Our Paint Sheen Levels Explained
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY SHEEN LEVEL?
The term sheen level refers to the glossiness of the paint finish. Colours can differ in appearance depending on their sheen level. For every wall emulsion or interior wood paint you can identify its sheen level by using our numerical scale (which are typically noted in the product names).
Gloss level is measured according to internationally recognised standards. The minimum gloss level is 0 and corresponds to a completely matt surface and the maximum is 100 gloss units corresponding to a very glossy surface
Where no gloss level is noted, this usually means the product is non film forming and a gloss level cannot be measured. Wood Oils are such an example - there is no sheen to be noticed or measured.
WHY DOES MY FLAT OR LOW SHEEN PAINT SHOW HANDPRINTS, MARKS, AND SHOWS THE AREAS WHERE I TRIED TO SCRUB THEM OFF?
In general, flat and low sheen paints do not have a high amount of scrubability. Areas that are of higher traffic or that are washed should be painted with a higher sheen product. At minimum, a “semi-matt or higher sheen is usually recommended in those areas for their overall durability. Tikkurila’s durable range however can protect your wall from those everyday marks and spills that can be easily wiped away (and are available in matt and flat matt finished) and is ideal for use in those busy areas of the home. View the washable products here.