Glossary

Satin

Satin

Satin is a term that describes a paint that is not as glossy (reflective of light) as semi-gloss, but more so than matte paints. Satin paint reflects about 26% to 40% of light.

Satin paint is a great choice for rooms that have suffered a little wear and tear. Its less reflective quality means that it does not highlight holes or dents as a high gloss paint would. It also provides some of the protective qualities semi-gloss paint does; those being it is easy to clean and resistant to staining. There are problems with using satin paint, however. The biggest being that it can show brush and roller strokes from the application.

This is not only a problem when painting an entire surface but makes touch-ups very difficult to blend and make unnoticeable. Satin paint is an ideal choice for rooms that have medium traffic and don’t need to withstand a lot of moisture such as living rooms and hallways.

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