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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
- soft sheen
- can be cleaned with a soft cloth and a mild soap.
10% - 25% sheen
- close to satin sheen
- still washable
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.