What to Consider when Buying Flat Paint

Whenever you take on a painting project there are two important things you need to consider: What color are you going to use and do you want to use flat paint, semi-gloss paint, or high gloss paint? While choosing the color may not be that hard of a decision, the type of finish can be. There are several different types of finish; matte, eggshell, satin, flat, semi-gloss and gloss. Each finish will have its own look and feel as well as how well it resists scuffs and how easily it cleans up. It is important to know which finish will work best for your project before you begin.

Flat finish paints are one of the more common choices. Typically flat paints will cost less than other sheens and they will be shine free. However there are several factors you will need to take into consideration before deciding on a flat paint. This article will go over some of those factors which can help you make the right decision. 

Flat paint does a good job of hiding imperfections on the walls and ceilings because it does not reflect light. It works best on surfaces that need little scrubbing because this type of paint has a more porous texture that traps dirt and dust. People find that flat paint works well on walls that have been repaired often or on walls that wallpaper has been peeled off of because it tends to hide rough surfaces better. 

However there are some disadvantages to using a flat finish. It is less resistant to scuffs and stains, which means it is not the best choice for high traffic areas. Flat paint is also less resistant against moisture so it is not recommended to use this type of paint in areas with high humidity levels, such as bathrooms or surfaces that will need to be cleaned often. 

In addition to being used in houses, flat paint is also being used to paint cars. Auto primer is a form of flat paint because it is designed to cover imperfections and provide a layer of paint so that the next layer of paint will adhere to it. Flat paint is an excellent choice to use on an older vehicle whose body is in less than perfect shape. It will provide protection from the elements as well as help make the car look new again.

Before starting your painting project take time to learn which type paint is best. Also choosing a reputable brand will improve the quality of the finished paint job. Also painting with the more expensive brands will reduce the chance of having runs because cheaper paints tend to be thinner and run more easily. Most paint stores have well educated staff to help you with your decision. If you are not sure if flat paint is the type of finish you need for your project explain to them where the paint will be used and what your desired finished look is and they can assist you in choosing the best finish