sheen-applying second coat


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Old 12-18-12, 10:16 AM
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Tone down sheen-applying second coat

Bathroom: new moisture resist drywall (blue). Used a primer/sealer then painted bathroom ceiling with a semi-gloss sheen. Slightly too much sheen for my taste and thought I would tone it down abit by applying a second coat with a satin sheen. Person in paint department advised me to stay with the semi sheen because it has better moiture resistance? Secondly, told that since I painted the ceiling 2 days ago, and with the high humidity in the winter months, it is best to wait a min. of 30 days before applying a second coat? Comments, and/or suggestions appreciated!

So far I have painted kitchen and bathroom and now realize paint selection is more complicated than I expected. I took on the project as a learning experience and still waiting for there to be some improvement in the learning curve? Lesson learned, purchase from store that only deal in paint!!
 
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Old 12-18-12, 01:33 PM
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If the semi-gloss has more moisture resistance than satin/eggshell - it's miniscule!

How many coats of paint [including primer] have you applied to the ceiling? If it was just 1 coat primer and 1 coat enamel, it should be ok to apply a coat of satin enamel over the semi-gloss. I would agree that there could be a concern if you have 3 or more coats on the ceiling or the bath rm is constantly humid. I assume you have/use an exhaust fan to remove the excess humidity after a steamy shower.
 
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Old 12-18-12, 04:47 PM
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Yes I do have an exhaust fan. Unfortuately applied a second coat of the semi gloss on the ceiling before I could take a break and read your comments, it was a very thin coat just to get rid of inconsistancy in the paint. This makes a total of 3 coats counting the sealer/primer, hopefully this does not present a problem? I decided I could live with the semi gloss ceiling since I realized changing the sheen would also included redoing the adjoining utility room.

The lower half of the bathroom walls are vinyl wainscott paneling using adhesive to secure them to hardiback board which is screwed into the drywal; the upper half is drywall. I have applied a coat of the primer/sealer to the walls and if understand correctly I could probably get away with a satin finish?

Really appreciate your input, thank you!!
 
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Old 12-19-12, 04:17 AM
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If I understand correctly, you only primed the walls. If so, there is no reason not to apply latex satin enamel. It should be ok to repaint the ceiling in a week or so if you still want satin on it. While latex paints dry fast, it takes them about a week or so to fully cure. Too many coats of paint in a short time frame prevents the paint from curing all the way thru = a dried/hard finish that is soft just below the surface. 1 coat primer and 2 coats finish is usually the max amount that should be applied in a 48 hr time period.
 
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Old 12-19-12, 08:07 AM
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Personally, I would not paint the walls with sating unless you're going to do so on the ceiling as well - I think the lower sheen on the walls and higher sheen on the ceiling would look funny.

I have satin on all walls and ceiling in my bathroom and like the look.
 
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Old 12-19-12, 08:50 AM
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Can't thank yu'll enough for the input, I am going to get this dang project done by tomorrow one way or tother. With a coat of primer/sealer on the walls, intend applying a satin finish. This will complete the bathroom and I can move on to the last and final room in this never ending remodel. In the next few weeks, when it comes time to paint the other room, I don't believe it would be a major task to go back and apply a coat of satin paint to the bathroom ceiling. Considering texturing the walls in the final room, certainly can cover up the flaws. Again, thanks to all for the help!!.
 
 

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