Can You Paint Eggshell Over Gloss?

Repainting our homes is a fun and cost-effective way to transform them without breaking the bank. However, the trickiest part of the repainting process is choosing the right type of paint finish. What if you want to switch from one type to another? Can you paint eggshell over gloss?

Eggshell can be applied to a gloss surface, but some steps must be taken first. To create a surface that the eggshell can adhere to, clean the surface, then sand it down to remove the glossy layer. Afterward, a primer should be applied to further bond the eggshell paint to the gloss layer. 

If you want to switch from gloss to eggshell, the truth is that you need to have a plan. Read on to learn more about the process that goes into switching from gloss to eggshell.

Why Painting Eggshell Over Gloss Can Be Challenging

The first challenge of painting over gloss is adhesion. Gloss paint is designed to be durable and resist scratches and marks, making it difficult for eggshell paint to adhere to properly.

If eggshell paint is applied directly over gloss, it may not stick on the surface, leading to peeling or flaking of the paint.

Finally, achieving an even coat is another challenge of painting eggshell over gloss. Due to the difference in texture and sheen between the two paints, eggshell paint may not cover the gloss paint evenly.

This can result in an unsightly and uneven finish. One way to overcome this problem is to apply a coat of primer before painting with eggshell paint.

A high-quality primer designed for use over gloss paint can help create a smooth base to which the eggshell paint can adhere and provide an even finish.

How to Paint Over Gloss With Eggshell Paint

Tools and Materials

  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Drop cloth or plastic
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Paintbrush or roller
  • Cleaning Supplies

Step 1: Preparation

Before painting, preparation is key. To remove dirt, dust, and grime, you must clean the surface properly. This is essential because it helps your eggshell paint adhere better.

Step 2: Remove the Glossy Layer

You will need to take a 220-grit sandpaper and go over the surface to remove the gloss. This process will create dust, so use a vacuum cleaner to clean the area. Afterward, wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove all the dust resulting in a clean surface to paint on.

Can You Paint Over Gloss Without Sanding?

Sanding is essential in ensuring that the eggshell paint adheres to the surface. Skipping this step may result in the paint peeling, flaking, or chipping. Applying primer alone will not be enough. You must sand down the gloss layer first to ensure a smooth and even finish.

Are There Other Tools That I Can Use Instead of Sandpaper?

Yes. There are other tools that you can use to remove the gloss layer. You may use a chemical de-glosser.

A chemical de-glosser is a type of liquid or gel that can remove the glossy finish from most surfaces. It works by breaking down the existing coat of paint and creating a dull, matte surface.

This makes it easier for new coats of paint to stick and helps create a smooth and even finish when painting over gloss.

Chemical de-glossers are ideal for those looking for a quick and easy way to prep walls before repainting them.

They often contain powerful chemicals such as mineral spirits, caustic soda, or trisodium phosphate (TSP) that break down the previous coat of paint without damaging the underlying surface.

Step 3: Repair

Once the surface has been prepared, check the walls for any cracks or holes that must be repaired before painting. If there are any defects in the wall, use a putty knife and spackling compound to fill them in. Allow the compound to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 4: Primer

Even with the best eggshell paint, using a good-quality primer (I recommend Zinsser’s B-I-N Primer Sealer) is crucial. Your primer not only creates a surface for the paint to hold on to but also helps to fill in any imperfections.

Use an appropriate paintbrush or roller for your primer, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Adding primer has the key benefit of helping make your eggshell paint finish fabulous.

Step 5: Paint

It is essential to pick the right eggshell paint for your surface. Choose a paint color that works well with the rest of the room’s decor. Mix your paint well and start at the top of your surface, working your way down.

Use a brush and roller in long, even strokes to apply the paint, and use the correct application patterns to match the previous coatings. It is necessary to keep the paint consistent and not leave puddles or run marks.

Step 6: Drying Time

Once you have painted the area, it is vital to allow the paint to dry for the time specified by the manufacturer. This will prevent the paint from smudging, marring, or scratching and allow you to apply another coat if needed. Remember, high humidity, temperature, and other environmental factors can alter the drying time.

Step 7: Introduce the Second Coat

You can apply another coat of paint if needed without fear of otherwise damaging the paint job. Be careful not to apply the second coat too soon.

Make sure to pay attention to detail and smooth out any uneven areas. When the second coat of paint is applied, allow it to dry for the recommended time.

3 Tips for Achieving a Smooth and Even Finish

1. Use the Right Tools

Along with the right paint, using the right tools is also key to achieving a smooth and even finish. Use a high-quality brush or roller appropriate for the paint, and avoid using cheap or worn-out tools that may leave streaks or marks on the surface. Using a tool that is the right size for the job is also important.

2. Apply Paint Correctly

How you apply the paint is also critical to achieving a smooth and even finish. When using a brush, use smooth, even strokes and brush in the same direction to prevent brush marks or streaks.

You may also want to use a technique called “tipping off,” in which you lightly brush over the painted surface after it has been rolled to smooth out imperfections.

To achieve optimal results while using a roller, ensure you exert consistent pressure and roll in a single direction, while being cautious not to exert excessive pressure or allow the roller to become excessively dry.

3. Apply Thin Layers

Painting in thin layers is a great way to achieve a smooth and even finish. Thick layers of paint can result in brush marks, uneven textures, and drips.

Apply thin layers of paint and let them dry completely before adding another layer. This will allow you to gradually build up the color and texture, resulting in a smooth and even finish.

Joshua Milton

Joshua Milton is a passionate DIY and home improvement enthusiast. With his expertise in various projects, he provides practical tips, step-by-step guides, and creative ideas for transforming your living space.

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