The difference between satin and semi-gloss paints is the amount of sheen on the surface, as satin finishes are best used on wall surfaces and semi-gloss paints are better suited for trim and crown molding. Identify the differences between satin and semi-gloss paints with advice from a licensed remodeling contractor in this free video on home maintenance.
Hi I'm Tim Gipson and I'm going to talk to you about the difference between a satin paint and a semigloss paint. Now I have a couple paint cans here and when we talk about a satin paint or a semi gloss paint or flat or eggshell or gloss we are really talking about the sheen on the paint so a gloss paint would have a very glass like finish to it such as you can see on this where it really reflects the light and when it dries again it has a very glass like finish to it and all the way down to a flat paint which has no sheen so in other words when you shine a light on it it does not reflect the light and does not look like it has any reflection to the surface whatsoever. Now the satins and the semi glosses are in between the flat and the gloss paints. The satins are a good paint and we have got just a little bit of some drips on this paint can here which this is a satin and you can see where we have got some drips on this and this actually is a semi gloss here so when you look at it there is a very subtle difference. Now the differences that you are going to have, the satin finishes are going to be much better to use on your wall surfaces because the more sheen that you have the more imperfects are going to show so if you have some lines or some bumps in your wall or some repairs that have been made if you were to put a semi gloss or a gloss on that it would really show a lot of the imperfects on the wall so by going with a satin paint what it allows us to do is it allows us to get a surface that is scrubbable and washable and that is really good to have in areas such as your kitchen where you may have your walls subject to a lot of grease from cooking and it is also good in your bathrooms where you have a lot of moisture so the paint doesn't break down and also it if you get some over spray on it it is very easy to wash it so the satin is a very good wall finish which gives you a finish that is something you can actually maintain. Now when you get up into the semigloss if you don't have very good wall surfaces you may not want to consider using that semigloss and so the semiglosses are usually good and limit those to your trim areas where you want to get that little more of an accent. I'm Tim Gipson and that is some information on the difference between a satin and a semigloss paint.
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