View Poll Results: Gloss or Semi-gloss?

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Thread: White Shop Walls - Gloss or Semi-gloss?

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    White Shop Walls - Gloss or Semi-gloss?

    Almost time to paint. Going with white. Those of you who have done this, did you go gloss or semi-gloss and do you wish you'd done the other?
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    My personal preference is paneling. White is great for brightening up the place but inevitably looks very dirty and worn due to dust, bumps, and abrasions. I save the white paint for the ceiling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Almost time to paint. Going with white. Those of you who have done this, did you go gloss or semi-gloss and do you wish you'd done the other?
    I went with the semi - it cleans up as well as the gloss without the shinny, show every defect finish. I would recommend going with a super white if you're looking for reflectivity. It really makes a difference. Many manufacturers will print a reflectivity factor on the can. Get the highest number you can.
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    The interior walls and ceilings of both my shops (one at home, one at our camp) are painted with white gloss in order to get as much reflected light as possible. I have found the walls do not get dirty and that they are easy to maintain.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Glenn, gloss paint will sometimes put out a glare from lighting. And glare can affect your vision in adverse ways. Semi would be the way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    do you wish you'd done the other?
    Had bunch paint left over (popcorn paint) never again
    holds the dust...............should have went and paid for the paint and did it right..................

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    I have found that semi-gloss paint is somewhat less reflective than gloss. Both tend to allow the sawdust to slide off easily which makes cleaning more likely. I used gloss on the ceiling areas where I have ceiling and semi-gloss everywhere else. Of course very little of my shop has ceiling or interior walls.
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    On the walls ABOVE the work tops of the lower cabinets I'm using semigloss white. From those work tops/benches (or whatever you want to call them) down, the walls on three sides are an exterior paneling and the other wall has drywall. On these lower walls I will use a LIGHT color semigloss, (color not picked yet) as I just wanted Some color in there, and most will be covered with lower cabinets and benches anyhow. The stationary tools are all out in the middle part of the shop. I may never get a REAL ceiling in there, but the roof has fiberglass insulation under the metal, with it's white vinyl moisture barrier showing to the inside of the bldg.

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    I went with Super Bright White semi-gloss, and would do it again. (Well, no...I hope I don't have to paint all those walls again...but you know what I mean...)

    The semi-gloss lets dust slide off, provides plenty of reflectivity, but not the glare that the gloss would have.

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