The gloss of paint can wear down when subjected to rubbing, scrubbing or having an object brush up against it.

Possible Cause

Burnishing commonly occurs where a flat paint is used in highly trafficked areas rather than paint with a higher level of sheen. Frequent washing and spot cleaning can also exacerbate burnishing, especially on lower quality paints with poor stain resistance and poor scrub resistance.



Paint heavy wear areas such as doors, window sills and trim with a premium semi gloss or gloss acrylic enamel like Dulux Wash&Wear®. This type of paint offers both durability and easier cleaning capability. In high traffic areas, choose a low sheen, semi-gloss or gloss rather than a flat sheen level. Clean painted surfaces with a soft damp cloth or sponge and non-abrasive cleansers; rinse with clean water.

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