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Burnishing

Increase in gloss or sheen of paint film when subjected to rubbing, scrubbing or having an object rub up against it.

Causes

  • Use of flat paint in high-traffic areas, where a higher sheen level would have better burnish resistance
  • Frequent washing and spot cleaning.
  • Use of abrasive cloth and/or cleaners.
  • Objects (furniture, for example) rubbing against the walls.
  • Use of low-quality paint with poor stain and scrub resistance (see Poor Stain Resistance).

Solutions

  • Paint high-traffic areas or areas that require regular cleaning (e.g., doors, window sills and trim) with high-quality paint.
  • Consider using higher sheen paints in these areas.
  • Use the least aggressive method when cleaning painted surfaces. Use a soft cloth or sponge and non-abrasive cleansers; rinse with clean water.

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