When to Use Satin Paint

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Use a satin paint in high-traffic areas that require more durability, such as the kitchen or the bathroom, as higher sheen in a paint results in higher durability. Use a satin paint, which can be cleaned easily, with advice from a licensed remodeling contractor in this free video on home maintenance.

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Hi, I'm Tim Gipson. I'm going to talk to you about when you use a satin paint. Now a satin paint is a sheen of paint that's in between a flat or eggshell, and a semi gloss. So it has a really low sheen. Now the more sheen, typically, you have to a paint, then the more durable the paint surface is. The more able it is to handle washing and scrubbing and different things like that. So, areas that are good to use a satin based paint would be in kitchen areas and in bathrooms where you have a lot of moisture and a lot of traffic. Now, the good thing about a satin is that you can get that durability, but without revealing additional imperfections in the wall, see, because the more sheen that you have to a paint surface, say on this wall right here, the more sheen that we would use on this, say using a semi-gloss finish, we would see more defects in the wall. So, when you have finished walls, they tend to have more imperfections than, say, a door or a trim area where you might use a semi-gloss in. This particular paint here is a satin paint, so again, it gives you a very durable surface that you're able to clean and actually scrub to remove marks and fingerprints. I'm Tim Gipson, and that's when to use satin paint.

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