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Question DetailsAsked on 1/31/2015

any easy effective way to degloss oil painted trim?

Interior trim is painted high gloss oil based paint..16 years old...can I degloss by only using tsp solution?

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That might work with a fair amount of elbow grease.

Other ways - carefully (to avoid cutting through the paint on raised corners) hand sand with 400 grit wetted wet-and-dry silicon carbide (black) sandpaper, with some finishes wiping with paint thinner (have to be gentle and quick to avoid penetration of thinner, which can blister/lift the paint), or overcoating with a satin or low-luster clearcoat like Varathane polyurethane. In old days we would have used a low-luster shellac overcoat, but that pretty much kills any future refinishing without stripping the trim.

There also used to be a flattening polishing compound for wood - don't remember what it was called, but was just an extremely fine polishing silica powder that you rubbed on with a rag or sponge - paint stores might have it. Google this serch phrase for references to it, as well as a bunch of articles on how to degloss finishes - wood finish deglossing compound - or - wood finish flattening compound. Not something that is normally used today except in furniture refinishing, what with all the satin and low-luster and so forth finishes.

In each case you have to try an obscure spot first to be sure it gives the effect you want, and that any overcoat does not lift the underlying finish.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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