Is Semi-Gloos paint still best for the bathroom?

What is the popular paint sheen choice for bathroom these days?  Egg shell/Satin seem to be used more and more. What is your opinion?

  • October 10 2009 - San Ramon
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I agree with wetdawgs.  If applied correctly, any finish of paint would be just fine in a bathroom.  My preference is Benjamin Moore Paints Regal Products - eggshell on sheetrock (walls, ceiling, etc), semi-gloss or pearl finish at all wood (trim, doors, windows, etc.). 
  • December 01 2009
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Oh....like everything else, he didn't prep correctly.

This place has 90+ years of oil based paint underneath & he used cheap crap to "freshen" it up.  It didn't adhere to the oil underneath.
  • December 01 2009
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Bungalow:  peeling paint has nothing to do with the sheen.   I suspect the walls have moisture in them, or the paint was applied over a greasy surface.

  • November 30 2009
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Satin & semi gloss both work well!

*If anyone sees my PO...smack him upside his head for painting my bath with FLAT!!!!!

It's coming off like a peeling sunburn!!
  • November 30 2009
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My vote is for Satin, since it's cleanable but not so high gloss, although I'd put semi gloss on the ceiling, door frames and door.  I think Semi Gloss on the wall makes it feel harsh and the room will glare at you everytime you go into it, especially if you're using a bright color like yellow, orange, etc.  We only put semi gloss on our ceilings, all the doors and door frames and all the crown molding and floor boards and that was it.  Everything else is either Satin or Eggshell.
  • November 24 2009
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Consider using a specially formulated bathroom/kitchen paint that is supposed to be more mildew resistant than regular paints. They come in both satin and semi gloss finish, depending on the brand.
  • October 10 2009
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Gloss or semi gloss is your best bet.  Go to a building suplly store and talk to a paint expert to show and describe the differences for you.

Good Luck.
  • October 10 2009
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