Home Improvements : Difference Between Satin & Semi-Gloss Paint

Home Improvements : Difference Between Satin & Semi-Gloss Paint


Hi I’m Tim Gipson and I’m going to talk to
you about the difference between a satin paint and a semigloss paint. Now I have a couple
paint cans here and when we talk about a satin paint or a semi gloss paint or flat or eggshell
or gloss we are really talking about the sheen on the paint so a gloss paint would have a
very glass like finish to it such as you can see on this where it really reflects the light
and when it dries again it has a very glass like finish to it and all the way down to
a flat paint which has no sheen so in other words when you shine a light on it it does
not reflect the light and does not look like it has any reflection to the surface whatsoever.
Now the satins and the semi glosses are in between the flat and the gloss paints. The
satins are a good paint and we have got just a little bit of some drips on this paint can
here which this is a satin and you can see where we have got some drips on this and this
actually is a semi gloss here so when you look at it there is a very subtle difference.
Now the differences that you are going to have, the satin finishes are going to be much
better to use on your wall surfaces because the more sheen that you have the more imperfects
are going to show so if you have some lines or some bumps in your wall or some repairs
that have been made if you were to put a semi gloss or a gloss on that it would really show
a lot of the imperfects on the wall so by going with a satin paint what it allows us
to do is it allows us to get a surface that is scrubbable and washable and that is really
good to have in areas such as your kitchen where you may have your walls subject to a
lot of grease from cooking and it is also good in your bathrooms where you have a lot
of moisture so the paint doesn’t break down and also it if you get some over spray on
it it is very easy to wash it so the satin is a very good wall finish which gives you
a finish that is something you can actually maintain. Now when you get up into the semigloss
if you don’t have very good wall surfaces you may not want to consider using that semigloss
and so the semiglosses are usually good and limit those to your trim areas where you want
to get that little more of an accent. I’m Tim Gipson and that is some information on
the difference between a satin and a semigloss paint.

12 thoughts on “Home Improvements : Difference Between Satin & Semi-Gloss Paint

  1. I like the potential fire hazard with the wiring nightmare by his left elbow at 2:06. Perhaps we'll "e-how to put out a workshop fire" next time kids !

  2. Great information. Just one tip for more easily conveying the difference to your audience. Use sample boards rather than drips on a paint can to demonstrate. I found the info really useful Thank you.

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