Matt. Gloss. Semi-Gloss. These are only a few types of wall paint finishes that exist. For the expert painter, understanding the differences between these finishes is almost second nature. However, for a beginner understanding what these terms mean and which finish to select for each room ends up being slightly more complicated. To make this process easier, here is a breakdown of the 6 types of interior wall paint and when to use them.
The most common type of interior wall paints, a matt finish means that there is no shine or sheen. This is ideal for walls and ceilings when you don’t want any visual distraction. The pros of matt paint are that it’s easy to apply for beginners and is efficient at covering imperfections. Additionally, it can be applied with a simple brush or roller. The cons is that it’s easily marked and will need to be touched up frequently.
Matt Enamel PaintThink of a matt enamel finish as matt paint’s sturdy, and durable older brother. All of the pros of a matt finish but with solutions to the cons. This finish is easier to clean and requires fewer touch ups. When you’re looking to paint a kitchen, this finish would be the perfect fit.
Unlike the previous two finishes, gloss paint is shiny. Following matt, it’s the second most common type of interior wall paint. However, applying the paint requires more effort. Since it’s shiny paint, it’ll take a longer time to dry. Meaning that you need to plan your project to allow for enough time to let the paint dry between coats. Gloss paint is not great for hiding wall imperfections and getting even coverage will be difficult. If you’re a novice painter, consider what all of this means before purchasing.
Semi- Gloss Paint
As suggested in the name, semi-gloss paint is not as shiny as gloss paint. This type of paint is used on trim rather than walls. Differing from gloss paint, it’s easy to clean and easy to provide coverage. Similar to gloss paint, this type of paint will highlight imperfections. A simple tip is to prime the trouble areas by using flat paint in the same hue of the final coat.
If you’re looking for a finish that has a little bit of shine but won’t highlight imperfections, then eggshell paint is exactly what you’re looking for. Out of the shiny finishes, eggshell is the most suitable. It can be applied in a single coat and easy to apply. This finish also covers more surface area so you’ll get a little bang for your buck.
This finish is a mix between a matt and gloss thus it creates a subtle sheen. Similar to matt enamel paint, it’s perfect for areas that will need to be cleaned regularly. But it’s still a shiny finish so it won’t help to hide imperfections.
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