What sheen should I paint my house?
Choosing a sheen depends on personal preference, material being
painted, and location of the painted surfaces.
How many different types of sheens are there?
There are numerous types of sheen, a lot depends on the brand and
manufacturer of the paint.
In general paint sheens go in levels of - Flat, Matte, Satin, Eggshell,
Semi Gloss, and Gloss.
All paint sheens ARE NOT UNIVERSAL. A Sherwin Williams Satin, will
be different from Valspar Satin, Benjamin Moore Satin and any other
competitor out there.
What difference will sheen make?
Sheen plays a roll in durability and wipe-ability. The more sheen a
paint has, the more durable and cleanable it will be. Keep in mind that
the more imperfections a surface has the more those imperfections
will show with a higher sheen.
What sheens are best for my home?
It is advised that surfaces like Cabinets, Trim, Doors, and Metal
should at least be painted with a Satin sheen. Since we are always
touching our cabinets, doors, and trims it is a good idea to seek paint
that is durable and cleanable.
The same attributes that we seek in a Trim and Cabinet paint we
should seek in Bathroom and Kitchen Walls.
Is there a difference in Lowes/Home Depot paint and Sherwin Williams?
Yes Color Wheel Painting only uses Sherwin Williams Paint. While it is affordable to use Lowes paint, in time you will see all the drawbacks that come with purchasing cheaper products. Fading, Peeling, Chipping are just some of the problems that come with a lower grade paint.
Difference in Enamels and Interior Latex. It is a common misconception that just because a bucket says “Interior Paint” that it can be used on any surface inside the home and have good results.
Enamels are used for any woodwork or metal surfaces. Enamels dry harder and are durable against scrapes and scuffs that can be inflicted on baseboards, doors, frames and cabinetry. Any solid core surface that is susceptible to these conditions should have enamel applied.
Paints that have “Interior Latex Paint” should only be used on walls.
“Paint and Primer in One” Another misleading title that paint companies use to get a customer to taking shortcuts. When a paint states that it has “Paint and Primer in One” it does not mean it has adhesion properties like a standard Primer does. It just means that it COVERS like a primer coat plus a paint coat would.
Is there a difference between Oil and Latex?
Yes, Enamels are either Oil or Latex based.
Oil Pros and Cons.
Pros- Dry Harder
Cons- Yellow’s over time Fades in the sunlight Messy,
uses Mineral Spirit to clean up
Latex Pros and Cons
Pros- Newer Latex Enamels are drying almost as hard as oil based enamels.
Easy to Clean.
Easy to Apply.
Cons- Drys softer than Oil.