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Burnishing

Definition

Increase in gloss or sheen of the paint film when rubbed, scrubbed or brushed up against; more noticeable in darker colors.

Causes

  • Use of a flat paint in high-traffic areas where a finish with a higher sheen level would have better resistance to burnishing
  • Frequent washing and spot-cleaning
  • Use of abrasive cloth and/or cleaners
  • Use of low-quality paints with poor stain and scrub resistance (see Poor Stain Resistance for more information)

Solutions

  • Paint high-traffic areas with a superior paint.
  • Consider using paint with higher gloss or sheen in these areas.
  • Clean painted surfaces with a soft cloth or sponge and non-abrasive cleaners; rinse with water.

Product Recommendations

Primer

Desired Finish

Recommended Product

Undercoaters

INTER-KOTE® Premium

Low odor | Zero voc interior

Surface

Recommended Primer

Please note that these suggestions are provided as a service to you. We are unable to guarantee or be responsible for the results obtained by these procedures. If you have additional questions, ask any of our expert sales associates.