Using the Right Finish on Interior Painting

One important part of the painting process for Interior Painting is knowing the correct finish to use when painting walls, trim, and ceilings. For walls, it is very important not to use too high of a finish. The lowest finish available in most paint products is a Flat. The next highest is a Matte, or some paint brands refer to it also as Low Sheen. From there, it goes up to an Eggshell, and next highest is often a Semi-Gloss. Different finishes have different purposes , besides just the look. A flat finish will hide the best for any imperfections in the walls ( this has nothing to do with the paint job. It is with the construction or wearing -divots, nail pops, previous drips from other painters, cracks, bad drywall work, bad construction of the walls where you can see all the seams, etc) . A flat is also recommended where you have light reflected walls, or walls that get a lot of direct sunlight, with large areas as such. That is because if you use too high of a sheen, you can get a “flashing” problem, where when you look down the wall, you can see the stops and starts of the rollers or brushes. A Matte or Low Sheen is what we recommend for most walls, as it has a slight sheen which looks nice, but most importantly, it cleans up better than a flat. Sometimes an Eggshell is used for Bathrooms and Kitchens, which are the rooms that would get the most wear/ marks on the walls. However, we feel the products we use ( Benjamin Moore Aura or Ultra Spec, or Sherwin Williams Emerald), have a good Matte or Low Sheen that is sufficient. Again, if you go too high of a sheen, you can have problems. For trim, you should not use regular wall paint in a semi-gloss, which is what some painting companies do. We recommend an enamel is used instead, such as the Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo Waterborne. Finally, on ceilings, the only finish we recommend is Flat, so that you do not see any flashing. Choosing the right painting company that has the years of experience to know about these finishes is important.

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