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Different Sheen of Paint

What is the difference in sheen/shine of paint?

Well there is a lot of differences to what sheen you pick and its all based off your preference and what you need painted.  The most common sheen is flat, egg-shell, satin, and semi-gloss. I put them in order of no shine to a high shine. The higher the shine does make it a bit harder to use from a painters point. So let me give you a few more detail on each.


Flat is the most used for rental property because it is cheaper and is the best for touching up marks on walls. It is also very easy to use and spreads nicely. It also prevents a thing called flashing or picture framing. Which is when you roll out a wall and see your brush marks from cutting in around the walls. Flat paint also does the best at covering old paint. However, it scuffs easily and fades a bit quicker than other sheen. This is best for ceilings.


Egg-shell is all around the most useful. It has a bit more of a shine which helps to clean and does not fade as easy as flat paint. It is easy to apply and gives a good finish look. It is a bit harder to touch up but sometime you can. Its does not scuff as easily. This is the best for common rooms, high foot traffic, animals, and kid rooms.


Satin is quite good at holding up to moisture areas and has a low fade percentage. It is bit harder to spread out and to keep it from flashing. It is mostly used in kitchens, bathrooms, and trim. Very easy to clean and looks good when applied right. 


Semi-Gloss is when it almost looks like a mirror. It is for those thing that might need a bit more protection from water or scuffs It can be for things to pop out more. Semi-Gloss is often used on floors, bathrooms, trim, or individual areas. Water basically runs off this but it is the hardest to apply and make it turn out good. 

So if you are not sure why some rooms in your house look shining and others don’t well now you do. If you are still not sure on what to use please give us a call we will be happy to help. 

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