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Trim - Gloss or Semi Gloss?

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by Allgood, 23rd Aug, 2015.

  1. Allgood

    Allgood Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,
    Which do you use for architraves and skirting boards. Some painters say that gloss is too hard to apply and shows every fault, is that true?

    I love the shiny look and want the white trim to stand out against the grey walls but is it asking for trouble if I do gloss. Im only an amateur painter. Maybe I should do semi-gloss. I think i did semi on the last reno but can't remember. FWIW it came up well.

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Nemo

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    I prefer the look of the semi gloss.

    My dad is a painter and recently painted a house for me - he did all the woodwork gloss. Much prefer the semi gloss I have on my ppor.
     
  3. Peter_Tersteeg

    Peter_Tersteeg Finance broker and strategist Business Member

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    Personally I'm more partial to semi gloss.

    I think you're really asking about using an enamel vs acrylic paint.

    I would definitely recommend an enamel. It's marginally more difficult to apply as it's not water based, but it's more durable and appropriate to the job. I recon the hardest part of this job isn't the application of the paint, but the location of the job.
     
  4. Bran

    Bran Well-Known Member

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    Gloss (+enamel)
     
  5. WattleIdo

    WattleIdo renovating Premium Member

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    semi-gloss
     
  6. Allgood

    Allgood Well-Known Member

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    Gee, you're an argumentative bunch :D. Looks like it's horses for courses, but I think I'll go with Semi-gloss acrylic, unless someone can convince me otherwise.

    Thanks everyone.
     
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    All our IP's at renovation time get painted water based acrylic -
    Gloss on doors, architraves & skirtings. (Solver Snow White 25% strength)
    Semi-gloss/satin sheen for all walls. (Solver Snow White)
     
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  8. Hodor

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    You can get water based enamel.

    No idea how it compares in terms of durability and ease of application. I had no problems when I used it and I'm no expert.
     
  9. brisfisher

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    I vote to go the semi-gloss. its a good compromise as it gives off a sheen but doesn't show up all the irregularities in the mouldings. The dulux water based aquanamel is quite easy to apply!!
     
  10. DaveM

    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    Semi gloss for a more modern finish. Gloss for more traditional. Depends on the house style
     
  11. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    I tend to go for mission brown usually in flat.
     
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  12. Allgood

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    lol, only when there's matching brickwork.
     
  13. skater

    skater Capitalist Premium Member

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    We use a semi on the walls & gloss on trims.
     
  14. sanj

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    Semi gloss on walls?
     
  15. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Just like Teflon paint I guess.
     
  16. KayTea

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    You must be a friend of my dad's - every surface he ever touched, throughout my entire childhood, ended up being Mission Brown, I'm sure………..
     
  17. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Apparently when you mix all of your leftover paint together, you achieve mission brown.
     
  18. skater

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    Yep! It's much easier to clean than flat!
     
  19. dan_89

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    semi-gloss oil based for me
     
  20. DaveM

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    Semi gloss or low sheen?