Carter Custom Painting can help you pick the Best Paint Finish for your project.
After choosing the right paint color, choosing the best paint finish for your residential or commercial interior is probably the next toughest decision each homeowner faces. Paints are available in a variety of finishes from flat to high gloss. To choose the right one, you need to look at the properties of each finish. Also use only the highest quality paint.
Flat Paints are non-reflective, so they will tend to conceal imperfections better than other paint finishes. They are particularly effective over drywall, as they do a better job of concealing tape jobs that are not thoroughly sanded or where a very porous joint compound has been used. However, the surface of flat paint is rougher in texture and that can trap dirt. Cleaning is more difficult than with glossier finishes. Therefore, it is best to use flat paints only in areas that rarely get dirty. Some residential areas where flat paint would be recommended are ceilings and bedrooms.
Flat Enamel has the same features as satin but less luster. The finish has an angular sheen that takes on a richer look. Generally flat enamel is used in hallways, children’s bedrooms and living rooms.
Satin finish is also known as “Eggshell” or “Low-Luster”. The sheen is lower than semi-gloss finishes. In general though, Satin and Low-Luster have a slightly higher sheen than Eggshell. All of these finishes impart more warmth and depth to surfaces than do flat paints. The also resist staining better than flat finishes but not as well as gloss and semi-gloss finishes. Possible residential areas for satin finishes are hallways, bathrooms, living rooms, kitchens, cabinets, doors and window trim. They are recommended for bathrooms.
Semi-Gloss paints have a glossy finish that is not as highly reflective as the gloss paints. They offer good stain resistance and are easy to clean. We use this on most of our trim painting projects. Although available in latex and oil based formulations, most experts agree that 100% acrylic latex formulas are the best quality.
Gloss is often called “High Gloss” and has a highly reflective finish. They are the toughest, most durable and most stain-resistant types of paints. They are also easier to clean. However, gloss paints tend to highlight surface imperfections. A good level surface for a gloss finish is a must. Gloss paints are also called enamels. They are available in latex or alkyd based formulations. The latex paints dry more quickly, resist yellowing and have more mildew resistance. Alkyd paints offer greater hardness and abrasion resistance.
Both the semi-gloss paints and gloss paints are recommended in bathrooms, kitchens, cabinets, doors, windows and window trim.
If in doubt to the best finish for a particular area in your home or business, be sure to ask Carter Custom Painting’s estimator when he comes out to quote a price on your home. Usually I will be able to help you choose a finish based on my knowledge, your particular situation, and past experience with the product. Also, be aware that the cost of the paint may vary depending on the particular finish you choose. However, choosing the right finish from the start may save you more in the end.
As always – we hope you enjoy our handy tips!