How to Choose an Interior Paint Sheen

Choose your sheen based on how much traffic the area receives.

Flat (Matte) is a low-sheen paint with a easy-clean, non-reflective appearance that's ideal for low traffic areas and ceilings.

Flat Enamel has a low luster appearance and is great for low to moderate traffic areas, such as bedrooms.

Eggshell Enamel has a soft, velvety appearance and is a good choice for moderate traffic areas such as living rooms.

Satin Enamel if you desire a pearl-like appearance, and are painting moderate to high traffic areas or areas that have some exposure to moisture, such as kitchens.

Semi-Gloss Enamel if you desire a sleek, radiant sheen that is great from cabinets and trim, high-traffic areas and high-moisture areas.

Hi-Gloss Enamel creates a brilliant, shiny appearance with a glass-like finish. This is great for high-use surfaces.

TIP: If you're using Semi-Gloss or Hi-Gloss Enamel, apply multiple thin coats, rather than one thick coat, to achieve the smoothest finish.
 
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Handy Tips, Advices, Ideas & Warnings

Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe off easy.

To keep white paint from yellowing, add 10 drops of black paint to each quart of white.

When painting ceilings, cut a child’s rubber ball in half and put your paint brush in one of the halves to catch the drips.

An old pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes from paint splatters and drips when painting ceilings.

When painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.

Before starting to paint with enamel paint, lightly coat your hands and underneath your fingernails with any name brand hand cleaner. After the painting is finished, your hands will be easy to clean.

Line your paint tray with aluminum foil. When it’s time to clean up, just roll up the foil and throw away.

To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.
 
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