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Types of Paint



As a go-to painting contractor in MA, Moura Quality Painting & Contracting knows all there is about various kinds of paint necessary to make your home or commercial space look fantastic. Though we know the ins and outs of this business, we’d love to share some basic information with our customers.


Primer protects the material beneath new, uncoated surfaces and provides a good base for further coats. It adheres to a variety of surfaces and seals them which prevents discoloration and stains from appearing and helps the top coats adhere better to the surface.

First Coat

A first coat is a specially formulated paint used to build up opacity beneath finished coats. One or two coats are typically needed before the finish coat is applied. You should use a pale first coat beneath pale finish coats and a dark first coat beneath dark finish coats.

Finish Coats

Once the base coat has been applied, or previously painted surfaces have been washed down, it is time to apply the decorative finish. The types of finishes are:

  • Flat

Usually used for walls and ceilings and is a latex-based, versatile option. Some formulations have vinyl to make them more hardwearing. Flat is best used on siding materials. It can help materials cope with moisture. An exterior flat is available with a smooth or rough texture.

  • Eggshell

More durable than flat, eggshell has a slight sheen that can vary. It is most commonly used on interior wood surfaces as an alternative to semi-gloss. It can also be used on wall surfaces where a long-lasting finish is required. Two coats typically give an even color.

  • Gloss

Used mainly on wooden and metal surfaces, gloss is a hardwearing finishing paint. Some glosses are formulated for exposed exterior surfaces and are generally applied as a single coat over one or two coats of primer.

  • Satin

Satin is slightly less shiny than gloss and increasingly popular, especially for interior woodwork. Almost all gloss and satin paints are suitable for interior or exterior use.

Instead of worrying about if you chose the right finish for your home, let Moura painting help. Our in-house team of trained professionals are ideal painters in or near Auburn , MA who are ready to help make your home beautiful.

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