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What Is Gloss Painting?

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Gloss painting involves the use of a type of paint, called gloss, that has a shiny, lacquer-like finish when it dries. Gloss paint wears better and is more stain-resistant than other types of paint. Its smooth surface makes it easier to clean, which is why it’s ideal for high-traffic areas of your home like the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. Gloss painting is a great choice when you want to give an attractive but durable finish to banisters, window sills, moulding, baseboards, and similar areas in your home. Because it is so highly reflective and shows imperfections easily, gloss paint and its variations (semi-gloss and satin) are used less frequently on walls, but some people do like to use it in less formal areas of the house, like a child’s bedroom.

Here are some more facts about gloss painting.

  • Gloss paint is durable. Gloss paints are latex or oil-based, with resin included to give them a more durable quality. They are sometimes referred to as enamels. Latex enamels dry quicker, resist yellowing, and are more resistant to mildew, which is why they’re good paints for bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms, the places in your house where there is more moisture. Oil-based enamels are generally tougher, and more resistant to abrasion.
  • De-gloss before you paint on top of it. An important point to remember if you’re painting on a surface that already has gloss paint on it, is that you need to “rough it up” by sanding or applying a chemical de-glossing product. If you don’t do this, the second coat will not stick to the base coat when drying. Even if you’re applying gloss paint onto a surface that has a flat or semi-gloss paint on it, you should apply two coats of the gloss paint to avoid an unevenness of sheen when the gloss paint dries.
  • Be careful about textures. One disadvantage of gloss paint is that its highly reflective quality shows brush or roller texture easily, which means that you can tell the difference between brushwork used around trim and areas that have had paint applied with a roller. To minimize this, tape around your trim, which will allow you to roll paint close to the edge without much difference in texture showing.

Gloss painting is a great way to spruce up your house, and it lasts longer than other types of paint -- which is a very good thing for your budget!

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