Ever Wonder what the difference is when your painter or paint store is asking you what finish would you like on your walls? Here are a few guidelines/suggestions for choosing your paint finishes.
FLAT, SATIN, EGGSHELL, SATIN, SEMI-GLOSS, GLOSS
Flat Paint Finish is a good concealer. Flat/matte paint is best used on surfaces requiring less frequent washing. The FLAT finish paint conceals most flaws and makes the Flat finish a better choice for older walls. FLAT/MATTE finish is ideal for dining, living, bedrooms and closets.
Satin and Eggshell Paint Finish is best for busy most used areas because of it’s easy maintenance. A simple wiping up of most fingerprints or dirt with just a damp cloth does it for this paint finish.
Semi-Gloss Paints are durable as well as washable. With a slight visible shine it is ideal for trim, baseboards, woodwork or cabinetry. Satin paint finish is very easy to keep clean again with just a damp cloth and can also handle soap if required. The semi-gloss paint finish is recommended for high moisture areas because of the easy cleanup, just make sure to ask for a mildew resistant formula for these high moisture areas.
Gloss Paint Finish gives you the highest level of shine and durability. For the trim, baseboards, doors or other architectural elements, you’d like highlighted this would be the finish choice. Gloss paint is very durable and can take on more dirt and elbow grease to remove the dirt afterwards. It is the strongest finish but also the shiniest.