Eggshell vs Satinwood: The Ultimate Guide

Most home remodeling projects aren’t finished until the paint is applied. Choosing the appropriate interior paint color for your walls, trim, and furniture can make or break your room.

Eggshell and satinwood are two of the most popular paint finishes among both DIYers and pros. Both paints are suitable for most interior applications.

Satinwood may be a better fit for your project than eggshell, depending on your vision.

In this essay, we’ll look at the differences between eggshell and satinwood paint, comparing costs, performance, upkeep, and usage situations.

What is eggshell paint good for?

This is a frequently asked question by homeowners. Eggshell paint is considerably less reflective than glossy or flat paint.

While eggshell is sturdy enough for most rooms, it isn’t tough enough for bathrooms or kitchens, which get the most use in the house. Eggshell paint is a great choice for hallways, bedrooms, basements, and other low-traffic areas of the home.

You can also use eggshell paint finish on ceilings if you are in a pinch, as I was on a recent project. Its low sheen makes it an acceptable choice. It is crucial to remember that flat paint is a far better choice for ceilings due to its low shine and low cost.

What is Satinwood paint good for?

Satinwood paint differs from other paints in that it falls right in the middle of the paint sheen and gloss spectrum. Satinwood paint has a sheen rating of 5 on a scale of 1-10. In comparison, high gloss paints are a 10, eggshell paints are a 2, and flat paints are a 0 or 1.

Satinwood paint is ideal for use on wood surfaces such as cabinets, door frames, and trim. Wood surfaces in a space bring an otherwise boring room to life. Using a higher gloss paint, such as satinwood, is therefore highly beneficial in this regard.

Satinwood paint, while highly reflective, is also long-lasting, making it ideal for use in bathrooms, kitchens, children’s rooms, and other high-traffic areas.

Eggshell vs Satinwood: Which is More Durable?

Satinwood paint is more durable than eggshell paint and is therefore suitable to be applied in areas of the home that are heavily used. Bathrooms and kitchens fall into this category.

The matte finish of satinwood paint adds a unique touch and also makes it a great choice for bathroom floors, furniture and accessories. Eggshell paint is ideal for areas that are not heavily used, such as hallways or bedrooms.

What makes Satinwood more durable?

Eggshell and Satinwood paint are made with the same ingredients: Pigments, binders, solvents and additives. Pigments give paint its color while binders give paints their durability.

In comparison to eggshell paint, satinwood paint contains more binders than pigments. These binders are responsible for satinwood’s significantly better durability.

The difference in durability may be seen between the two coatings. Satinwood paint will weather more than eggshell paint since it takes longer to fracture or peel off the surface due to the higher concentration of binders in the paint formulation.

Eggshell or Satinwood: Which is Cheaper?

Calculating the total cost of using eggshell or satinwood paints for your project is not as simple as it may appear.

There are three major things to consider when determining the cost of your project.

Paint Cost

Satinwood Paints typically cost about 50% more than eggshell paint. A gallon of Behr eggshell paint is about $19, while a gallon of the Satinwood version will cost about $27.

This is not surprising given that satinwood paints have a higher sheen and are more durable.

Tools Used for your Project

The size of my painting project will determine what tool I choose to use.

For smaller projects with more detail required, such as woodworking and pearl finishes, brushes will do the trick. When I paint with a brush, I rarely thin the paint which means that I use a lot more of it.

When painting larger surfaces in larger rooms (dining rooms, living rooms etc), I typically break out my sprayer. In many cases, in order to use the sprayer effectively, I thin the paint which means that I use a lot more of it.

Painter’s Skill

I have been painting for over 20 years for myself and in my contracting business. So I know all the tricks of the trade. If you are a DIYer, you may find that you make more application mistakes, which will increase the amount of paint used on your project.

Eggshell or Satinwood: Which is easier to maintain?

When selecting a paint finish, it is easy to forget that the paint is only applied once. But you have to deal with it on a daily basis. As a result, while deciding which paint finish to use, it is critical to consider how easy your paint finish is to maintain.

Satinwood has a higher gloss than Eggshell paints, making it slicker and therefore easier to clean. In many instances, a basic cloth rag will suffice – however, if you’re feeling brave, you may use your Swiffer to clean walls in heavy traffic areas with a satin finish.

Satinwood’s high shine gloss highlights surface imperfections in your paint work. The eggshell finish is less reflective than satinwood and is far more forgiving when it comes to flaws.

In my house we have a few kids and hiding imperfections causes by matchbox cars flying into nicely painted walls is of utmost importance to me.

Final Thoughts: Is Eggshell better than Satinwood Paint?

There is a reason why eggshell finishes and satinwood paints are so popular. In most cases, they can be used interchangeably.

When you need a Sheen that is relatively inexpensive and hides defects nicely, Eggshell paint is preferable to Satin paint. Eggshell, on the other hand, requires more effort to clean, which may make it less attractive in some applications.

Satinwood is a more glossy, long-lasting paint finish that is ideal for high-traffic areas of the home like as bathrooms and kitchens. It’s also a popular choice for woodworking tasks.

Satinwood’s high gloss finish makes it easy to clean.

We used eggshell paint throughout our home (excluding the ceilings) since it was less expensive and more forgiving. However, as our children grow older, we plan to add more satinwood in various areas of the house to achieve a higher end look and durability.

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