We had the sheet rock in bathrooms repainted. The painter said that
he used a flat Glidden paint "for bathrooms". I googled for this but
didn't find it. This website:
says to use a semi-gloss for bathrooms, not a flat paint. Is there
such a paint as he says (Glidden, flat, for bathrooms) or did he use
the wrong kind?
Washable flat paint has been around for a while.
I dunno what you googled for. When I googled "Glidden washable flat
paint" (without quotes) I got plenty of hits.
One of life's better lessons, learned before adding on an addition the
wrong way :o) Always, always do some research to learn about what you
want to hire a contractor for; makes for less fooling around getting
estimates and helps clear the fog as to what you REALLY want and expect
and get it spelled out in the bid. My other rule for contractors is to
find one who has done work for someone you know so you can see and learn
how the process went. I think references from strangers are a dime a dozen.
While it's not unusual to find semigloss in bathrooms
or kitchens, I would not go so far as to say it's
traditional. I have not had it in any of mine. Nor do I
see it much in other peoples homes. I use
an eggshell type which is between a semi and flat.
Or I'd use the washable flat, unless you have so much
crap flying around in the kitchen that you have to
clean the walls regularly. In which case maybe it's
time to figure out why.
Semi is just too shiny and it also shows defects
on the surfaces that would not be seen with a flat
The guy favors using Glidden flat paint when he paints bathrooms. That
does not mean that he uses a special bathroom flat paint. Do you know what
paint he used? I think you misunderstood your painter. Are you having
problems with the paint job?
He is not a professional painter - he was doing maintenance there. The
job was done Friday. He told me that he was using paint designed for
bathrooms, but when I saw it Friday it was flat. I knew that usually
eggshell or semi-gloss was used for bathrooms, so I was surprised when
it was flat. Last night I looked up Glidden paints on their website
and they recomend their semi-gloss for bathrooms and high-moisture
Flat in moist areas (baths, kitchens, exteriors) might let a little more
dust and moisture cling to the surface. One flat paint is washed a time
or two, it often loses some of the matte so's it is a trace more glossy
and smooth. Just out of curiosity, it would be interesting to know why
he chose flat; my money is on leftovers from another job :o)
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