Can you paint matt over silk? Yes you can — and we tell you how

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Can you paint matt over silk? Well, if you want to update your walls with a matt finish  it isn't quite as simple as slapping matt paint over your existing silk finished walls. You will need to do some prep work as painting straight onto a shiny finish will not give you the professional finish you probably seek.

Those painting a wall might choose a matt emulsion due to it having a low sheen, making it better at hiding imperfections. Meanwhile, silk paint has a slightly shiny finish that reflects light.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.