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Pros and Cons of Paint Finishes – Free Guide

You have selected every single paint color you want to use to renovate your home. However, have you started thinking about what finish is the most prudent to match up with each color? A single paint color can look completely different based on the finish you choose. We know it can be an intimidating process to select the right finish, especially when there are so many options available and each of them produces a very unique effect.

That is why we created this guide. This article is for you. From the basics to the peculiar aspects, we describe here the major differences among the most commonly used finishes. From the durability to what project each finish type is perfect for, learn not only what glossiness paint finishes have but also how hard it is to work with each of them, which will impact directly on the cost of your project. Currently, among the best paint brands, we have seven types of finishes.

The most common are: flat, matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, gloss, and high-gloss.

Flat: no-sheen, good to hide minor imperfections, doesn’t offer protection, durable and washable
Only recommended to be used on ceilings. Since ceilings are areas where people don’t usually touch we recommend this type of finish to be used only for ceiling projects. This type of finish doesn’t offer great protection to the surface where it is applied. Since it doesn’t reflect any light and color, it is not recommended to be used in walls since it can easily move or be removed with a stronger touch.


Matte: similar to flat finish, has low-sheen and offers protection
Commonly used in interior projects, similar to “flat finish”, in the past, matte finishes didn’t offer any protection. With the advance of technology, nowadays we can find matte finishes with protection. Mattes are very washable which makes it extremely popular among homeowners. This type of finish produces a “velour effect”, which is good to match with an inspiring decoration placed in social areas of the house, such as family rooms and kitchens.

Eggshell: smooth, low-sheen, offers protection
This finish is easy to be cleaned – it can be scrubbed – however, it is not recommended for retouches. It is recommended for high traffic areas, such as stairways, hallways. This finish was extremely popular at the beginning of the 2000s. The best benefit of this finish is protection.


Satin: silky, multi-purpose, low-sheen, easy to be cleaned
Extremely popular nowadays, in the past this finish was most used in areas with a lot of activity, such as hallways, play & kids’ rooms. However, nowadays satin finishes are most used in trims. Although it is very easy to be cleaned, it doesn’t work well with touch-ups. It matches really well when it is applied in trims of rooms that have walls painted with a matte finish.

Semi-gloss: mid-sheen, durable, scrubbable, high stain and moist resistance
A very durable finish that 90% of the time is used in wood, such as trims, doors, and crown molding. Although it is very hard to be touched-up, it is very easy to be cleaned. It is rarely used in walls and ceilings – unless it is a requirement coming from the interior designer or homeowner.


Gloss: bright sheen, stain-resistant, and washable
The gloss finish stays in between the semi-gloss and the high-gloss finishes. Very easy to clean and almost impossible to accept touch-ups, it is much more stain-resistant than the satin and flat types. Gloss finishes are strictly used for trims, accent built-ins, cabinets, and doors.

High-gloss: “lacquered effect”/”glass-like sheen”, hardest to apply out of all the paint finishes, super durable
Very popular nowadays, different from other glosses, this one can be used not just on wood, but also on walls and ceilings, depending on the brand – we recommend Fine Paints of Europe. Since it shows all imperfections of the surface when applied if you choose to have this finish in your project make sure to be aware that it will be a very labor-intensive one. Almost impossible to accept touch-ups, it is a very challenging finish to work with. This finish requires the painter a lot of precision, attention, and care. On the flip side, it is super easy to clean and a super light-reflective and statement-making.

Transform Your Vinyl Siding

Vinyl Siding Transformation done by Level Five Painting, LLC.

Vinyl siding is plastic exterior siding for houses and small apartment buildings, used for decoration and weatherproofing. Although this engineered product, manufactured primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin, is commonly installed in residential construction in the United States and until a few years ago it was not recommended painting it to color-changing a vinyl siding.

Fortunately, nowadays painting contractors can work with premium products specially designed to transform houses. Without re-siding necessary, with the right products, and painting techniques, painters can now provide exceptional work changing the color of houses and buildings with vinyl siding while locking in optimal performance.

Vinyl Siding Transformation in Medfield (MA): After and Before

Debunking the misconception that you can’t paint your vinyl siding, our team strongly recommend using the product “Revive”, from Benjamin Moore. This product is offered in a large color palette and was exclusively created to rapidly give a new face to your vinyl siding. Although the “Revive” product can be found in many colors, you can’t find it in any “black” shade or any colors that contain black in the formula because it retains more heat than the other colors and can bend any vinyl siding. Another product option is a paint called “Duration” from Sherwin Williams which is a very good product, but whoever is painting the house have to disclose that the choosing color is going to be applied on vinyl siding and it cannot contains any type of black tint to the formula.

Now that you know that is possible to find the right product to color-change your vinyl siding, you can also find the perfect painting contractor to provide you this type of service. Level Five Painting, LLC. can change the color of your vinyl siding without overcharging you and taking longer than necessary to complete your project. According to the owner of our company, Jorge Aurichi, the secret to complete a perfect job involving any vinyl siding is to certify that your team will follow all steps of this procedure with knowledge and attention to detail. “The first thing you have to do in a vinyl siding project is power washing the house – maybe 2 or 3 times if necessary – to completely remove all chalk. Then you tape all the windows and isolate all areas you don’t want to paint. After that, you apply the Revive product either with a brush, rollers or spray, but the ideal is to apply it using a spray machine”.

