Burnishing or marring occurs if the gloss or sheen of paint film increases or decreases when subjected to repeated rubbing or washing. Learn why these problems occur—and how to prevent them from happening in the first place.

How to Prevent Paint from Burnishing or Marring

Here are some solutions to help you prevent this problem on job sites or in your own home:

  • Paint heavy-traffic areas that require regular cleaning with a top-quality satin, semi-gloss or eggshell latex paint, which are more durable and easy to clean
  • Use quality paint: Lower-quality paint may burnish both light and deep colors
  • Avoid using a flat sheen on walls in high-traffic areas
  • Prevent furniture and other objects from rubbing against the painted surface
  • When necessary, clean painted surfaces with non-abrasive cleansers using a soft cloth or sponge, and rinse with clean water
  • For maximum durability, wait at least two weeks after painting before washing the surface
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