Paint Problem Solver
Poor Sheen Uniformity


Shiny spots or dull spots (also known as “flashing”) on a painted surface; uneven gloss.


  • Applying paint unevenly
  • Failure to prime a porous surface, or a surface with varying degrees of porosity
  • Over-thinning of the paint
  • Poor application resulting in lapping
  • Use of low-quality paint


  • New surfaces should be primed/sealed before applying the topcoat to ensure a uniform surface.
  • Often another coat of paint will even out the sheen irregularities. Make sure to apply paint from “wet to dry” to prevent lapping.
  • Use a high-quality water-based enamel paint.

Please note that these suggestions are provided as a service to you. We are unable to guarantee or be responsible for the results obtained by these procedures. If you have additional questions, ask any of our expert sales associates.