Pick Your Sheen

A paint's gloss, or lack of it, is not just about aesthetics. It also affects how a paint performs and, therefore, where it's applied.

1. Satin/eggshell: Best for siding because it's a low-reflective finish that's good at hiding surface imperfections. It has a slight gloss, so it stays cleaner, is more easily washed, and stands up to abrasion better than flat or matte paints.
2. Semigloss: This shinier sheen is easier to clean, more durable, and more moisture resistant than a satin or eggshell paint. Best for trim, particularly on windowsills, which take the brunt of the weather.
3. High gloss: This resin-rich formula is resilient and dirt-repellent, and adds richness and depth to colors. It also magnifies surface imperfections and requires skillful application. Use it sparingly; best for shutters, doors, and surfaces you touch or come in close proximity to.

Similar to shown: Serious Gray (siding), Extra White (trim), and Wild Current (shutters) in Duration, about $70 per gallon; sherwin-williams.com
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