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I've done my share of painting too... In my answer, I suggested both "satin" and "semi-gloss". The latter is a more common term in industrial applications. Since Bett added the context later, "semi-gloss" is the best choice. Go with Amy's answer.
Dear Amy and Sula,
this is not about decorative paint, it is about industrial finishing of parts.
They are painting parts of machines (industrial fans ) in order that they do not rust. So, I need something that conveys the meaning, but is still technical...
From all the excellent suggestions given so far, I think semi-gloss is probably the best... Do you agree?
The main argument against semi-gloss is that the paint type 'semi-brilho' exists in portuguese! I'm not in Brazil at the moment but from memory the following are types of MATT paint: brilho, semi-fosco e fosco.
Bett. The problem is to choose between semi-gloss and satin which are different variants of enamel paint. Semifosco would suggest an emphasis on matt as in semi-matt (literally). 'acetinado' is a satin finish so I suppose semi-gloss it must be!
Bett, it seems that these "finishing types" are paints for walls, houses, house and window trim, am I right? If so, then I stick by semi-gloss. If not, please let us know.
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