The Types of Paint Finishes: What You Need To Know


Are you planning to do some room repainting but do not have enough knowledge of it? Then you have to learn and understand the types of paint finishes that would give your wall a new look. Each finish has its own characteristic that should match the theme and concept of the room. Repainting is one of the significant small changes you can do to your room for that newly-renovated look. Unfortunately, there’s more to just painting one wall with any color you like. For instance, you need to learn the different types of paint finishes first before running the brush. 

Below is a quick guide on paint to help you out: 



Flat or matt paint is ideal in areas in the house that are not susceptible to dirt and have less traffic. These are living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. This paint is also best used in the ceiling

Flat paint offers the least shine and durability among all types of paint finishes, and any cleaning solution can easily damage it. However, this type of paint provides the most coverage compared to other finishes in this list. It can easily cover damages and imperfections in the walls. 


Like flat paint, the eggshell can also cover imperfections. It is also ideal for areas with less dirt and less traffic or fewer activities, like living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and the ceiling. Compared to the flat paint, it has added protection and is easier to clean if used on walls in the mentioned areas. Plus, it’s more elegant-looking and shinier than flat paint. 


Satin is the most common among the types of paint finishes. It is easy to clean and more durable than the flat and eggshell. In addition, they have a rather beautiful velvety texture. The satin finish is perfect for high-traffic areas like bathrooms, kitchens, kid’s rooms, and laundry rooms. Plus, the satin paint can be used in windows, ceilings, doors, trims, and hallways. 


Semi-Gloss paints are reflective, durable, and resistant to dirt, like mildew. This type of paint finish is best for areas prone to drips, greases, or moisture, like the bathroom and the kitchen. Semi-gloss is also perfect for trim painting. With its fine texture, the semi-gloss can show imperfections more than the less shiny paint finishes like the flat, eggshell, and satin. 


The high-gloss paints are the shiniest and most durable among the types of paint finishes. Plus, it’s also easy to clean. This paint finish is best for trims, doors, and cabinetry. However, it may be too shiny for the walls inside the house, and if not properly applied, it may show imperfections like dirt on the surface. 


Mistakes in procedures may occur, especially if you are not used to painting. You may forget things that must be done before applying paints. Without learning the types of paint finishes, you may make the mistake of applying the wrong paint in the wrong area. 

Here are more DIY painting mistakes that you should avoid: 

Painting without cleaning

If you finished painting and notice a hairline protruding in the smooth painted surface or areas that seemed ripped or cracked, this is because you painted without cleaning. There are cleaning mixtures for walls that you can use before painting. Go over the whole surface with a vacuum cleaner to remove any dust particles, hair, or obstruction, and then use the cleaning mixtures.  

Painting without covers

Painting without the proper preparation would make the work messy. Use drop cloths to cover every furniture piece and the whole floor, too. Wrap the doorknobs and put tapes on the edges for that clean finish. Remember to remove the tape and other coverings only when the paint dries. 

Dipping the brush

When painting, dipping your paintbrush just a third of the way can already get you enough paint. And if you dip it all the way, you will waste a lot of paint. Plus, the bristles will get harder to clean when the paint goes deeper in, especially when it dries. So, it would be better to use enough paint when brushing so you won’t waste any of it. 

Disorganized painting

Unfortunately, painting is not as simple as running over the brush until you cover the whole area. You need to always start up near the ceiling and paint down to finish. This maneuver will help conserve paint because the drips will be reused once you work your way down. 

Not investing in the right tools.

Doing DIY painting projects will not be as fun and easy if you use the wrong tools. You may be saving money by not buying the tools, but the result will not look as good as you’d hope, and you might end up doing it over again. 

So, invest in quality brushes and rollers to help you get the best surface coverage and conserve paint. It will also help provide you with a lovely-looking, smooth finish.

Is DIY painting for me?


Learning all the types of paint finishes may be the first step to knowing which one is desirable for your wall. But if you are still unsure about doing the painting by yourself, then seek professional help.

El Gato Painting can get repainting jobs done for you. With four decades in the industry, the company has provided excellent painting services in the San Francisco Bay Area, utilizing different techniques like the 21-step preparation process and more. 

Contact El Gato Painting today and start with the color renovation of your dreams! You may also learn a thing or two about painting from them.

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