Pros and Cons of semi-gloss paint

What are the pros and cons of a semi-gloss paint and where might you use it?

Asked by Jackie on 12th May 2022
Expert Trade Answers
"There are no products called semi-gloss paint only satin-gloss or eggshell for woodwork only IE skirt doors
I wouldn't advise using water-based gloss as sometimes it can peel off if you catch it. And some oil-based gloss can yellow over the years I would recommend oil-based satin over an undercoat"
Answered on 12th May 2022 - Member since Apr 2016 - report
"Semi-gloss paint has several pros and cons, and where you use it will depend on your personal preference and the specific requirements of your project. Here are some of the pros and cons of semi-gloss paint:


Durability: Semi-gloss paint is more durable than flat or eggshell paint, making it a great choice for high-traffic areas like hallways, kitchens, and bathrooms.
Easy to clean: The glossy surface of semi-gloss paint makes it easy to clean and maintain, as it repels dirt and stains more effectively than flat or eggshell paint.
Reflects light: Semi-gloss paint reflects light, making it a good choice for smaller rooms or areas with limited natural light, as it can help brighten up the space.

Shows imperfections: Semi-gloss paint is less forgiving when it comes to surface imperfections, such as bumps or cracks. If you have an older or imperfect surface, semi-gloss paint may not be the best choice.
Higher cost: Semi-gloss paint is typically more expensive than flat or eggshell paint, which can be a factor if you're on a budget.
Glossy finish: Some people may not like the glossy finish of semi-gloss paint, as it can look a bit shiny and artificial.
Where to use it:

Trim and molding: Semi-gloss paint is commonly used on trim and molding, as it creates a clean and polished look that contrasts nicely with the flat or eggshell finish of the walls.
Kitchen and bathroom: Semi-gloss paint is a good choice for kitchens and bathrooms, as these areas tend to be high-traffic and require frequent cleaning.
Doors and cabinets: Semi-gloss paint can also be used on doors and cabinets, as it provides a durable and easy-to-clean surface that can withstand frequent use.
Overall, semi-gloss paint is a versatile and durable choice for many different applications. However, it's important to consider the pros and cons before selecting it for your project to ensure that it's the right choice for your needs"
Answered on 17th Mar 2023 - Member since Sep 2022 - report

The most durable finish, it holds up well in humidity and is easy to clean, but it does reflect light, calling attention to any and all minor flaws. In order for it to look smooth and even, the surface must be perfectly prepped and the paint applied very carefully to avoid streaky, uneven sheen."
Answered on 11th Mar 2024 - Member since Aug 2020 - report
"gloss or satinwood, if you have an uneven surface satinwood would hide most blemishes"
Answered on 23rd Jun 2022 - Member since Apr 2020 - report
"Well I use satin wood old base or egg shell
This takes say 2 years to start yellowing"
Answered on 15th Aug 2022 - Member since Jul 2022 - report
"Gloss is very much a peoples thing ,you either like it or dont ,customers ate moving towards satinwood now as it has a nice shine to it and is washable without it having the bright shinning of the gloss in your face ,also if a cheep gloss is used and not on undercoat it tends to go yellow very quickley"
Answered on 13th May 2022 - Member since Sep 2021 - report
Answered on 24th Nov 2023 - Member since Oct 2023 - report
"Pros are: more forgiving if the surface is not smooth enough. after a while, any surface scratches are less visible. It tends to not run as much as glossy paint.
Cons: on really smooth surfaces it does not enhance the finish as well as the glossy paint."
Answered on 2nd Mar 2024 - Member since Jan 2024 - report
"semi gloss paint is no good tbh it never lasts in my opinion, my experience it peels easy."
Answered on 15th Jun 2022 - Member since Oct 2021 - report
"semi gloss or satinwood as its known its better than gloss as you dont need to undercoat first and it wont go yellow over time and it is hard waring as long as you use oil base not water base"
Answered on 13th Apr 2023 - Member since Feb 2019 - report
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