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How would you describe the difference between a matt, satin and gloss paint finish?

Sheen levels are subjective to a degree as different paint manufacturers have different interpretations of how much reflectivity a matt, satin and gloss paint should have. In general, matt paints produce a finish that has no or very little sheen. These paints are usually used on walls and ceilings and are less likely to show any surface imperfections.

Another way to describe satin is eggshell. In other words, the sheen level is about the same as the surface of an egg when 1 coat has been applied. 2 coats will very slightly increase the sheen level.

Gloss finishes have a higher reflectivity than satin or satin-gloss paints. Some paints and varnishes are even labelled as super-gloss. Typically, you will be able to see a good reflection of objects in a gloss paint. Gloss paints are more commonly used for home fixtures such as skirting boards, architraves, doors and so on.

What product can I use to seal and protect my chalk paint?

Chalk paint is a popular product for up-cycling interior furniture. It offers a little protection for surfaces; however it is more of an aesthetic finish. Wax is the most common surface sealer for chalk paints, but you can also use a varnish, taking care not to overwork the varnish, as this can pull the paint. Varnishing over chalk paint will typically 'warm' the colour. E.g. shades of white become creamier.

Are there any eco-friendly paints for interior walls and ceilings?

Yes, there are. Earthborn Paints produce a range of clay paints made from completely natural ingredients that are perfect for interior walls and ceilings. Available in a wide range of attractive colours, Earthborn's clay paint range can benefit allergy and asthma sufferers, is odourless, virtually V.O.C free and Eco friendly.

Which is best, a water-based or solvent-based white gloss paint?

Both water and solvent based white gloss paints have their advantages. Some believe that solvent-based products have a better flow out and a better appearance. However, the odour is stronger and they can take 16 - 24 hours to dry before being over coated. Solvent based paints also tend to yellow more over time. Water-based white gloss paints are more user friendly and smell less. Brushes are easier to clean but in general, the paint dries quicker.

How long will an exterior paint last?

This is a difficult question to answer as it can depend on the type of substrate, the preparation of the substrate, the application and type of paint and the amount of weathering that the surface is subjected to. As an example, paint on a cliff top property that is subjected to high winds and sea air will wear more quickly than paint on a sheltered town house. Some manufacturers supply paints that are advertised lasting up to a specified number of years as long as the correct preparation and application conditions are met.

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