Burnishing: Increase in gloss or sheen of paint film when subjected to rubbing, scrubbing or having an object brush up against it.
Use of flat paint in high trafficked areas, where a higher sheen level would be desirable.
Frequent washing and spot cleaning.
Objects (furniture, for example) rubbing against the walls.
Use of lower grades of paint with poor stain and scrub resistance (see Poor Stain Resistance and Poor Scrub Resistance.)
Paint heavy wear areas that require regular cleaning (e.g., doors, window sills and trim with a top quality latex paint, because this type of paint offers both durability and easier cleaning capability. In high traffic areas, choose a semi gloss or gloss rather than a flat sheen level.
Clean painted surfaces with a soft cloth or sponge and non-abrasive cleansers; rinse with clean water.
Painting tips & tricks
Drying paint and the temperature
Paint in a ventilated and temperate space. When temperatures are between 10C and 32C there’s no risk, although 15c to 22C is ideal. Latex paint will dry in a few hours at this temperature. Oil-based paints will dry more rapidly in a warm, dry environment.
Wood preparation before painting
When we paint wood, we’re decorating it, but we can also protect it for good if the surface is prepared properly. New wood must be sanded along the grain. Painted or stained wood as well, unless you strip it down to its bare surface. Pores, screw and nail holes can be filled with plastic wood or joint compound, according to the case. Remove all accessories to minimize trimming. Paint over knots with orange shellac to hide them forever. Finally, be sure that the wood is dry and clean.
Painting old moldings
Over the years and after many coats of paint, door frames, windows and wall molding joints are no longer well defined and easy to trim. Carefully trace over the joints with a plasterboard knife using a yardstick if necessary. The traced cut will act as a paint dam? as long as you don’t use too much.
Paint without removing fixtures
To avoid having to remove fixtures before painting, particularly when the pieces are difficult to get off, nothing works like Vaseline petroleum jelly. Just spread it on the surfaces to be protected before starting to paint and when finished, clean the fixtures with a paper towel or a soft cloth.