Residential and Commercial
Painting and Drywall
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Which paint finish hides imperfections, is easy to touch up, but difficult to clean? 


Flat Finish

Also called 'matte' finish, this paint finish will give a room an elegant chalky look. Flat paint hides imperfections, is easy to touch up, but difficult to clean. Flat or matte finish paints are best reserved for rooms that are seldom used, like a formal living or dining room. The finish is perfect for ceilings too.


Q2. Which paint finish is the most popular? Why is it so popular?


Eggshell Finish

This is the most popular paint finishes because it of it's versatility. Eggshell finish has a slight sheen, hides imperfections and creates a surface that is easy to touch up and easy to clean.


Q3. Which paint finish works best in high traffic areas such as kitchens, and bathrooms?


Satin Finish

Aptly named for the smooth, satiny surface it creates, satin finish paintworks well in high traffic areas like kitchens, children's rooms, family rooms and bathrooms. The satin finish is durable, has a slight sheen and easy to clean. The only drawback with satin finish paint is any touchups will be very noticeable.


Q4. Which paint finish is applied to trim work and moldings around the room?


Semi-Gloss Paint

Slightly glossy, this is the paint finish applied to trim work and moldings around the room. Semi-gloss finish is easy to clean and very forgiving when a baseboard or door molding gets bumped or scuffed. Semi-gloss is like satin, touchups are very visible because of the paint sheen.


Q5. Which paint finish do you apply to kitchen or bathroom cabinetry?


High Gloss Paint

Glossy, glassy paint finish that provides a lacquer-like look to whatever t is applied too. Kitchen or bathroom cabinetry, room moldings and furniture are the pieces which normally get treated to a high gloss paint finish. High gloss paint provides the most durable, easy-to-clean finish of all paints, but it also highlights every imperfection.


Q6. You always need to prime your surface prior to painting. True or False


False But......

Primer Painting is such a daunting task that we tend to skip the most important step for a beautiful finish and just get right to rolling on the paint. That oft-skipped step is priming the surface before painting. Applying a coat or two of primer will smooth out surface imperfections and make paint adhere better, leaving behind the smoothest and most durable finished surface possible.


"Do I need to prime this wall before I paint it?" Primer is not always necessary, so you can often save money by omitting it. In many cases, however, primer will actually save you money because it reduces the number of more expensive topcoats you will need to get excellent results.

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