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Deciding how glossy you want the finish on your paint job to be can be a tough decision. These days, there are a range of gloss levels available, and understanding the differences and how they perform can be overwhelming for even experienced DIYers.
When talking about paint, the terms gloss and sheen are sometimes used interchangeably to describe how shiny (or glossy) a paint’s finish appears after it has dried. However, some paint manufacturers do distinguish between the terms gloss and sheen and measure them separately. In this case, how glossy a paint is typically refers to the amount of light that is reflected off its surface with “high-gloss” (or “glossy”) being at the high end and “flat” being at the low end. There are a range of gloss levels commonly available between high-gloss and flat, including: full gloss, semi-gloss, satin, eggshell, and matte.
Choosing the right gloss level has almost always been determined by the utility of the paint. Things are different now as paint manufacturers are designing new formulations.