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Different sheen after using joint compound

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02-23-13, 06:37 PM   #1  
Different sheen after using joint compound

Whenever I fix a hole in drywall, sand smooth and paint, the sheen on the repaired area is much more smooth than the rest of the wall. I there a trick to matching the wall sheen/texture? This is on a smooth/semi-smooth wall. Thanks.

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02-24-13, 03:57 AM   #2  
The difference in texture is why those areas appear to be shinier. Even slick finish walls get a roller stipple type texture after multiple coats of paint have been rolled on. Thin down some joint compound and pat it over the repair area with a sponge or buy a can of orange peel texture and spray it over the repairs. It may take some experimenting to get it right. The thinner the j/c, the lighter the texture.

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02-24-13, 08:25 PM   #3  
I do acres of patching. I don't paint. I tell customers to prime the patches, paint the patches a couple of times then paint the whole wall or ceiling. If the patch is small and the wall and ceiling very large maybe they can get by painting the patch a couple times and blending the last coat onto the existing. I seldom see the finished work. I have had no complaints.

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02-25-13, 05:37 AM   #4  
It take practice to match texture but it's not rocket science. Do you know what kind of texture you have on the walls? Also, while I admit I run paranoid, I always prime joint compound before painting to limit sheen differences in the paint because the wall absorbed it at different rates.

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