What is satin paint? When, why and where to use it

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Knowing the answer to what is satin paint helps you decide if it’s the perfect choice for your next paint project. Should you use a satin paint rather than a gloss paint or even a matt paint on your walls, windows, doors and skirting boards?

Satin is just one of many types of paint that can be used on your DIY paint projects. But why choose satin paint above other paints? Its subtle finish is often one reason that it frequents many homes, but it's more than just its finish. Here we take a look at what satin paint it is, where you would use it and what qualities it brings to a project. 

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Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.