How to Select the Right Paint Finish

Color isn't the only consideration when planning your next paint project. The finish you choose will determine how vivid details appear and how easy the surface will be to clean. Our pros explain how to pick the right sheen for every job.

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Prep School

Proper prep is the difference between a smooth paint job and a bumpy or streaky one. Depending on the surface you're painting, you may need to use a primer or an undercoat prior to applying the paint. Steve Revnew, vice president of product development for Sherwin-Williams, also notes that shinier paints require thinner roller covers than flat finishes. Image courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

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