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Faux Finish Over Flat Latex

I used a wall coating with insulation in it. The coating is flat latex. I had it tinted as the company said but it has turned out too dark. The company said I can paint over it with another flat paint but I am tired of all this painting. Can I do a faux or color wash on this flat paint? I have looked everywhere for help. I need help with this please. Thanks a lot. I love this website, I look on it a lot.

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Connie from Arkansas

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By painterlee (Guest Post)
October 3, 20080 found this helpful

Yes, you can do a faux finish over flat latex! I used to be a faux painter and I would regularly work on flat paint. In fact I preferred it. Just get some glaze, either already colored or get a can of clear glaze and add it to any latex/acrylic paint you want. I would usually have the clear glaze and mix 1 part paint to 3 parts glaze. That will thin out the paint enough for you to do more than one coat if you want. You can use a damp rag or a large brush to apply your mixture.

Just make sure you start in the middle of an area and work outwards. So the paint/glaze gets thinner towards the edges. Then where your edges meet, there won't be a dark overlap. The same thing when you get to corners. Hope that helps. You'll do fine. Happy painting! -Lee in Florida

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By denise w (Guest Post)
October 3, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with Lee but with one exception; you said you are tired of painting. I would not suggest trying one of these techniques, right now wait a while and retackle the problem say in spring. I am also a painter faux tech and what seems like a small or easier job, if you have never done it before, can start causing lots of problems, when we want it done quick.

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We don't want it to look bad. So my advise is live with the color say through the holidays and tackle it with a more refreshed mood when you don't mind putting the time in. d

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By marcia (Guest Post)
October 4, 20080 found this helpful

I am curious as to what the wall coating with insulation is? Living in New England, and with winter approaching, I am trying to maximize my apartment with anything that will save on heating costs.

Thanks for any input

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By connie (Guest Post)
October 7, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks for all the feedback. I love this site. To Marcia from New England; here is there web site for the coating.www.hytechsales.com . They are a bbb member and energy star member. and also one of nasa's technology products. They have insulation stuff, sound deadening acoustical coat.

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We have not moved in yet, but in a few days, we will. There is already a big change in the echos.

To Lee and others; thank you but I think I will wait until after the holidays. Thanks a lot for the feed back.

Connie, I hope I responded in the correct way and every one got this feedback. Thanks a lot!

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