rpg37 LSU Fan Oxford, MS Member since Sep 2008 17815 posts
Home Improvement Ques.: How to make paint thicker?(Posted by rpg37 on 3/30/12 at 12:52 pm)
I am replacing a dent in the wall. It is all patched up and dried at this point and I went to Lowes and matched up the replacing paint. It is exactly the right color, but it is ridiculously thin and does show up well at all. It is a Duration Home paint brand, Interior Acrylic Latex. Can I make this thicker or do I need a stronger type of paint?
shaqazoolu LSU Fan Baton Rouge Member since Jun 2008 545 posts
re: Home Improvement Ques.: How to make paint thicker?(Posted by shaqazoolu on 3/30/12 at 5:09 pm to purpleleaf)
If you add mud to it you're going to end up with a different texture than the rest of the wall, especially if you use a thicker roller nap (cover).
You really can't effectively thicken or thin paint without compromising at least the quality of it in one way or another. The reasons for which you want to thicken the paint can probably be solved in different ways. For example, thicker paint is not always necessarily going to cover (a different color) better than a thinner paint. If that is your main concern, you need to buy a paint that is engineering for the best possible coverage.
As was already mentioned, touching up is only really possible if you know wth you are doing and you're using paint from the same bucket that was used to originally paint the place. Don't let anyone ever tell you different. If you have to buy a new type of paint to "touch-up" be prepared to paint the entire room/area. You're probably going to try to do the one spot anyway and realize that it's not going to work. So you'll paint the whole wall, and it will look awesome...so awesome that it makes everything else, including the ceiling and trim look terrible, OR since you probably bought better paint than the contractor who built the place did, the sheen is going to be completely different and you'll have to keep going to make everything match.