Sahihi Interior Builders
5 min readNov 25, 2018


When looking to renovate or do some maintenance work for your commercial space, choice of paint finishing is one of the most important aspects that you should invest time in. Some research before deciding is always worth it. Paint finishing is more than just picking a color for your wall. With all the time, cost and labor that is put into this job, you want to get it right the first time.

For you to do so successfully, this blog will provide some insight on types of paint and methods of application.

Before settling for a specific type of paint, evaluate the space you intend to paint based on its location in the building or floor, it’s purpose and positioning of furniture and decor.

Types of paint

The basic rule of thumb when choosing paint sheens is, the higher the sheen, the higher the shine. And the higher the shine, the more durable it will be.

There are many types of paint. Two main ones that are used in interior painting are vinyl matte, which have a sheen and are also oil based, and vinyl silk, which have a gloss. Also known as gloss paint.

Vinyl matte

Vinyl matte

Flat and matte paint: These paint finishes deliver a smooth subtle look and show little or no reflection since the nature of the paint sheen is to absorb light. Flat and matte finishes cover imperfections in surface and applications. They could make a great choice for ceilings, conference rooms and hallways. Due to its cleaning difficulty, flat and matte paint cannot be used in spaces such as kitchen areas or bathrooms. Scrubbing will remove this kind of paint.

Vinyl silk

Vinyl silk

Eggshell: Eggshell paint can refer to a color, usually off white, but the reference generally is for sheen.

Eggshell paint

Since there is no standard paint sheen, one company’s eggshell could be another company’s satin or low gloss. This finish is a bit more durable than flat and matte paint, but it keeps the shine factor to a minimum.

Satin: This finish has a smooth velvety look. It is also slightly glossier than flat and eggshell finishes.

Satin paint is probably the most used paint for commercial interior painting. This is because the paint is better at withstanding wear and tear. Paint with a satin finish is formulated to hold up to cleaning and light scrubbing. If this finish is not applied with a careful hand, one can easily be able to see brush and roller strokes left behind.

Semi-gloss: Semi-gloss finishes are the most favorable choice for commercial painting projects that demand maximum durability. This finish is also easily cleaned without losing its shine.

Some commercial facilities that can benefit from semi-gloss finishes range from hotels, resorts, restaurants, kitchens and warehouses to office buildings and retail businesses.

Gloss: Glossy paints are shiny and reflect most light and reflect most light in the mirror like direction. Gloss finishes can be used in areas that receive a lot of traffic such as lobbies and hallways.

Glossy paints

When it comes to paint application, it’s important to note that commercial painting is more than creating pretty walls. For any commercial property owner, maintenance is often a big issue. Commercial painting should create a lasting impression on people, and it must look welcoming to visitors. Therefore, it’s highly important to pay attention to the methods of application.

Methods of application

Paint brush method: Sometimes the classic paint brush is what you need to get the job done. Paint brushes come in all shapes, sizes and bristles. It all depends with what you want to achieve. Small paint brushes are excellent for smaller details

Dip coating: On some projects, you may have certain elements the need to be entirely covered in paint, quickly and efficiently. If you use a dip coating method, you can dip the element into the paint directly, and allow it to dry. This kind of method works best in thick paints that have a strong adhesive quality.

Dip coating

Roller: Using a roller to apply paint allows you to transfer paint faster and efficiently. Rollers come in different forms, therefore, they produce different results. This paint system is great for concrete and cement screeds.

Roller painting

Air spray: Air spraying is fantastic for industrial jobs. An air sprayer uses air to atomize the paint into a mist or a fine spray

Air spray

Airless sprayer: This type of a sprayer atomizes paint at a much higher pressure than and air sprayer. It’s great in spraying more efficiently and it can handle thicker coatings better too.

Airless sprayer



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