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Ottawa Painters Talk Sheens & Finishes

Follow these Tips from Ottawa Painting Companies for Best Results

Regardless of the size and scope of your painting project, you should never go in unprepared. Whether it’s a touch up here, a redesigned room, or slowly but surely redecorating the whole home, you’ve got to have a plan, some clothes you don’t mind getting paint on, the right tools—and the right paint! Experienced Ottawa painters know that the right paint is more than a matter of just colour or brand. Every paint has a finish or sheen to it, and this will determine how and where it’s to be used. Follow these tips from Ottawa painting companies, and you’ll have a beautifully-painted home in no time flat! Matte and Matte Enamel Your basic matte finish is the flattest kind around, with no natural shine to it whatsoever. It’s certainly very popular, but since it’s also easily blemished, it’s mostly used on ceilings and in very low-traffic, low-moisture areas so as to be more easily maintained. For a similar but more durable finish, there’s also matte enamel—its finish is not so far off from traditional matte, but it’s easier to clean, and won’t need to be retouched as often. Eggshell For a finish that has a moderate shine to it, without the habit of glossier paints to make imperfections in the walls more obvious, eggshell finish is a great choice. If you prime beforehand, you might even be able to get away with a single coat—though Ottawa painters recommend you use your better judgement when making this distinction. Satin In some opinions, satin is eggshell’s other half. Like its counterpart, the finish is subtly shiny, falling in the spectrum between matte and glossy. Ottawa painting companies like to use it in medium-traffic areas that require occasional cleaning, though if the wall has imperfections in it, you should try to resolve these lest the satin finish draw people’s attention to them. Semi-Gloss and Gloss Between these two finishes, you have the bulk of paints used in high-traffic areas of the home. Semi-gloss is favoured particularly for trim and baseboards, since you can easily clean it with warm, soapy water. Gloss, on the other hand, is used in high-traffic, high-moisture spaces like kitchens and bathrooms, since it’s incredibly durable and can withstand being cleaned frequently. Like Satin, however, both of these finishes can bring out imperfections in walls and other surfaces. A professional Ottawa painting company may be able to help you apply a gloss or semi-gloss finish on a damaged or blemished wall by smoothing out the imperfections and using base coats that ensure an even texture and consistency for the finished product. If you have any questions or concerns about your paint job, you can contact professional Ottawa painters to help you.

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