When you think of a clear coat, the first thing that comes to mind is likely flat pain. However, in order to make the right choice, it is worth knowing the properties of Satin Paint and Eggshell Paint in addition to the properties of matt paint to make sure you’re making the right decision for your next home project. In this article, we’ll break down everything you need to know to help you decide.

Should I Use Flat Or Satin for Interior Walls?

The most crucial feature of flat paint, as the name suggests, is that it is matte. This means that it does not reflect light like satin or eggshell paint. Flat paints are usually very good opacifiers because they have a high pigment content, giving perfect coverage with only 1-2 coats. 

A wall painted with matt paint will look good if painted on a perfectly flat surface. For this reason, it’s imperative that the prep work, such as correcting wall imperfections and smoothing, is precise and well done. Matte walls give a stunning impression because of the even color effect. Here, you don’t have to consider the change in color effect due to changes in natural light. In addition, they are cheaper in price than Satin or Eggshell paints. 

Use Flat Paint For The Living Room And Satin Paint For The Kitchen

Walls painted with flat paint are more difficult to clean and wash than those painted with gloss paint, making scratches more visible in heavily used rooms. Therefore, it’s worth choosing matte paint for living rooms or study rooms. However, if the living room is a favorite play area for children, using satin or eggshell paint will be a better choice.

Washing walls painted with semi-gloss paint is much easier. While they are more expensive and require more coats than matte paint, they’re more durable and resistant. 

If you need to clean the walls of a room often, you should choose accordingly:

  • Satin paint is recommended for rooms that need to be wiped down daily, such as bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and children’s rooms.
  • Eggshell paint is ideal for rooms that need occasional cleaning, such as hallways.
  • Flat paint is a good choice for exposed living rooms, study rooms, or any area that doesn’t receive much foot traffic or needs constant cleaning.

How To Paint Flat Over Eggshell?

If you want to apply matte paint to a wall that has previously been painted with satin or eggshell paint, you will need to sand the previous gloss paint off the wall thoroughly beforehand. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to paint over it.

Gloss paints give a slippery finish, which is why they are easier to wash off. On the other hand, matt paint will stick to a slippery surface, which is why it needs thorough sanding. You’ll know your wall is ready to be painted when you no longer see the wall as glossy and the surface is slightly rough. 

A great way to achieve this is to use 180-grit sandpaper for sanding and finish by dusting the surface with a broom. After masking the adjacent wall surfaces, you can apply matte paint to the wall with a paint roller. I usually recommend two coats of paint for full coverage. Allow the first coat to dry for at least 2 hours before applying the second coat.

Is It A Good Idea To Mix Flat And Satin Paint?

Different paints can be mixed if they have the same base material. In general, satin and eggshell paints can certainly be mixed. There will be no difference. However, before mixing a flat paint, it is worth checking whether it is water-based or oil-based. For example, gloss paints may be oil-based.

But mixing is primarily unnecessary if you choose the right paint. Today, you can choose from a wide range of gloss paints in the shops. For example, if you are hesitant to choose a semi-gloss or satin paint, start with an eggshell paint first. This will give you a subtle soft sheen while giving you a durable and washable wall finish. 

How Do I Clean Flat Paint Walls?

Cleaning walls painted with flat paint requires care, as we wrote at the beginning of this article. In all cases, you’ll want to clean gradually. By this, I mean first that you’ll want to wipe the wall with a clean, damp, and soft cloth such as a microfibre cloth.

For more stubborn stains, mix a little vinegar in the water, dip the cloth, and then wring it out. If wiping with vinegar doesn’t help, try using an eraser or magic sponge to remove the stain from the wall. Again, make sure not to rub too hard to ensure the best results. 

How Can I Clean Flat Paint Walls Without Streaks?

Walls will streak if they’re not cleaned properly. If you follow the above method, your walls will not be streaked after cleaning. To make sure this doesn’t happen, here are a few things you should never do. 

  • Make sure not to vigorously rub with a cloth that is too wet as this often causes streaks on the walls. 
  • Using strong cleaners, such as detergent, as it can cause streaks because they can dissolve the paint. 
  • Water running or dripping from a cloth that is too wet can also cause streaks on the wall. 

How to clean walls with flat paint?

For best results, use a slightly damp cloth. Change the cleaning water frequently to avoid carrying dirt back to the wall. Make sure not to scrub the wall, just wipe! Vigorous scrubbing can cause mechanical damage, meaning that it can wear away the paint layer, which will also cause streaks. 

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