As you may recall, we’ve talked before about the importance of choosing the best paint sheen for your interior painting project.
Here’s a quick recap (or you can check out the full article here).
Paint sheens progress from flat to high-gloss. Flat paint is dull and not very durable, but it does cover blemishes well and is easy to apply. Most often you’ll find it used on ceilings where foot traffic is, understandably, pretty low. High-gloss paint is reflective, bright, and durable too, but it’s more finicky to work with, making it most ideal for surfaces like trim, molding, and sometimes cabinetry.
If you peruse home improvement, painting, or design resources, however, you’ve probably noticed that some homeowners are opting to use high-gloss paint on walls and ceilings. When applied correctly, it provides a deep, beautiful, almost liquid lustre.
How Do You Paint with High-Gloss Paint?
Before you start, there are a few things you should know.
- The surface must be flawless. Any imperfections, no matter how slight, will show through a high-gloss finish. If you’re painting sheetrock walls, for example, you’ll need to achieve a Level 5 finish before it’s ready to prime.
- Primer is absolutely essential.
- Sand before your finish coat, then clean the surface thoroughly (no dust should be left behind!).
- Multiple, thin topcoats need to be applied as well.
- Applying high-gloss paint with a brush is very difficult. Most pros use a sprayer to achieve an even, smooth finish.
With all of the above in mind, we suggest leaving this kind of interior painting project to a professional painting company. There’s just no margin for error, but the results can be truly stunning.
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