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Mythic semi gloss review

Listed under Blog, Eco, Mythic paint, paint Posted Jul 06 2011

Mythic offer eggshell, semi gloss or gloss for interior trim or eggshell or semi gloss for exterior trim. This is a Mythic semi gloss review.

I reviewed the Mythic latex primer, here, and have slightly amended it based on recent usage. However, I still say it is an outstanding primer. Over bare MDF it goes on easily, covers brilliantly and sands like oil based Zinsser Coverstain to leave a glassy surface for top coats. The primer stops stains from knots, and there is no discernible odour. Once primed, what is the top coat like?

Mythic semi gloss

I am yet to use the Mythic gloss, but I recently did a redecoration job for an old client and took the opportunity to use the Mythic semi gloss trim enamel (Bright white) on previously painted timber frames, panel doors and a metal radiator.

On this occasion, I sanded down the old oil-based gloss on the trim and doors, vacuumed clean, and applied an oil-based primer-undercoat. After fine surface filling and sanding, I brushed on Mythic semi gloss trim enamel with a * Wooster Alpha – 2 coats in a day, a light rub between coats. No complaints there.

On the radiator, which was about 2 metres long I sanded down the horrible old gloss paint, cleaned off and applied 2 coats of the semi gloss enamel. Wow. No problem with the wet edge, coverage was top class.

I didn’t add any conditioner or thin the paint in any way, and the finish didn’t seem tell-tale water-based stringy. When I left with everything dried off, the sheen was already pretty sheeny shiny. Latex paint takes up to 7 days to cure and achieve full sheen, and judging by the feedback with the cheque, by now the semi gloss must be light fabtastic!

And this semi gloss sheen was perfectly acceptable to a traditional homeowner where everything normally got oil gloss as standard – pre 2010 at least. The Mythic bright white will not yellow, that is for sure.

Oil in the mix

Oil paint has body, water based paints tend not to have body.

Everywhere you look, decorators focus on the best water based topcoats, but if you look at it from the best primer and basecoat angle – the topcoats should take care of themeslves, by and large.

I rate the Mythic primer as it sands down so nicely, but I still think an oil base primer such as Zinsser Coverstain is still a top performing oil basecoat because it has body, more body in comparison to water-based primers. And it still dries ready for over painting in 2 hours, if the job permits. Water-based primer undercoats are improving all the time, but not there yet, as far as I am aware.

Filling with oil based Toupret Gras a lacquer (Swedish putty) would also give a hard surface to maximise the sheen.

Alternatively, for an all-water-based approach where you are looking for something special, and no fumes, a layer or two of acrylic gesso as a basecoat, would achieve a similar end result too.

I am being very picky here, because even to an oil paint specialist, a hand painted kitchen in Mythic 2 coats of Mythic primer on bare wood plus two top coats, produced very pleasing results indeed. But you have to keep pushing!

If clients aren’t too eco fanatic but want to do their bit for the environment without completely compromising the end result, I would propose using an oil base primer for new work, or an oil-based primer undercoat if redecorating. This way you can get the best out of the water based finish and still reduce the VOC on a job by a substantial amount.

Mythic paint is no odour

The one thread throughout using Mythic products, is that homeowners cannot smell the paint. In fact, somebody commented on “that awful smell” and it was Toupret filler being sanded!

What, no useful photos

Apologies, but my camera can’t really distinguish any difference between a semi gloss or a gloss finish. As you can see, it’s just nice and white.

If you are looking for more feedback on Mythic paints, look here or browse through our forum for water-based paint. If you have a question, you are welcome to sign up for free and ask.



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