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Exterior Paint Sheens

Like interior paints, exterior paints are available in a variety of sheens. The tips below will help you choose the best sheen for your exterior surfaces.


Flat

Like its interior counterpart, flat exterior paint is appropriate on more blemished/uneven surfaces, as its low sheen conceals imperfections. This is why we tend to use flat exterior paints on older homes, especially those with rough sawn boards, as it tends to be a rougher surface. While a high-quality flat paint is still durable and washable, it is not as easy to clean as its higher-sheen counterparts. It also will not stand up quite as well to abrasion. All in all, flat is still a choice to consider for the exterior of a house but personally I would leave it for inside.


Low Sheen

This sheen is our most commonly used exterior paint sheen. We often use this sheen for the main body of a house or building exterior. This sheen provides a soft finish that will look great on walls in good condition. Without being too shiny, it is also ideal for surfaces that must be cleaned occasionally.


Semi-Gloss/Gloss and High-Gloss

Gloss sheens require skillful application. Even as professional painters, we seldom use gloss paint on exteriors due to its tendency to amplify imperfections on the surface. However, glossier sheens are more washable, resisting dirt and cleaning up much more easily. A gloss sheen may be the perfect choice on accents like shutters and doors where added shine is a benefit. And the shiniest of all, High-Gloss provides the richest colors and highest level of washability. But as you may have guessed, it magnifies surface imperfections more than any other paint. I personally prefer a Semi Gloss finish as it has all the qualities of a High Gloss with a more modern look.


ONE ADVANTAGE OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL PAINTING CONTRACTOR LIKE KEMI CONTRACTING IS EXPERT ADVICE ON THE APPROPRIATE SHEENS AND PRODUCT LINES FOR YOUR PROJECT. CONTACT US TODAY FOR A FREE QUOTE ON YOUR INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING PROJECT!

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