What Is Enamel Paint?

A lot of homeowners seem to get confused when they use the word "enamel." When doing estimates, we typically hear that a person wants the following, "Gloss, Enamel, High-Gloss, etc." Some also think that "enamel" is considered separate from semi-gloss, gloss, and the like. The best way to describe what enamel means is to think about a person's teeth. The shiny outer layer is a protectant called, "enamel." The enamel can break down causing tooth decay. Enamel is typically a coating that is hard or shiny. When we use the word "enamel" for painting your home, we are referring to any paint product that is not flat or matte. Here is a list of enamels that we typically use in the paint industry: eggshell, low-sheen, semi-gloss, and high gloss. Enamel can range from 5% to 100% shine on the top coating. So when you hear a painter say that we will use an "eggshell enamel" that is different than using a flat finish or gloss. Typically enamels are easier to clean because they dry with a shine. If you have children, it is best to have a very low-sheen enamel on the walls. For more information about what is the best type of paint to use on your home, please contact our office!
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