I would like some suggestions on breaking our sheen down. I am currently purchasing satin pre-cat lacquer which I believe to be about a 20% sheen. I get requests sometimes to have a duller rubbed look. I do not want to have to hurt production by rubbing compounds to dull the surface and I would like to avoid stockpiling products I only use once in a while.
From contributor R:
I suggest you contact your coatings supplier and ask them to add some more flattening agent to the coating you are currently using. Another possibility is to just dump some "flat" coating into the "satin" coating that you presently use. I would have the coatings company do this for you right at the factory - this way you are sure of a consistent sheen throughout your various projects. All that said, a 20 sheen is rather dull. Be careful not to go too far, since you might end up with a crackle finish.