When and When Not to Use High Gloss Paint

Understanding the various paint sheens available will help you make an informed choice when buying paint.  High gloss paint is the most reflective paint sheen. It has a super smooth finish that looks almost like lacquer and is the polar opposite of a flat paint that delivers a matte, muted finish.

At one time, high gloss paint was simply a practical paint finish choice, but some homeowners are expanding their paint horizons and using it to make dramatic design statements. Some people are nervous about the boldness of high gloss paint. To ease your apprehensions, we’ve compiled a list of Dos and Don’ts when it comes to high gloss paint.

Do Use It in Kitchens and Baths

The most traditional use of high gloss paint is in bathrooms and kitchens. These high moisture, high traffic areas of the home are perfect candidates to realize the benefits of high gloss paint. The gloss in the paint protects woodwork from moisture, has a surface that is easy to wipe clean, and can withstand chemical cleaning agents better than a flat or eggshell finish. If you are painting cabinets in your kitchen or bath, high gloss paint is a wise choice.

Don’t Shy Away from Untraditional Uses

Pairing bold, bright colors with a high gloss paint finish can yield beautiful results in rooms outside of your kitchen and bathrooms. You can transform your playroom, mudroom, children’s room, master suite, dining room, interior doors, even ceilings with high gloss paint.

Do Use It on Trim and Molding

Trim around doorways, windows and baseboards take on a lot of wear and tear. Plus, it has a knack for picking up dirt and grime. High gloss paint is the standard choice for trim pieces that need an extra thick layer of paint to withstand the additional abuse delivered to these areas.

Don’t Use on Highly Irregular Walls

High gloss paint accentuates imperfections and draws your eye to them. The gloss creates a mirror-like surface that reflects light.  If you have uneven, textured walls that you don’t plan on fixing before painting, it’s best to skip the gloss and go with more of a flat finish.

Do Use a Professional

High gloss paint is unforgiving. It highlights every brushstroke and every flaw on your wall or trim. Wall prep, high-quality tools, and proper painting technique become very important for achieving a beautiful high gloss finish. Hire a professional painting company for great results.

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area, including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Flowers Painting provides full painting services, including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work, be sure to visit our website gallery.

All You Need to Know About Low VOC Paint

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You may have heard the term “low VOC or “zero VOC” paint. VOC is an abbreviation of the phrase volatile organic compound. What exactly are volatile organic compounds? We are so glad you asked.

VOC’s are chemicals released by some paints into the air. They can cause symptoms like dizziness and headaches. Think of the smell of newly painted walls, and that is the smell of gases contained in the paint being released into the atmosphere. It’s not great for you to breathe in, nor for the environment.  That’s why paint manufacturers developed eco-friendly paints with lowered or no levels of VOCs.

Zero VOC paint contains, as the name suggests, no or near-zero levels of volatile organic compounds. Low VOC paint simply has lower levels in it than a paint brand’s normal line of interior paints.

Pros and Cons of Low and Zero VOC Paint

  • Low VOC and zero VOC paints have little to no paint smell, making it a nice option if you are painting an interior space where people, pets, or children are living. It’s not so important if you are painting an empty residence.
  • Available paint colors of these paints may be more limited than regular paints, which you can get in every conceivable color like this year’s trending color palettes.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not regulate VOC levels in household products. Therefore, there is no industry standard for what is labeled low VOC or zero VOC. Do careful research about products before you purchase these types of paint.
  • These paints tend to be more expensive than traditional paints.
  • Be aware, too, that some brands add alternative chemicals that may be harsher than VOCs to replace the reduced volatile organic compounds, making it important you research all of a paint’s ingredients before you buy.

When to Use Low/No VOC Paint

If inside air quality is a concern in your home, choosing a low VOC or no VOC paint is a good choice. It reduces the number of pollutants put into your home’s air, long after it has been freshly painted. If you have children or people with asthma or other respiratory issues, it’s a good idea to consider investing in a paint that has fewer toxic chemicals like VOCs in it.

How to Choose an Eco-Friendly Low VOC paint

Due to the wide array of different low and no VOC paint lines, the best course of action is to discuss whether eco-friendly paints are a viable option for your next painting project with a painting professional. Schedule a free in-home painting estimate with a Flowers Painting professional today by calling (704) 445-7750. Our knowledgeable estimate technicians will be able to recommend the best paint that provides good coverage, a nice finish, in the colors you want.

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. We recently added our second location in Winston-Salem, NC, and service the entire Winston-Salem area, including Kernersville, High Point, Clemmons, Rural Hall, Tabaccoville and more. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.