Card Set Information
Materials Methods and Estimating
A description of the different paint sheens and considerations related to each sheen level
Sheen rule of thumb regarding washability
As sheen increases, so does washability and the ability to see imperfections.
Equal to or Greater than 85% sheen.
Every surface imperfection will be highlighted.
Expert preparation of the surface is required.
Quality of Prep work is judged by the perfection of reflection in the surface.
75% - 85% Sheen
Surface Imperfections will be visible.
Expert preparation of surface
Often used on imperfect walls in utility areas where washability is more important than appearance.
40% - 75% sheen
A little less shiny, a little less washable.
less of a need for a perfect surface.
specified more often than a gloss paint.
Frequently used on millwork trim and as accent areas.
25% - 40% sheen
can be cleaned with a soft cloth and a mild soap.
10% - 25% sheen
close to satin sheen
5% - 10% sheen
Good at hiding imperfections
affords some washability but not rigorous.
also referred to as "velvet" or 'suede" finish.
less that 5% sheen
not washable, touch-up only
hides more imperfections than other sheens
touches up easily.