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For those of you who used stained wood trim in your room, did you finish it off with a satin or semi-gloss clear coat? I am leaning towards satin to reduce light reflection, but semi-gloss seems to look better on the trim.

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If you have a lot of trim between where you sit and the screen, the less reflective the better. It will be less distracting. One vote satin.
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how much trim are we talking about? base board chair rails corner molding?
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A pic of the room would help
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I'm doing all my trim in satin finish. Semi-gloss is too reflective for my tastes. When you have a very dark room, seeing "dancing reflections" all around the room is distracting.

Besides, wood was meant to look natural, not glossy. I'd go with a tung oil or a stained-and-waxed finish if I could. But I decided against those options since mine is a basement theater and subject to higher humidity levels than the rest of the house.

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Satin. If the extra reflectivity is there you will notice it while watching movies...if you go with satin, you'll never miss the extra sheen in normal lighting, the trim will still look great.

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+1 for satin - I actually prefer the look of a well done satin finish on quality hardwoods.
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+1 for satin - I actually prefer the look of a well done satin finish on quality hardwoods.

I do to, specially on wood with lots of grain, i think the gloss tends to hide a lot of detail. Plus satin will end up being shinier than you want for an HT setting, but im pretty sure theres no such thing as Flat poly...

My hardwoods are satin, still plenty of shine.


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I do to, specially on wood with lots of grain, i think the gloss tends to hide a lot of detail. Plus satin will end up being shinier than you want for an HT setting, but im pretty sure theres no such thing as Flat poly...


Zar makes an "Antique Flat" which is very flat. I love it. Unfortunately, you can't buy it in the stores, you have to order it online.

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Love this kind of look - I guess that's really less sheen than satin, hand rubbed look (tung oil and the like):

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Zar makes an "Antique Flat" which is very flat. I love it. Unfortunately, you can't buy it in the stores, you have to order it online.

I did not know that! I learned something new today

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Love this kind of look - I guess that's really less sheen than satin, hand rubbed look (tung oil and the like):

That is gorgeous.

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There will be quite a bit of trim. I have baseboards, two different layers of crown, and trim on the columns and doors. The room pics area available via my build thread, but I don't have the trim up in the pics so it will be difficult to see where it will go.

Looks like satin is the clear winner! I need to find a good satin now.... I tried some General Finish Satin Gel Varnish, but it has a milky appearance. I will try some other varieties or I will go with a high gloss poly coat and then knock it down to a satin using steel wool.

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Check my build thread, I'm using General Finish Satin. Initially, it just wouldn't cure and harden. It was gummy for about a week. Then it hardened rock hard. I don't know what happened. I tried another sample piece and it worked fine, hardened up in a few hours. I tried a third piece and it also worked fine. I can't imagine what happened the first time around.

But the stuff is pretty hard and it looks satiny. Not too shiny and covers well. Considering that the first test sample was gummy for several days and STILL hardened up, I figure it'll be just fine.

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