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About Exterior Paint Sheens

Set the right curb appeal with exterior painting efforts that last.

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 you 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 sheen is non-reflective, and easy to apply and touch up. It will minimize the appearance of minor surface imperfections.


Flat Sheen Paint sample

SATIN ENAMEL

A satin enamel sheen creates a pearl-like finish that's durable and dirt-resistant. It will also resist moisture, fading and stains.


Satin Enamel Sheen Paint sample

SEMI-GLOSS ENAMEL

A semi-gloss enamel sheen is sleek and radiant with a hard, durable finish. It is formulated to withstand wear, and will also resist moisture, fading and stains.


Semi-Gloss Enamel Sheen Paint sample

EXTERIOR SHEEN USAGE CHART

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


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