Can You Paint Silk Over Silk Paint?

Today on “Making my home beautiful” we’ve got a quick little article for you. The question of the day is whether or not you can paint silk over silk paint? Luckily, this is a quick and easy answer with only a few caveats, so there won’t be too much reading needed today. Silk paint is awesome when finished properly, providing a glossy sheen to the surface that can’t really be rivalled by any other type of paint.

Can you paint silk over silk? Yes! It’s actually rather easy, so keep reading to learn the important bits.

The short answer is yes, the long answer is that it’ll need a slight bit of preparation first. Let’s get right into it, shall we?

Painting Silk over Silk

The long and the short of the answer here is that everything relies on the type of paint you’re using. If it’s water-based paint that is going over another water-based paint, you’re in the clear. But mixing water and oil-based paints is never a good idea. This can result in separation and cracking which, to put it lightly, is not cool.

If you read our earlier article about mixing matt and silk paints, you already know that there is a good amount of information to know about mixing paints and types, but it’s good to reiterate in case you didn’t know that.

To paint silk over silk, there’s not much to know beyond the following tips:

  • Treat it like any other paint job – sand, prime, then paint.
  • Tape off areas you don’t want painted and lay down newspaper or plastic sheeting to prevent rogue drips.
  • Use fine-grit sandpaper, not coarse sandpaper. You’re trying to give the new paint something to stick to, not remove your previous coat entirely.
  • Give a thin, thorough layer of primer to your painting surface to ensure a good seal.
  • Paint in multiple thin layers, allowing each to dry before continuing. A few, thick layers will end up looking worse and could even trap wet paint in between layers.

Final Thoughts

And there it is, short and sweet, just as promised. Painting silk over silk is an easy and generally painless process. Just treat it like any other paint job, and it’ll turn out great. Sand your painting surface with fine-grit sandpaper, prime it with a thin layer of primer, and then paint in thin layers. This will result in that signature glossy look of silk paint and allow it to last for a long time.

And remember to never mix types of paint. If you have oil-based paint applied to the wall already, use oil-based paint as the second layer. Putting a water-based paint onto an oil base will cause separation and cracking, among other things. Using the proper paint and process will result in the best possible coat of paint and prevent you from having to redo it any time soon. Nobody wants their wall looking like a dried-up riverbed, so don’t make the same mistakes we’ve made in the past – paint smarter, not harder.

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About the Author Harry Thompson

Involved in home renovations throughout his life, Harry is an expert in everything to do with home and garden DIY. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and tending to his garden.