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MOST COMMON PAINT FINISHES

Showing the difference between two paint finishes.

Same paint color, two different finishes, and two different textures.

When deciding on having your home painted, or re-painted, it is often very difficult to decide which paint finishes are the best for each area. Below you will find a quick guide for the most common paint finishes used during the painting process.

Flat – Traditionally used for walls and ceilings, flat paint has a no sheen nor shine. Flat finish is a latex based, versatile finish. It can also be used as an exterior paint for siding or other preferred areas. Although it is not as tough as other finishes, a flat finish will create a great look to many surfaces. A flat finish will help hide uneven textures, patches, and even joints along walls or ceilings. It is recommended to touch up a flat finish every 5 -10 years, depending on wear, to keep the finish looking as good as new.

Most common areas for a Flat finish:

- Bedrooms
- Hallways
- Dining Room
- Ceilings
- Walls
- Accent walls
- Low-traffic areas

Gloss/Semigloss – Gloss is most commonly used on metal and wooden surfaces. Gloss paint finishes are the most durable of finishes and can withstand much more wear and tear than other paint finishes. A gloss finish can be applied to interior and exterior wood and metal surfaces. Although it is the toughest of all finishes, it does not do well when trying to hide imperfections. Light reflects of the finished surface, causing any textural flaw, patch or seam to be highlighted. A gloss or semigloss finish will last much longer than flat paint, comparatively.

Most common areas for a Gloss or Semigloss finish:

- Kitchens
- Bathrooms
- Baseboards
- Gutters
- Metal Gates
- Doors
- Fascia
- Eaves
- Trim

Eggshell – Considered to be the best compromise between a flat and gloss finish, an eggshell finish delivers a low sheen at certain angles as well as a matte finish from straight on. Eggshell finishes are not as durable as a gloss or semigloss finish, but will last longer than a flat finish. It is recommended to touch up an eggshell finish every 7-12 years, depending on wear and tear. An eggshell finish will show some slight blemishes compared to a flat finish.

Most common areas for an Eggshell finish:

- Family Room
- Bedrooms
- Kitchens
- Bathrooms
- Accents
- Trim
- Doors
- Soffit
- Fascia
- Eaves
- Gutters
- Metal Gates

If you are thinking of having some paint work done, give Paint Boy a call at (877) 410-3405 to schedule a free estimate today!