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Always prime first and make sure to key (sand) all surfaces, whether you are priming or not that is VERY important.

The rule is: You cannot use water base paints over oil base paint. You may if you prime first. If your matte and your gloss are both water based, you may use the matte. When in doubt, please prime first.

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Being in the painting business for nearly 10 years, the key factor to painting waterbase paint (in any sheen) over oil base paint is to sand, sand, and sand again. A regular primer will not add any adhesion to the surface - you need a high adhesion primer that is either oil or shellac base first, or a waterbase that is made specifically to grip to oil. Of course, I would skip this step entirely simply by sanding thoroughly - and using a waterbase topcoat that is good quality. Ideally you should use a paint that is made to stick to oil, such as General Paint's HP2000 or Dulux Diamond. But priming with a regular waterbase primer will not help to solve this problem and will be a waste of your time and money.

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To the best of my understanding, matte paint and flat paint are the same thing. They both have a dull, non-shiny surface when dry. There should be no reason you can't paint over it if they are of the same type of paint, i.e., both are latex based or both are oil based.

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Sure, as long as the matte surface is sanded off.

Why would you sand the matte surface? That makes zero sense. First of all, the paint is matte. You sand it it is still matte. If you wet sanded it super fine before you cleared it, you'd basically be turning the matte finish into a regular gloss finish (though probably not as good).

You can, indeed, use a gloss clear coat over a matte/flat finish. I've done it. It looks cool, IMO. I've seen several cars with regular gloss paint and matte clear. It looks cool. But the top coat is matte (rough) and can be difficult to clean.

I painted a custom truck. Used the factor red color, only in matte finish. Added some matte black accents and stripes. Without any further prep (did no sanding on the matte finish prior to clear), I then shot gloss clear over the matte finish.

The end result is a gloss finish, but has a very different look to it. The top coat is smooth (glossy), can easily cleaned, washed, and waxed. The paint is "shinny" but the matte paint under it makes the reflections blurry.

I've had a lot of people check out the paint and compliment me on it.

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Yes, but you should buy a paint cleaner that will prep the surface so that the new paint

adheres to the old paint the best it can.

Satin or gloss has a very smooth surface and does not allow dirt to stick to it, this is why it is used on wall so it can be cleaned. But this will also not allow new paint to stick to it as good as it should, that is why you should use a paint cleaner that preps the wall for new paint.

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You can paint matte paint over semi-gloss paint as long as they are the same base, i.e. oil over oil, latex over latex, or oil over latex and the surface is clean and dulled either by sanding or chemical deglossing.

If the semi-gloss is oil and you are painting latex matte, then use an oil based primer as a bridge first.

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No, you cannot change the nature of a paint, but you can repaint over a matte paint with a gloss paint.

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Yes. Use an acrylic primer if the matte is oil and the gloss is latex though.

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If they are the same base .

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Yes, if it's the same base.

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