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5 types of paint finishes

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When it’s time to purchase paint, colour isn’t the only thing to consider. Choosing the right interior paint finish will determine the final look of your room. Finish refers to the amount of sheen the dry paint has and that range goes from zero sheen flat finish to super shiny high-gloss finish. With the various types of paint finishes to choose from, it’s important to understand which finish works best for each paint project.

1. Flat/matte

Absorbs light and has the least amount of sheen. Dries quickly and is commonly used on ceilings. Hides surface blemishes, uneven textures or any other imperfections. Of all the paint types, flat is the least durable and is difficult to wash. If using on walls, it’s best to use in low-traffic areas with the least exposure to people.

2. Eggshell

One of the more popular and versatile finishes. Has an elegant low sheen and smooth finish like an eggshell. Use in low to mid-traffic areas like hallways, living rooms, entryways and family rooms. More washable than flat or matte finishes, and resists stains and scuffs.

3. Satin

Has a soft, almost pearl-like sheen. Ideal for busy, high traffic areas and also works well in high moisture areas like kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Very durable and stands up exceptionally well to scrubbing and regular cleaning. Will show some imperfections on wall surfaces. Can be used on trim.

4. Semi-gloss

More reflective and shiny than satin finish and has a smooth appearance. Very durable but will show most surface blemishes. High resistance to moisture and works well in high humidity areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Easy to clean and is ideal for interior doors, cabinets, moulding and trim.

5. High-gloss

Offers the highest level of reflection. Gives a glass-like finish and is often used on exterior doors. Surface is very hard, can be easily scrubbed and is resistant to abrasions. High gloss will show every underlying surface imperfection.

Find the perfect high-quality paint finish for your project at your local TIMBER MART. Our in-store experts are here to help you make the right decision.

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