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Old 10-07-2008, 12:08 PM   #1
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What is the best paint sheen to use on the interior trim of a home and why?

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Old 10-07-2008, 01:33 PM   #2
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Semi-Gloss is the best and most popular. It's tougher and sheds dirt easier than a flatter finish. You can also just paint over it again when needed. The trim is there not only for decoration but also to protect the wall in area's that get the most contact so it gets the most abuse and should have a more durable finish.

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Old 10-07-2008, 02:03 PM   #3
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I enjoy using the Waterbourne enamels. They hold up much better than wall paint, and give a more "oil-like" look with no oil-base hassles. In addition, they do not yellow when not exposed to light like oil-base. Two popular ones here are SW ProClassic and BM Impervo.

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Old 10-07-2008, 09:39 PM   #4
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Semi-gloss acrylics are still pretty popular, but most premium paint companies, and many DIYers use a satin enamel (waterborne or even some still use oil) for trim
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Old 10-08-2008, 05:41 PM   #5
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Semi-gloss -- easy to clean and makes the trim stand out. Also, use the same trim color throughout. Whites and cream typically work best, depending on your color scheme.
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Old 10-21-2008, 05:02 PM   #6
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Pro Classic waterborne from SW in Semi gloss is what I just used on my new house. I really like the look of oil based trim paint but this waterborne paint really surprised me.

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