Difference between Flat, High Gloss, Satin, Eggshell Finish?

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What is the difference between Flat, High Gloss, Satin and Eggshell Finish?

The terms above refer to the gloss or sheen level of the paint. The higher the degree of finish, the greater degree of which light reflects of the surface. Simply put, it measures the shine of the paint.

What do these terms mean?

High Gloss – highest gloss finish, more durable, super stain resistant and easiest to clean. Used on kitchen and bathroom walls, cabinets and furniture

Semi Gloss (Satin) – medium/high gloss finish, stain resistant and easy to clean. Used on living rooms, children’s rooms, doors and trim

Eggshell Finish - medium/low gloss finish, semi-stain resistant and does wash. Used much like flat gloss but deliver a higher yield. Best for hallways, playrooms and bathrooms

Flat (Matte) - lightest gloss finish, simple to administer, hides surface imperfections, removal of stains can be difficult. Used on general walls and ceilings.

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