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Published on December 9th, 2012 | by Grant Barnard

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Painting Over Gloss or Semigloss Paint

Gloss paint

Painting over gloss or semi gloss paint is a very easy thing to do with the correct information. Although if not done correctly it will peel away and fail in no time.

How To Tell Paint is Waterborne or Oil

  • Ask neighbors that have been there a long time
  • Look in the basement/garage for an old leftover can of that color
  • If it is peeling… the flakes will be hard(oil) or soft and playable(water)
  • If its oil the back side of the flake will be very slick and will hold form easily

Do I Need a Primer To Paint Over The Gloss

Easy Steps to Painting Over Gloss or Semigloss If Its Oil

  1. Sand down most of the sheen with 120 grit sandpaper
  2. Prime with ‘top of the line’ waterborne primer or an alkyd primer – try the Seal Grip® line
  3. Paint with a high quality topcoat

Easy Steps to Painting Over Waterborne Gloss or Semi Gloss

  1. Sand down most of the sheen with 120 grit sandpaper
  2. Paint with  a high quality topcoat

If your choosing a primer please read our Types Of Primers article here.

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About the Author

Grant Barnard started painting in 2000 and started Grants Painting in 2008. Originally doing business in northern Indiana, the business was moved to Indianapolis and Greenwood shortly after. Today the Grants Painting has blossomed into a reputable painting contracting company with an ever growing extensive website including our How To DIY Articles. Grants Painting covers all aspects of coatings and specialized in epoxy flooring, interior painting, exterior painting and cabinet painting.



  • Peggy Feher

    Grant, Here’s my dilemma. My dad (who was a professional sign painter) had made some decorative shelves in a dark green, high gloss finish. I’m not sure what he used, but I’m guessing it was an oil-based paint….but I don’t know for sure. I want to repaint these a lighter, earth tone color and am not sure what type of primer to use. Again, I’m not certain if it was oil-based or water-based paint.

  • Peggy
    The safe way is to use an oil primer, let it dry for 24-48 hours. Then use a top quality water based paint.

    OR
    Sand a small area to a dull finish and apply a top quality paint like Advantage 900. Let it dry at least 24 hours and test the adhesion and durability. If its acceptable then you’ll be on your way much faster. Sanding every single inch is important!!! Sanding sponges will work for your rounded edges.

    Good Luck. Let us know if you have any more questions. Its oil, almost for sure.

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