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Expert's Corner — Pouring off some gloss

TIP: Controlling Sheen: Making Semi-Gloss or Dead Flat

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TIP: Controlling Sheen: Making Semi-Gloss or Dead Flat

You aren’t limited to the sheens of finishes available from most suppliers and stores—usually just gloss and satin, sometimes semi-gloss. You can make any sheen you want from just one can of satin finish. First, let the flatting agent (the stuff you have to stir into suspension before use) settle to the bottom of the can. The easy way to do this is to tell the store clerk not to shake the can. Otherwise, let the can sit undisturbed on a shelf for a week or two. Then pour off some of the gloss finish at the top of the...

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