Posts Tagged: Gloss

Flag a feature and create a hint of luxury in your kitchen

Do you want to make the most of your open plan living? Fancy that shiny modern look? Learn how to avoid ripples, when going for high-gloss cabinets. Here are some things you want to consider when catching the light in your combined front room dining area.

The modern light filled seafront loft is the latest trend. „More and more clients are asking for the shiny translucent look that brings the insight out”, says Tim O’Brien, Dianella Polishing Production Manager.

Cabinet makers can provide you with several options to achieve that look.  You can chose of acrylic doors, glass doors, MDF (medium density fibreboard) laminate or melamine boards.

Ripples are too much of a seaside theme 

The different materials come with an according price tag. Most of the times it does not matter which substrate you choose. All materials can be finished with the same range of paint from Satin (30% gloss) over Semi Gloss (60% gloss) to high gloss (100%gloss) and Gloss Buff.

However the higher the gloss level is, the more susceptible are your cabinet doors to ripples. This is when the substrate matters.

Ripples on sprayed cabinet doors have their name from those very similar structures you see

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Gloss Levels: Which is Right for Your Project?

Choosing Gloss and Paint


Gloss levels

You’ve decided you are ready to repaint those kitchen cabinets or the front door. When it comes to deciding on colour, you also must decide on gloss level. Here’s a guide to help you figure out which gloss level is right for your project.

Manufacturers use different words to describe different gloss levels. Here at Dianella Polishing, we use this scale:

Matt (10%)

Satin (30%)

Semi-Gloss (60%)

Gloss (100%)

In order to minimize confusion, refer to the percentage, e.g. 10%, instead of the name of the gloss level when placing orders with different manufacturers.


Uses: Although Matt is the least shiny level of all gloss levels, it shows fingerprints the easiest. It is most commonly used on ceilings and walls. It’s best for surfaces with many imperfections. Since Matt doesn’t reflect light, it is also ideal for home theatres.

Care: Matt is a great finish because it can generally be touched up without having to repaint the entire surface. However, it is hard to clean.


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