Finishes That Last


STEP 5 - PICK A FINISH

Imperial Painting wants you to have the right finish for your project. Most paint comes in a variety of gloss levels. There are some rules to think about when choosing the right finish for each substrate. Durability, washability, desired look are among many other factors to think about when choosing the right finish. We have broken the gloss levels into five categories below, along with suggestions of where to use each of them.

Finish Choices:

1. Flat:
Flat finishes are designed to provide a uniform appearance on substrates that will not be subjected to major wear and tear.
Pros:

  • Great for hiding surface imperfections
  • Easy to touch up
  • Looks great
Cons:
  • Marks up easily
  • Difficult to clean

Great for: ceilings



2. Eggshell:
Eggshell finishes are designed to provide a durable, uniform, low-sheen appearance on substrates in high traffic areas.
Pros:

  • Covers well
  • Looks great
  • Some washability
Cons:
  • Shows surface imperfections
  • Touch ups are more difficult

Great for: walls



3. Satin:
Satin finishes are designed for increased durability, uniform finishes, as well as a subtle gloss that will make it stand out.
Pros:

  • Increased durabilty
  • Increased washability
  • Looks great
Cons:
  • Surface imperfections will stand out
  • Very difficult to touch up

Great for: doors, trim, exterior surfaces



4. Semi-gloss:
Semi-gloss finishes are designed for extreme durability, uniform finishes, and a glossy look that is unmistakable.
Pros:

  • Extreme durability
  • Scrubbabilty
  • Looks great
Cons:
  • Surface imperfections will be more visible
  • Touch-ups will stand out

Great for: doors, trim, handrailings, metal surfaces, exterior surfaces and more



5. High Gloss:
High gloss finishes are designed for maximum durability and shine.
Pros:

  • Extreme durability
  • Extreme scrubability
  • Glass-like finish
Cons:
  • Surface imperfections look bad
  • Touch-ups will stand out

Great for: handrailings, metal surfaces, safety markings, commercial and industrial applications.