We suggest reading the following information before making your selections.

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Definitions
Where Sheens are typically used and why?
One Versus Two Versus Three Coat Coverage
Oil Versus Water Based Paints

 

Definitions
Sheen: The glossiness of a paint finish. A glossy sheen is shiny and reflects most light, while a flat sheen diffuses most light.
Substrate: The surface material to be painted such as sheetrock, plaster, shiplap, cement siding, cedar siding etc.
Flashing: Uneven appearance of a coating's gloss, sheen or luster. The more glossy the sheen the greater potential for flashing.

 

Where Sheens are typically used and why?
Gloss:
Typically used on broken and smaller areas such as interior and exterior trim.
Pros – Easily cleaned and more durable
Cons – Flashes more easily especially on large areas, very difficult to touch up, roller, brush strokes, spray passes and flaws in the substrate are extremely visible
Flat:
Typically used on ceilings and walls/siding
Pro – Generally does not flash on large areas, touches up more easily, roller, brush strokes, spray passes and flaws in the substrate are significantly less visible
Cons – Does not clean easily and is less durable
Mid Sheen: Named differently depending on the paint brand and product line. See the links in the Paint Products   page for sheens available for each product. One common mid sheen is “eggshell” for example.
Typically used on all surfaces but not recommended in most cases for interior ceilings
Pros and Cons are a balance of the ones noted for gloss and flat.
Basically, sheen selection is always a balance of looks versus durability. You want more durability in kitchens, bathrooms and hallways while in well lighted large areas such as a two-story family room you may want to opt for a flat sheen. Items heavily handled that require frequent cleaning such as a door would suggest a gloss finish.

One versus two versus three coat coverage
One coat coverage is highly successful only when painting over a previously painted surface using the previously painted color and sheen.
 
It is virtually impossible to determine with 100% reliability if a color change can be accomplished with 2 coats because there are virtually millions of color, substrate and paint product combinations. However, the below information, when reasonably followed, is highly predictable.
Changing from one cool neutral color shades of white, cream, ivory, gray, and silver to another usually covers in:
Interior: 2 coats when brushed and rolled
Exterior: 1 coat when sprayed, 2 coats when brushed and rolled
Changing from one warm neutral color shades of browns, tans, golds, beige, black to another usually covers in:
Interior: 2 coats when brushed and rolled
Exterior: 1 coat when sprayed, 2 coats when brushed and rolled
 
Changing a warm neutral color to or from a cool neutral color may require more than 2 coats depending on the contract. To change from pure black to pure white for example usually requires more than 2 coats. Most often a customer will purchase two coats and will determine if a third coat is desired after the two coat application.
Changing from or to a bright primary color such as red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet usually require more than 2 coats. In most cases it is best to plan on 3 coats up front utilizing a tinted primer and two coats of   paint. When available and applicable it is also best to utilize a red or yellow base paint. Red and yellow based paints do not come in all product lines. These will usually cover in 2 coats on the exterior when sprayed  especially if a red or yellow based paint is applicable and available.

 

Oil Versus Water Based Paints
Surfaces previously painted with oil based paints will require recoating with an oil based paint. If you are unsure of your existing paint type, please SCHEDULE one of our experts for an in home estimate or perform the following: Dip a cotton ball into a small amount of denatured alcohol. Rub it over a small area on the surface. If the paint comes off, it is a water based paint.