Project Behr Paint – Decoding Sheen

A common question I get when I am helping customers pick paint for their contracted painting job with O’Connor’s Painting Service is, “which sheen should I choose?” Understanding paint sheen or “shininess” is the key to making your selection. Let me try to give you a description of the levels of paint sheen for the Behr Premium Plus line of paint that can be found at Home Depot. I have gathered the following information to help guide our O’Connor’s Painting Service customers.

Behr Premium Plus Interior Ceiling Paint
This paint has 0% shininess or sheen. It is NOT washable but is an excellent choice for touch up. Touch up means if you scuff the walls although it will not wash off, you can re-paint that area of the wall and the paint will blend.
Behr Premium Plus Interior Flat Paint
This paint has a 3% sheen level. This paint IS washable but to touch up you have to paint wall-to-wall. That means you can not just paint a small area or spot if the mark or scuff on the wall did not wash out. To cover seamlessly you must paint the complete wall.
Behr Premium Plus Flat Enamel Paint
This paint has a 10% sheen level. This paint IS washable but just like the above interior flat paint description, you have to paint wall-to-wall if your marks on the wall do not wash out.
Behr Premium Plus Interior Eggshell Paint
This paint has a 25% sheen level. This paint IS washable but again, if the marks can not be removed you will have to paint wall-to-wall instead of just being able to touch up a spot.
Behr Interior Satin Enamel Paint
This paint has a 35% sheen level. This paint IS washable but again, if the marks can not be removed you will have to paint wall-to-wall instead of just being able to touch up a spot.
Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel Paint
This paint has a 50% sheen level. This paint IS washable but if marks can not be removed through wiping you will again have to paint wall-to-wall to eliminate the the mark without any noticeable lines.
Behr Premium Plus Interior / Exterior Hi-Gloss Enamel
As you would expect, this paint has a 100% sheen level. This paint IS washable. If a really stubborn mark will not wash off, again you will need to repaint the entire wall-to-wall area for the area to look seamless to the existing paint.

In conclusion, the higher the sheen or shininess, the more the imperfections on your walls such as spackle areas or where drywall meets drywall will be visible.

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3 thoughts on “Project Behr Paint – Decoding Sheen

  1. […] June 14, 2010 Project Behr Paint-Part II Premium Plus Ultra Posted by David O'Connor under Behr Paint, Sheen | Tags: Behr, Help picking interior paint colors, Paint Sheen | Leave a Comment  The Behr Premium Plus Ultra line provides paint and primer in one coat, and provides superior coverage with fewer applications. Typically this line of paint is better for darker colors. This self priming paint can, in most instances, cover in just 2 coats when going over dark colors vs. 3 or 4 coat that other brands of paints need for proper coverage. For example when covering a bold color like hot pink the Behr Ultra product covered the pink in 2 coats saving time and money in material expense vs. the Behr Premium Plus product discussed in a previous posting. […]

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