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BURNISHING is evident in an area that shows an unwanted increase in the gloss or sheen of a paint film when it is subjected to rubbing or scrubbing or has an object brush up against it.


  • The use of matt paint in high traffic areas, where a sheen paint would have been more desirable
  • Frequent washing and spot cleaning
  • Use of lower grades of paint with poor stain and scrub resistance
  • Washing of the painted surface with cleaning products containing ammonia


  • Paint heavy traffic areas that require regular cleaning with a top-quality, washable product, for example, Premium Sheen or Ultra Sheen.
  • Rather use a low sheen, washable product than a matt finish product.
  • Clean painted surfaces with a soft cloth or sponge and non-abrasive, paint friendly cleansers