Choosing Interior Paint Finishes

August 26, 2009 at 10:15 pm Leave a comment

When it comes to interior and exterior painting, selecting the paint finish for your paint IA_int_AURA_Lvrm001_197x117project is an important task. There are a full range of sheens offered by various paint manufacturers, but O’Connor’s Painting Service, Inc. typically uses Sherwin Williams, Duron and Benjamin Moore paint products.

Some of the best advice we give is to tell homeowners to choose flat paints for the ceiling, walls, bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms and family rooms. Washable products (semi-gloss, eggshell, satin or matte flat) should be used in the kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms because they give you the most wash ability. Keep in mind selecting a flat paint, in most cases, is not a washable product. However, flat paint will have no sheen or glare and will not show wall imperfections. Flat paints also can be touched up. For example, damaged walls can be treated by flat paints and they will blend in well. If a paint manufacturer claims their flat paint is washable, do not expect much. If you want a paint that is washable for all rooms than you may want to select matte flat, eggshell, pearl or satin paint. However, any paint that is washable will show more imperfections and will not touch up.

In order to assist you with your interior painting sheen selections, O’Connor’s Painting has put together the following information:

Sherwin Williams Products

O’Connor’s Painting Service uses Sherwin Williams paint products, including Sherwin Williams SuperPaint products. This specific product offers three types of finishes for interior painting: Interior Latex Flat, Interior Latex Satin, and Interior Latex Semi-Gloss.global-tapestry

  • Flat: Is used on primed plaster, wallboard, wood, masonry, and primed metal.
  • Satin: Has a slight gloss, however, this finish has the benefits of a flat finish, but with more clean ability. Satin finish can be used on drywall/plaster, paneling, wood, metal, concrete, masonry, and wall covering. This finish is ideal for “show case” rooms, dining rooms, foyers, family rooms, living rooms, children’s bedrooms, and major color changing projects.
  • Semi-Gloss: This finish displays a shine when looking at the surface. Semi-gloss can be used on wood, metal, drywall, plaster, stucco, concrete and masonry. This type of sheen is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, cabinets, doors, windows, hallways, lobbies, children’s bedrooms, and major color changing projects.
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    Duron Products

    O’Connor’s Painting Service uses Duron paint products, including Duron Ultra Deluxe Interior Paints. This specific product offers four types of finishes for interior painting: Ultra Deluxe Interior Eggshell, Ultra Deluxe Interior Flat, Ultra Deluxe Interior High-Gloss, and Ultra Deluxe Interior Semi-Gloss.

  • Eggshell: The ideal choice when an attractive yet durable, low-luster finish is desired.
  • Flat: This washable, flat finish is suitable for light to moderate traffic areas.
  • High-Gloss: The perfect choice where a scrubbable, high-gloss appearance is desired such as trim, kitchens, bathrooms, playrooms and other high traffic areas.
  • Semi-Gloss: The ideal choice when an attractive yet durable, low-luster finish is desired.
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    Benjamin Moore Products

    O’Connor’s Painting Service uses Benjamin Moore paint products, including Benjamin Moore Premium Interior Paints. The following finishes are offered by this specific paint product: Flat, Matte, Eggshell, Pearl, Semi-Gloss, and High-Gloss.

  • Benjamin Moore Regal Flat Paint: It has some slight washability, but is best suited for ceilings or wall surfaces in areas that are rarely used. This finish touches up Regal Flatwell.
  • Benjamin Moore Regal Matte Paint: It is essentially flat but incorporates new ceramic technology to give the paint scrubability and stain-resistance. This finish is well-suited for bedrooms, hallways, bathrooms, kitchens, playrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. Matte finish touches up well and holds up well to wear and repeated washings.
  • Benjamin Moore Regal Eggshell Paint: It has slightly more shine than the Matte paint. Eggshell allows no shine when looking directly at the surface, but shows a dull angular sheen when looking along the length of the wall. Eggshell is just as durable as Matte and is perfectly suitable for painting walls, trim, and doors.
  • Benjamin Moore Regal Pearl Paint: It is slightly less shiny than the typical semi-gloss paint. It shows a shine when looking directly at the surface. Typically Pearl finish would be used on trim and doors, but can also be used on walls if they are in good condition. Pearl finish is more durable than the Matte or Eggshell.
  • Benjamin Moore Regal Semi-Gloss Paint: It is as shiny as the typical semi-gloss paint. It shows a shine when looking directly at the surface. Semi-gloss finish is the most popular paint in the Regal line to use on trim and doors, but can also be used on walls if they are in good condition. Semi-gloss is more durable than the Matte, Eggshell, or Pearl.
  • Benjamin Moore Impervex High-Gloss Paint: This finish is very shiny. It is typically used for railings or doors and can be used either indoors or outdoors. High-Gloss is the most durable paint.
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