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    Default Mixing brands of paint

    Can different brands of latex paint be mixed together? I have some cans of leftover paint that I would like to mix and use on the inside walls of my garage. I am not particular about the color.

    Thanks.

    Mel

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    Default Re: Mixing brands of paint

    Yes, as long as it's all latex you will be fine. It would also be best to make sure they're all the same sheen or else you'll have a real pain to get a color match when you run a quart short of finishing the job. Garage or not, you don't want splotchy walls.
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    Default Re: Mixing brands of paint

    The sheens are compatible too. The end result sheen will depend on which was used in the greater amount. It you mix the batch up thoroughly, it will not be blotchy.

    In the early days of latex paints, some actually had natural latex resins in them. When intermixed, you would often end up with cottage cheese Fortunately,to my knowledge, true latexes havenīt been on the market for 50 years. I havenīt had such a compatibility problem in years!

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    Default Re: Mixing brands of paint

    Quote Originally Posted by ordjen View Post
    The sheens are compatible too. The end result sheen will depend on which was used in the greater amount. It you mix the batch up thoroughly, it will not be blotchy.
    Actually, I meant that when you go to the store to get that extra quart that you were short, a mix-mash of sheens will make it nearly impossible to duplicate, leaving a blotch of the new paint over the remnants paint.

    This happened when I painted my garage, I was short just ever so much. I opted to buy two gallons and recoat the entire garage, rather than have a weird wall or blotch between the new/old paints.

    Other than that, mix whatever sheens together that you like, it makey no difference!
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    Default Re: Mixing brands of paint

    I used to do it when I was a poor landlord, but I never liked the idea.

    How much are you going to get out of your leftovers? a couple of gallons? Not worth the effort.

    Just think about what the two gentlemen wrote above.

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    Default Re: Mixing brands of paint

    Just another point to add: in my city, you can't dispose old paint in the trash - you have to take it to a special collection center. Check with your city hall.

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