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About Exterior Paint Sheens

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Finding the best color or product is the first step to your exterior painting project, but finding the right sheen is step two. Choosing the proper sheen for different outdoor surfaces will help create a beautiful look and get the most from your paint. Visit the Color Center at your local Home Depot for more tips on choosing the right sheen for your project.


Flat

A flat paint sheen is non-reflective sheen that's easy to apply and touch up. It will minimize the appearance of minor surface imperfections.
Applications:
Wood and vinyl walls and siding; brick and other masonry; fences
Durability:
Medium-Low

Satin Enamel

A satin sheen creates a pearl-like finish that's durable and dirt-resistant. It will also resist moisture, fading and stains.
Applications:
Virtually all Exterior surfaces
Durability
Medium-High

Semi-Gloss Enamel

A Semi-Gloss paint sheen is a sleek, radiant sheen that creates a hard, durable finish. It is formulated to withstand wear, and will also resist moisture, fading and stains.
Applications:
Doors, trim and shutters; Exterior furniture
Durability:
High
 

Exterior Sheen Usage Chart

Use this chart to help you easily choose the best sheen of paint for your upcoming outdoor paint projects.

Project
Flat
Satin
Semi-Gloss
Wood
Vinyl
Aluminum
Fiber Cement Siding
Metals
Brick
Masonry
Stucco
Doors
Windows
Trim
Shutters
Steel
Fences
Garage Doors
Outdoor Furniture
Railings
Wrought Iron