How to Make Enamel Paint Dull

Enamel paint is known for drying to a high-gloss finish.

Dull your enamel paint by mixing in some enamel undercoat.Dull your enamel paint by mixing in some enamel undercoat.
Because it is durable and goes on smoothly, it is ideal for certain types of surfaces where latex paint just won't work. Unfortunately, if you want to use enamel paint but you don't want the high-sheen gloss finish, you won't see many options at the paint store. However, you can make your enamel paint look dull if you know the proper technique.

Pour two gallons of the enamel paint into a five-gallon bucket.

Add one gallon of white enamel undercoat.

Stir the contents of the five-gallon bucket for 10 minutes with a wooden stir stick.

Continue adding enamel paint until you reach the desired color.

Things You Will Need

  • 5-gallon bucket
  • White enamel undercoat
  • Enamel paint
  • Wooden stir stick

Tip

  • Because enamel undercoats only come in gray or white, you may need to experiment with colors and measurements until you reach the exact desired color.

About the Author

Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing professionally since 1999. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Lawrence writes for High Class Blogs and Yodle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma.