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Choosing the Right Sheen

To achieve the look you want, there are several important factors to consider before choosing a stain. Color and opacity may be the first things you think about, but don't forget about sheen—the degree of gloss—or lack of gloss—you see on the finished surface.

When choosing a sheen, consider all aspects of the project. In addition to thinking about the way it looks, there are some other factors to consider:

Function—Think about the use of the item you're finishing. For example, a gloss finish will transform a tired table into a bright centerpiece in a room; a satin finish is ideal for enhancing a wood's natural beauty.

Durability—In general, higher (glossier) sheens are more durable and provide greater protection.

To help you make the right choice, here's a quick overview of each sheen and its appropriate application.

Choosing a sheen:Satin Satin Description: A traditional choice for a natural appearance.
Application: Apply in high-use areas such as windowsills, floors and tabletops.

Choosing a sheen:Semi-Gloss Semi-gloss Description: The perfect combination of natural beauty and durable performance.
Application: Floors, tables and furniture, depending on the desired look you want.

Choosing a sheen:Gloss Gloss Description: The premium choice for a lustrous finish with added depth and brilliance.
Application: Floors, tables and furniture. Use when you want a glass-like reflection.

Finishing a floor? Never use furniture finishes on a floor. Due to the pounding floors take, they require finishes that are specially formulated for strength and durability, such as Cabothane Water-borne Floor Finish.

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