Why Understanding Paint Finishes is Essential

“Never do a job half done!” Sound like anyone you know? Probably your mother. Without taking good care of paint finishes, it might as well have been a job half done. Seriously! Paint finishing isn’t just the last step, it’s a crucial one. If you take the time to understand the various kinds of paint finishes, you can ensure that your projects look fresh for a long time.

That’s not all! It’s important to understand the kinds of finishes, how to upkeep them, or even how to redo them!

Kinds of Finishes

Let’s begin with understanding the different types of paint finishes available.

The most popular finishes are matte, glossy, satin, eggshell, and semi-gloss. Matte is a flat finish that has very little shine. It’s ideal for low-traffic areas in your home such as bedrooms or offices.

Glossy finishes have more shine and are perfect for high-traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms because they’re easy to clean. Satin paint has a slight sheen and will show some dirt but is still very durable. Eggshell finishes are in between matte and satin, providing medium shine and durability. Semi-gloss is slightly higher in shine than eggshell, making it ideal for trim around windows or doors because of its added protection from moisture.


Now that you know the different types of paint finishes, it’s important to understand how to care for them. To ensure your paint stays looking fresh and lasts a long time, it’s essential to take proper care of it. Cleaning with mild detergent and water is all you need for most surfaces. If needed, use a soft cloth or sponge and avoid harsh abrasives.

If you have glossy paint, opt for a wax-based cleaner to keep the shine looking bright. For all other finishes, use a pH-neutral detergent for the best results. Finally, be sure to regularly check your air conditioning systems and humidifiers for signs of moisture that may damage the paint.

Deciding to Redo Paint Finish

If you’ve grown tired of the look of your current paint finish, it’s easy to redo it. The first step is to properly prepare the surface by removing any existing paint and washing away dirt or dust. Once that’s taken care of, you can apply a new coat using either a brush or roller (depending on the size of the area).

If that all feels like too much to do, don’t hesitate to hire a professional. They have the skills and knowledge to help you choose the right paint finish and make sure it’s applied correctly.

It’s important to take the time to understand the various types of paint finishes and how to properly care for them. With the right tools and knowledge, you can keep your projects looking freshly painted for years to come. So get out there, take some time to understand what type of finish you need, and get painting!

And, if you need help, don’t be afraid to holler. Using a construction company or a painting company to help you with your finishing is both cost-effective and get it done quickly!