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Gloss/Flat finish

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I noticed a thing the other day by accident which could be used purposefully.
I was spray painting flat-black paint on fixtures at the end of the day and the next morning whole sections of parts were gloss black instead of flat.
It dawned on me that there were two cans of flat black close to one another and that maybe I grabbed the wrong one at some point, so I experimented a bit and, sure enough, an unshaken can of flat-black comes out as gloss.

It surprises me that this is not marketed as a selling feature allowing the consumer to choose either finish from the same can of spray paint.

No added hormones or steroids... https://www.youtube...watch?v=lT_POsrIIBs
...just like everybody else. [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jul 09 2021]


       hmmm... I wonder if graffiti artists already know this?   

       I would assume that, to remove the natural "glossiness" of paint, some form of powder is mixed in? (I don't have a lot of experience with painting...)
I do know that there are "grip" paints, with larger grit to explicitly roughen up the finish.
neutrinos_shadow, Jul 09 2021

       //if you don’t agitate// That's my secret - I ALWAYS agitate.   

       Cool observation though. Does the second half of the unshaken can come out extra flat?
AusCan531, Jul 09 2021

       [a1]; I suspect it's the old "simultaneous post" conundrum. [2 fries shy of a happy meal]'s own comment was the only one there when I posted.
neutrinos_shadow, Jul 09 2021

       //probably not marketed that way because it would be hard to guarantee a desired result.//   

       True, but a couple of shakes, just enough to get the inner ball moving slightly dulls the gloss finish. A few more shakes dulls it a bit more.
As an artist, to be able to add shading of individual colours without needing more cans would be a total boon.

       The cool thing is that all flat paints should have this same effect, no matter the brand, yet only the first company to think of advertising this will capitalize on it in much the same way that A&W flaunted how their beef is raised without added hormones or steroids when that is in fact the law in Canada so 'every' burger place uses beef with no added hormones or steroids but they planted the seed that their burgers were somehow superior... and it worked. People just assumed that other restaurants used hormone and steroid filled beef and A&W cleaned up because folks ate it up with a spork. [link] It's causing a bit of a stink actually.   

       This is just a missed marketing gimmick in my opinion.
Whichever paint company touts it first will make a majority of people think that they have a special formula or something and, for a limited time, charge more for their magic hue-changing paint.

       ...and if they could just kick me back a penny on every can sold that'd be great.   

       Well then, that's just my two cents worth...   

       can you unshake the can?
po, Jul 10 2021

       I think what you call flat, I'd call matt, i.e. non-shiny.   

       Is that correct, and if so is that the standard terminology in Canada?
Loris, Jul 10 2021

       //can you unshake the can?//   

       If you let it sit still long enough, sure.   

       //what you call flat, I'd call matte//   

       Yep, just depends on the company producing the paint. Some call the finish Satin.   

       I thought satin was a sort of intermediate.
Loris, Jul 10 2021

       hmmm, maybe.   


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