Paint Burnishing Causes & Solutions

What is Burnishing?

Have you ever noticed that your painted ceiling or wall is starting to show brush marks or is losing its colour? Your problem may not be the paint, but actually what you may be doing to the painted surface unintentionally, which could be a result of burnishing. As surfaces are continually scrubbed or washed with abrasive cleaning agents such as scourers or hard liquids, the painted surface tends to show signs of wear and tear, including loss of colour or painting streaks.

The painted surface can also lose its colour if furniture or other objects rub against painted walls or hinges. Use of flat paints can also make for a poorer stain or scrub resistance, especially during repeated spot cleaning. As a rule of thumb, areas that require cleaning on a regular basis should be painted with higher quality latex paints; while a semi-gloss paint should be used in more open areas, such as places with furniture or movable objects.

Generally, high quality latex paint have more durability and provide easier cleaning surfaces once painted, and a semi-gloss paint has a better shine. Using these specific paints specifically for certain surfaces will get the intended look and longer-lasting colour and durability for a better effect; while ensuring that surfaces are kept clean and are more resistant to signs of wear and tear. This can be achieved by simply using non-abrasive cleaners, such as a damp cloth and clean water.