Paint Finishes 101
By: Sabrina Essery, Freelance Writer
If painting is on your Spring cleaning list this year, this quick guide will come in handy when deciding on what type of paint finish will be best for your project.
Not only do different paint finishes have different looks, but they have different uses as well. Here’s the short list of paint finishes and what they can be used for!
HIGH GLOSS paints are the most durable which makes them great for high-traffic areas. As its name implies, high-gloss is light-reflective and very shiny. Here’s what you need to know:
* Extremely durable and easy to clean
* Shows bumps and dents much more easily than other paints
* Best used on doors, window trims, and in kitchens
SEMI-GLOSS paints are great for areas that deal with a lot of moisture. For those who want durability without the blinding shine of high-gloss paint, semi-gloss is a good middle ground. Here’s what you need to know:
* Durable and easy to clean
* Wall imperfections somewhat more visible
* Best used on cabinets & trims and in kitchens & bathrooms
SATIN finishes are best described as velvety or pearl-like. While it doesn’t have the same durability or tolerance for moisture as the gloss finishes, satin finishes are still relatively durable and easy to clean. Here’s what you need to know:
* Attractive lustre
* More likely to show flaws such as roller/brush strokes
* Best used in foyers, hallways, family/recreation rooms, and children’s bedrooms
EGGSHELL finishes are smooth, with only a slight sheen (much like a chicken’s egg). Eggshell finishes won’t reflect light as much as other finishes, making it better for hiding wall imperfections. Here’s what you need to know:
* Soft appearance, hides imperfections
* Only somewhat durable
* Best used in dining rooms and living rooms
FLAT finishes, also known as matte finishes, are exactly as they sound: one-dimensional with no sheen whatsoever. However, this makes it an excellent choice for painting over textured walls or surfaces, such as brick or stucco. Here’s what you need to know:
* Great for hiding imperfections, goes smoothly onto rough surfaces
* Not very durable and difficult to clean
* Best used on ceilings and in low-traffic areas, such as guest/adult bedrooms.
Lastly, remember you always get what you pay for so if you’re not planning on re-painting again anytime soon, it’s worth it to buy a better quality paint. You’ll get a better finish, stronger durability and more longevity.