Vinyl Siding Transformation in Medfield (MA): Before

It is extremely important to proceed with this type of project only during convenient weather – it’s not recommended to be done under extremely hot and sunny days nor during rainy days. According to Aurichi, perfect temperatures are between 53°F and 70°F, that’s why the end of spring and beginning of summer are the perfect days to hire someone to change the color of your vinyl siding.

Benjamin Moore Regal Select Exterior REVIVE for Vinyl Siding

Once the weather allows your contractor to get the job done, your project can be finished within a short time. “If you have time you can get those 2 or 3 power washing done on the same day. Once vinyl sidings don’t absorb the water, you can paint the house the next day. It takes around 4 days to get the color-changing of the vinyl siding of a 2,500 square ft. house is done”.

Vinyl siding projects are less pricy than any wood painting project. Once a reliable painting contractor got the job done, you paint with last long. “The “Revive” product costs around US$60/70 per gallon. It takes approximately 20 gallons to paint a 2,500 square ft. house”, said Aurichi. While any paint can fad naturally by time and weather, the only maintenance required is power washing your vinyl siding each spring in order to extend the life of your paint job.

Vinyl Siding Transformation in Medfield (MA): After

Are you interested in color-changing your vinyl siding? Contact our talented team of painters here. Call us at (617) 869-9446. E-mail us at contact@levelfivepaintingllc.com.

Protect Your Family From Exposures To Lead

                                                                                                 Somerville Lead-Safe banner

Lead paint is still present in millions of homes. If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint, and you may be exposed to it. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning. It can cause serious health issues, especially for children (less than 6 years old).

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if the paint in your house is in good shape you, probably, don’t have to worry about anything. But sometimes, deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention. If your income matches the restrictions, you may be able to apply for the “Lead Paint Safe” program in your city and get assistance to control lead hazards in your house unit.

                                                                     EPA Contractors Lead Safety During Renovations Brochure

Although this is a very serious problem, nowadays, you don’t have to spend tons of money in order to be safe. If your house still contains lead, you don’t need to hire a “deleading” service. You just need to choose a certified company that can works where lead can be found. By renovating your unit, you are making sure your walls are encapsulated and it will be extremely hard for your family to get in contact with lead.

EPA Contractors Lead Safety During Renovations Brochure

Although our team can’t remove lead from your house at the moment, our crew is certified by EPA with the “Lead-Safe Renovation for Homeowners” license, which means every single employee of Level Five Painting, LLC. can help you if lead can still be found in your house, in case if you live in Massachusetts and/or Rhode Island. Is extremely important to emphasize that a renovator’s intent is never to permanently eliminate lead paint hazards or make a “lead-free” claim about a home, building, or structure. The “Lead-Safe” renovation service is an option that fits your pocket and offers another layer of protection.

                                                                         Festool HEPA Vacuum used during Vinyl Siding projects

Currently, homeowners that face lead issues in their houses but don’t pay enough attention to this problem, end up hiring painting companies that are not licensed which can cause bigger and even more expensive problems in the future. By hiring “professionals” that can’t prove any “lead-safe” certifications, you and your beloved ones are exposed daily to risks of lead-poisoning, by inhaling and/or eating it. 

Example of  a Lead-Base House that needs a renovation

If you need help protecting your house, contact us. Our team is ready to help you. Call us at (617) 869-9446 or e-mail us at contact@levelfivepaintingllc.com. Here you can download the EPA Contractors Lead Safety During Renovations brochure.

Level Five Painting, LLC. Lead-Safe Renovation Contractor License

Level Five Painting, LLC. owner Lead-Safe Renovator Supervisor Initial Course Certification

Wellesley Exterior Painting Project

It’s Summer time and we from Level Five Painting, LLC. strive to provide every client with excellent work in every painting project, making it a pleasant and unique experience. We provide an impressive variety of residential painting services to homeowners throughout the Greater Boston and Metro West areas of Massachusetts. Our team is well skilled to repair and paint new, contemporary and historical homes, interior and exterior, with the objective of obtaining amazing results that will last.

Our team has dependable and polite painters who will take care of your painting project and your home making sure all work areas are protected, cleaned and secure. Our staff are fully insured and licensed professionals who operate in an efficient and friendly manner. We also maintain a non-smoking policy.

Because all of that, every single project painted by our employees is done with perfection. This post is dedicated to a summer project done in Wellesley (Massachusetts). This exterior project received paint products from Benjamin Moore and California Paints.

The body of this house was painted with a mix that consists of the “Old Navy 2063-10” from Benjamin Moore as the reference color in the product “Ultra 2010 – Low Sheen” from California Paints.

The trims of this project were painted with another mix: “White Diamond 2121-60” from Benjamin Moore as a color reference in the product “Ultra 2010 – Semi Gloss” from California Paints.  The bulkhead door was finished with “Ultra Spec 500 Low Sheen – Low Sheen (537)” from Benjamin Moore.

If you are interested to see more pictures about this house you can visit our Instagram posts entirely dedicated to this beautiful project (with videos): click here and here.

1)  “Old Navy 2063-10” from Benjamin Moorehttp://bit.ly/2LOKYgA

2)  “White Diamond 2121-60” from Benjamin Moore: http://bit.ly/2OvWzj2

3) “Ultra Spec 500 Low Sheen – Low Sheen (537)”  from Benjamin Moorehttp://bit.ly/2vmrt4z

4) “Ultra 2010 – Semi Gloss” from California Paintshttp://bit.ly/2LEkvmC