Question by  coolmoose (22)

What are the differences in auto flat and satin paint?

I am going to be doing some painting soon and need help understanding the terminology.


Answer by  loribugher (462)

Flat is a matte finish, while satin is a light sheen but not shiny finish. Satin would be a bit more light reflective than flat.


Answer by  turkinforalivin (1279)

Flat paint does not have any sheen to it. Satin has a very slight sheen when viewed from a 15 degree angle to the wall.


Answer by  Amber40 (24961)

Well typically flat is the dullest level of gloss paint available. Satin is a few level above this and has a slight sheen to it.


Answer by  Gustaw (118)

Flat paint you can use on the bottom , like a color for your car. The last paint should do with satin or glass clear paint.


Answer by  Diane61 (76)

Flats are rougher and not able to wipe down and clean. They show everything. Satin has a little shinier look and the base allows you to spot clean it.

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