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Old 02-28-2014, 11:27 AM   #16
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Of course "purple" is a pretty vague term - it could mean many things given the huge color wheels available now. If it tends toward red and bright - hard to cover. If it tends toward mauve/brown and dull/gray, it can cover.

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Sherwin-Willaims is a bit different with their sheens, it goes, flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, gloss and some kind of super-gloss. Their gloss is about the same sheen as others semi-gloss. SW satin will be about as flat as BM eggshell. Their paints typically run a bit flatter than others, but they have an extra gloss line. I wouldn't worry about the satin you are using. You should do some research on burnishing of the Emerald line, I've never used it. Purple will take 3 light coats. Purple will be more susceptible to burnishing...30 yr. painter, mostly with SW.
Actually I have found that to be the opposite. I remember doing a room one time where a SW eggshell met a BM Satin and the sheens were identical.
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Actually I have found that to be the opposite. I remember doing a room one time where a SW eggshell met a BM Satin and the sheens were identical.
I agree, always found SW have more sheen in comparison to other brands.
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The thing I agree with is sheens can be very confusing. Throw in ppg/porter, there is no sense naming them all you get the point. If the paint companies can't get it straight how are we supposed to.
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I'm sure it varies from among different lines but I have always thought SW paints tended to have less sheen than others.

To take the ambiguity out of guessing who's eggshell is shinier, or the difference between eggshell and satin, you can compare angular sheen ratings on the product data sheets.

Emerald satin happens to be almost the exact same sheen as BM Aura eggshell. Emerald satin is rated at 10-20 units @85 degrees, and Aura eggshell at 12-22 units @85 degrees. The higher the number the higher the sheen, so the Aura eggshell is a little bit shinier.
Aura satin is 28-38 @60 degrees.

"Degrees" refers to the angle that the surface is viewed from.

That's my understanding of how that works anyway.
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That is interesting stuff and removes a lot of the subjectivity. Where are you finding those numbers?
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That is interesting stuff and removes a lot of the subjectivity. Where are you finding those numbers?

Product data sheets. SW lists it as 'Finish' and BM as 'Gloss/Sheen' but its the same measurement.
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If the paint companies can't get it straight how are we supposed to.

The fact is, there is no definitive standards for sheen in paints. There are suggested ranges (Master Painters Institute- MPI gloss standards ), but different manufacturers are free to formulate their sheens as they wish. When submitting products to MPI, the product has to fit the gloss standard range as MPI designates.

Keep in mind that multiple coats of an accent color will build up mils, and also will appear to have more gloss.

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