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What finish for my painting?

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Lacquered, satin, matte or shiny? That is the question. Once the color chosen and the type of paint found, remains to determine the finish, an additive that changes its texture. This step, essential in the renovation of a room, should not be taken lightly. It is the finish that will give the tone of your walls by coming to bring him a final decorative touch. To help you solve this cruel dilemma, HandymanDuDimanche invites you to discover the great classics of finishing.

Bright painting.

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Glossy paints contain almost as many resins as pigments. They send us the light with vibrant colors creating a mirror effect, which particularly highlights small reliefs such as moldings, doors and windows. Water-permeable, these coatings are very popular in kitchens and bathrooms for their practical and resistant side. If they value the perfectly smooth supports, they accentuate the slightest imperfections of the damaged walls.

Matt paint.

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Matt paints consist of more pigments than resins. They improve the passage of light on the walls and are therefore perfect for large uniform surfaces. Their sober, felted and discreet side tends to hide the irregularities of the walls. As a result, they are generally used for old houses and ceilings. Only downside, a delicate maintenance that does not support or very little cleaning with water.

Satin paint.

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Located midway between the matte and the gloss, the satin paints seem to be an excellent compromise. They soften the walls while maintaining their brightness which gives them a silky and warm touch. Suitable for all types of rooms, they are recommended for places with high passage type corridor or entrance. In addition to their resistance they are very easy to maintain and clean with water in the blink of an eye. This type of paint is also recommended for places subject to many friction such as doors and windows.

Lacquered paint.

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Glossy and glossy, the lacquered paint gives us unparalleled brightness while creating an impression of depth. Smooth and tense, they are often used in water rooms such as kitchens or bathrooms. Leakable and brushable, they are easy to maintain. This type of finishing requires an exemplary preparation and a perfectly smooth and clean support. If necessary, the paint may hang badly, without achieving the desired aesthetic result.

There are also other varieties of finishes, put forward by distributors and manufacturers, thus surfing the wave of interior decoration. With as many models as companies, the range extends with more than 14,000 different references. Whatever the type of finish, HandymanDuDimanche strongly advises you to choose good quality paints and tools perfectly adapted to your needs. Before making your choice do not forget to take into account the ecological impact of your material. To find out more about eco-friendly paints, we look forward to seeing you next week.

Hélène David - HandymanDuenchie - July 17, 2008

The other aspects of the "Painting" file: The big families of paintings. Ecological paints. The paintings of tomorrow.

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