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Making Flat Paint Shiny

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To top coat, or repaint?


Q: Can I varnish over the hard-to-find-color of flat paint in the kitchen to make the walls shiny and more cleanable?

— Cat, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Steve Thomas replies : Well, you could apply a urethane — either oil or acrylic — but check with your paint store about compatibility over the existing paint.
But why not get the color matched, and repaint the cabinets with an eggshell or satin enamel? Most paint stores have sophisticated color matching systems that can figure out the formula for just about any sample you bring in.


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