Adding a gloss to a low luster paint.


I have painted an exterior door with exterior low luster latex paint. It is showing scuff marks. Can I add anything to make the paint more glossy or durable before I continue painting other doors?

2 Responses

  1. Following the advice that glossy surfaces tend to show scuffs more than low lusters I would recommend maybe a kick plate for the lower portion of your door. Other than that, you will need to switch to an alkyd type finish for added durability.

  2. To improve the glossiness and durability of the exterior low luster latex paint on your door, you have a few options. One option is to apply a clear coat of water-based polyurethane over the painted surface. This will enhance the glossiness of the paint and provide an additional layer of protection against scuff marks and other wear and tear. Make sure to choose a water-based polyurethane that is specifically designed for exterior use to ensure maximum durability.

    Another option is to apply a protective wax coating over the painted surface. This will not only increase the shine of the paint but also add an extra level of protection. Be sure to select a wax that is suitable for exterior applications and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper application. Note; Not a good option for repainting later, you will need to remove the wax before repainting.

    Additionally, you can consider repainting with a glossy paint, satin or semi-gloss. Check the sheen before applying.

    Before proceeding with any of these options, it is important to thoroughly clean and prepare the painted surface to ensure proper adhesion of the new coating. Lightly sanding the surface and wiping it down with a damp cloth will help to remove any dirt, grime, or debris that could affect the performance of the new coating.

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