Your Guide To Picking A Paint Sheen

Finally you are ready to start that house painting project. All parties involved have managed to choose a paint colour. But before you tackle the project, it’s important that you select the correct sheen for the job. Because the sheen of the paint makes a huge difference, it helps to understand the qualities that each one has to offer.

Paints without a shine or sheen are referred to as flat or matte finishes. They diffuse the light reflecting off the paint so the light bounces off the paint in many different directions, with little or no shine. A semi-gloss or glossy sheen reflects light more directly, just as a mirror reflects light, which creates varying degrees of shine off the surface.

Here is a cheatsheet to picking the right paint sheen for your next project:

Flat or Matte paint such as has a smooth, subtle finish. Because it doesn’t reflect light directly, it is ideal for keeping imperfections less noticeable. Flat or matte finishes are easy to touch up but difficult to clean without taking paint off along with the grime. Selecting a premium quality flat paint improves washability. With medium-low durability, matte acrylic paint is best for low-traffic areas. 

Eggshell is so named because the low-sheen finish is similar in appearance to the surface of an egg. It covers wall imperfections well, offering a medium durability. Eggshell has a washable finish that can be easily touched up.

Satin is often described as velvety, and provides an elegant finish which is extremely versatile. Being easy to clean, it is excellent for high-traffic areas. Its biggest drawback is it reveals application flaws, making touch-ups problematic.

Semi-Gloss is suitable for rooms where moisture, drips, and grease stains are a challenge because it is more resistant to humidity and withstands stains, chipping, and scuffing. It’s also ideal for trim work that takes a lot of abuse. Durable and easy to clean, it’s the most scrubbable sheen for walls. However, semi-gloss is more difficult to touch up.

High Gloss paint is hard, ultra-shiny, and light-reflecting. It offers very high durability making it

ideal for surfaces that require frequent washing – cabinets, trim, and doors. High gloss highlights every bump and brushstroke, so don’t skimp on prep work.

For the best quality luxury house paint, contact Warrior Paints today.

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