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Paint Finish Selections and Surfaces for Interior and Exterior Painting

Depending on the manufacturer, house paint finishes come with various labels. Below are the common terms and recommended uses by Dunn Edwards Paints.

Interior Paint Finish Types

Flat/Matte

Flat (or matte) paint absorbs light and is good for hiding defects on walls and making rooms appear larger. Flat paint jobs are easy on the eyes since they do not reflect light and are often used for formal rooms and elegant settings. Flat paint should not be washed. Ideal for the family room, living room, dining room, bedroom, hallways, ceiling, office.

Velvet/Satin

Velvet paint has the lowest level of shine and also works well to hide defects. Also known as satin paint, it has a washable surface good for cleaning dirt or stains from heavy traffic. Ideal for the family room, living room, dining room, bedroom, kids' room, hallways, ceiling, office.

Eggshell/Pearl

Eggshell (or pearl) paint gives a surface the appearance of an eggshell, with more shine than flat paint and greater resistance to cleaning. This paint is also recommended for high-traffic areas. Ideal for the family room, living room, dining room, bedroom, kids' room, kitchen and bath, and office.

Low Sheen

Low sheen paint is similar to eggshell paint, but with greater shine. Ideal for the dining room, kids' room, kitchen and bath, hallways, doors, windows and shutters.

Semi-Gloss

Semi-gloss paint provides a medium to high level of shine to an interior, making a room feel smaller and more welcoming with more shine. It is durable for heavy cleaning and ideal for the kitchen and bath, doors and windows, shutters, molding, utility areas, woodwork and trim.

Exterior Paint Finish Types

Flat/Matte

Flat (or matte) paint absorbs light and is good for hiding defects on walls. Flat paint should not be washed. Ideal for main bodies such as stucco, masonry, brick walls, wood siding, aluminum and vinyl siding. Recommended for painting accents, trims and accessories such as soffit, fascia and eaves, wood fences, garage doors and gutters.

Velvet/Satin

Similar use as for flat/matte paint. Velvet paint has the lowest level of shine and also works well to hide defects. Also known as satin paint, it has a washable surface good for cleaning dirt or stains. Ideal for main bodies such as stucco, masonry, brick walls, wood siding, aluminum and vinyl siding. Recommended for painting accents, trims and accessories such as soffit, fascia and eaves, wood fences, garage doors and gutters.

Eggshell/Pearl

Eggshell (or pearl) paint gives a surface the appearance of an eggshell, with more shine than flat paint and greater resistance to cleaning. Ideal for main bodies such as stucco, masonry, brick walls, wood siding, aluminum and vinyl siding. Recommended for painting accents, trim and accessories such as doors and windows, soffit, fascia and eaves, shutters, garage doors, gutters and metal gates.

Low Sheen

Low sheen paint is similar to eggshell paint, but with greater shine. Ideal for accents, trim and accessories such as doors and windows, soffit, fascia and eaves, shutters, garage doors, gutters, and metal gates.

Semi-Gloss

Semi-gloss paint provides a medium to high level of shine. Similar use as for low sheen paint. Ideal for accents, trim and accessories such as doors and windows, soffit, fascia and eaves, shutters, garage doors, gutters, and metal gates.

Gloss

Gloss paint is best used to highlight details and is easy to clean. Similar use as for low sheen and semi-gloss paint. Ideal for accents, trim and accessories such as doors and windows, soffit, fascia and eaves, shutters, garage doors, gutters, and metal gates.

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