Explaining eicó paint finishes

eicó offer a broad range of different paint finishes, and deciding which finish is the most suitable option can be confusing. The following details should explain the difference between finishes and make this decision a little easier.

All eicó paints are high quality and offer excellent protection for walls, woodwork, metal and any other surfaces you may choose to paint. In addition, these finishes are invariably washable (up to 2,000 times) without detrimental effect to the finish (many other paints – typically referred to as ‘wipeable – lose their sheen when washed with water), and can be applied to any one of the following substrates:

Cement – Concrete – Glass fibre – Lining paper – Masonry – Particle-board – Plaster-board – Rendered plaster – Steel (primed) – Wood (primed)

Essentially, the main difference between eicó finishes is their sheen level, which is given in percentages and effectively describes how reflective paint is. Completely matt surfaces at 0%, for example, have no reflection – looking at them would be similar to looking into the distance. A 100% sheen level would be similar to looking into mirrors.

Here are the main eicó finishes, their sheen levels, and the areas they are most suitable for.


This finish has a sheen level of 4 % and provides a subtle, smooth finish on interior ceilings and walls. Unlike many other low sheen chalk products, where sheen levels range between 2 % and 4 %, this finish – a mixture of latex and acrylic/ water based paint – does not leave brush marks and can be washed without using wipe-marks.

High solid particle density provides this finish with excellent filling/ hiding power for imperfections, making it also suitable as a base coat.

Alterior Matt

Also referred to as ‘flat matt’, this finish has a 5 % sheen level and is suitable for ceilings, interior/ exterior walls, primed structural steel, roof tiles and more.

This product hides imperfections extremely well; does not pick dirt up easily; has good weathering properties and – like all eicó paints – is washable, making it suitable for areas with moderate to high traffic.


The 15 % sheen level of this paint provides a hard, high-resistance surface in a slightly more reflective, semi-matt finish. Low dirt-pick-up, excellent colour retention and good washability make this finish ideal for interior ceilings and walls, as well as primed wood and metal surfaces.

Alterior Eggshell

Providing a soft, velvety finish not unlike an eggshell (as the name suggests), this finish has a 20 % sheen level. A combination of excellent colour retention and weathering properties; good hiding power for imperfections, low dirt pick-up and – of course – washability makes this finish ideal for both high traffic interior and exterior use on walls, ceilings, roof tiles, woodwork and more.

Alterior Satin

The elegant, soft finish of Alterior Satin is due to its 30 % sheen level. Highly dirt, mildew, moisture and stain resistant, this finished can be washed/ scrubbed gently, making it suitable for interior and exterior use. Perfect for high traffic areas and areas regularly exposed to moisture – bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, etc – this finish can be applied to ceilings, doors, shutters, trims, walls, woodwork and more. For flooring, eicó Alterior Satin Floors, which has essentially the same qualities as Alterior Satin, is recommended.

Alterior Gloss

The high sheen level (85%) of eicó Alterior Gloss provides an elegant reflective surface high in colour retention and moisture/ mildew resistance; low on dirt pick-up and subsequently ideal for cabinets, doors, mouldings, trims, woodwork and more in areas of high level hygiene requirements – bathrooms, kitchens, medical environments and commercial/ industrial food processing.

As imperfections on surfaces to be painted tend to show up more with paints that have high sheen levels, it should be noted that thorough preparation – including sanding down, priming, application of undercoats – is essential when using these finishes.

In essence, all eicó finishes may be used on any given surface. Which finish is ultimately the most suitable choice depends on density of traffic, required frequency of cleaning and the amount of imperfections potentially needing to be hidden.

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