Interior Paint Finishes And Usage

by | Oct 4, 2016 | Home Improvement


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Interior paint varies immensely in the color ranges and sheen; sheen being the shine on the surface once the paint has dried. High gloss interior paint reflects a great deal of light and it does it well, however, the high sheen of high gloss paint shows off every little irregularity in the surface. At the other end of the spectrum is flat paint, it has very little, if any sheen and as such irregularities are hidden. Chances are that interior painting in Clarksville TN uses different finishes for different rooms or even surfaces within the same room.

  • Flat paint:

Flat paint is extremely popular; it displays a soft, muted finish and shows no gloss. The matte surface affect is appealing for the majority of homeowners. The down side to flat paint is its lack of durability, it doesn’t wear well and it is quite difficult to clean, especially smudges and hand prints often found around light switches, door frames, etc. Flat paint contains the most pigment; a can of flat paint can cover a larger surface area than other paints. It is very popular for use in areas such as living rooms, dens and bedrooms; although maybe not a kid’s bedroom.

  • Satin finish:

Knowing that a surface painted with flat paint is difficult to maintain and high gloss shows every imperfection, most homeowners opt for a middle of the road finish; satin, often called eggshell. Satin is an ideal all-around material for interior painting in Clarksville TN, it is durable and easy to clean.

There is no one finish which is better than the other, there are however, finishes that are better suited in a particular area than others. When you hire a professional painter you can rely on their advice, they have seen it all and are happy to make recommendations.

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