All paints have a finish and each finish differs in wearability and washability. The type of finish, therefore, should be considered when selecting the right paint for a specific room. paint comes in several types of finishes. They are flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and highgloss. The higher the gloss, the easier it is to wash.
- Flat paint finishes have no shine and a dull mat finish, which reduces glare and absorption of fight. Flat paints are best painted on walls and ceilings that need little cleaning. If you need a wall surface that is more washable, select a paint with a little more shine.
- Eggshell and satin finishes are nearly the same in their degree of shine. They provide a dull surface with a light shine. Both are washable. Anything as shiny as or shinier than satin is washable.
- Semi-gloss paint finishes are between a flat finish and a high-gloss finish. Two coats of semi-gloss paint make the wall washable and possibly scrubbable. When a paint is washable it means that you can wash it carefully with soap and water. When a paint is scrubbable, it means you can take a sponge, soap and water, and clean the paint. Semi-gloss finishes are a good choice for walls and ceilings in kitchens, bathrooms, and children’s rooms where washability is important.
- High-gloss paint finishes are very shiny and bright. They may however, produce a glare, which shows wall surface imperfections. These finishes are the easiest to clean and are used on the walls and ceilings of kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms where grease and moisture may present a cleaning problem.