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Old 05-05-2013, 05:27 PM   #1
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What sheen of paint does everyone use for bathrooms and kitchens?

(Sorry for the dumb question but when I last painted 20 years ago I don't recall the options of "eggshell" or "satin" as being common).

This offers a good general guide but I'm wondering what everyone here uses.

For color I'm painting either white or a very pastel beige.

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I like satin myself but it's really just personal preference.Flat is a dirt sponge as long as your paint has some sheen you will be OK.Semi-gloss has too much sheen for walls IMO.

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Most of my customers are going with as little sheen as possible and still have some washability. I'm using a lot of flat enamel in kitchens/baths.
They are not as scrubbable as satin or semi, but not nearly as porous as flat.
I'm interested to see how some of them look In a few years.
I personally like semi, if the walls are perfect (level 5) it can look great.
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What is on there now? Does it seem to hold up to your usage? Though it's not recommended, some baths will survive with a flat. Some baths and usage will destroy a flat and it will fail. If what you have now seems insufficient for your usage, take a step up. If you don't like a sheen you can get Ben Moore Aura Bath and Spa, which is a matte, flat enamel, but it's designed for steamy environments.
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I think the amount of humidity generated is important. The Aura bath and spa paint is fairly nice.

Semi-gloss looks institutional to me but I guess in a very damp environment it might be the choice.

I beg to differ about flat necessarily being a dirt sponge or hard to clean. Aura flat is pretty amazing stuff and clients with kids say it is as washable and easy to maintain as higher sheens.

Remember the higher the sheen, the more surface defects will show. And make sure you allow time for higher sheens in waterbased products to cure. Allow up to 30 days or so.

"White white" can look awfully stark and/or dingy with other colors up next to it. I would definitely think about an off-white or beige like you are considering.
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I think the amount of humidity generated is important. The Aura bath and spa paint is fairly nice.

Semi-gloss looks institutional to me but I guess in a very damp environment it might be the choice.

I beg to differ about flat necessarily being a dirt sponge or hard to clean. Aura flat is pretty amazing stuff and clients with kids say it is as washable and easy to maintain as higher sheens.

Remember the higher the sheen, the more surface defects will show. And make sure you allow time for higher sheens in waterbased products to cure. Allow up to 30 days or so.

"White white" can look awfully stark and/or dingy with other colors up next to it. I would definitely think about an off-white or beige like you are considering.
That's the point with baths. It's not what sheen is best necessarily, it's what you need, and that will vary with the size of the bath, the ventilation, your usage patterns, etc. If you've had an eggshell that's held up for years, stay with an eggshell, or at least that particular eggshell. If an eggshell you've had is starting to fail, you need a satin, etc.
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SDS- Aura does not come in "flat", it has Matte- which is a step up. Or some call it a washable flat- same deal. And Aura is the most washable paint I know of.
And Bath and Spa is only in the matte Aura finish, not needed for the egg on up.

And be careful with sheen names. S- Williams calls "satin " what BM calls "Matte- and BM's Satin " is just below a semi gloss..
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SDS- Aura doe not come in "flat", it has Matte- which is a step up. Or some call it a washable flat- same deal.

And be careful with sheen names. S- Williams calls "satin " what BM calls "Matte- and BM's Satin " is just below a semi gloss..
Sorry about that and I meant matte. And yes, every company has a different sheen chart and sometimes different ones for products under the same umbrella brand. Ben Moore's contractor grades do not come in the same sheens as Regal for example.

Regal: Satin/Flat, Velvet/Eggshell, Pearl, Semi
Moore's K&B (Do they still make it?) Satin

Impervex: High gloss latex enamel
Satin Impervo: Alkyd Low Lustre
Alkyd Dulamel: Alkyd semi and eggshell (don't think I ever used it)
Impervo: Alkyd High Gloss

EcoSpec: flat, eggshell, semi

I don't have my Aura deck so will not try to remember the sheens.

I think superspec is gone? I don't know the sheens for Ben as I have never used it. What is the new waterborne alkyd people like? And Ben Moore has the new, cheap gutter consumer brand out West too.

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Yup- sheen names for the DIY can be very confusing- so we need to be very clear.
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Thanks everyone. Great advice. I appreciate your expertise.
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Pittsburgh Paint Store Sheens (I have no idea about the box store crap) in order of sheen increase:

Flat, eggshell, satin, semi, high gloss
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dulux diamond matte is a very washable "flat" paint probably better then Bm arua. and sico kitchen and bath has a matte finish also.
i painted my bathroom with diamond matte about 3 years ago and the venting kind of sucks and is holding up amazing and the wife has srubbed it and still looks like new.

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