Frank Schifano , May 04, 2011; 11:11 p.m.
Well, what's your preference? Do you prefer RC to FB, or the other way around. I like a glossy finish for most things on FB paper, but there are some subjects that do well with a matte finish - formal portraiture comes to mind. If I'm contemplating hand coloring a print, then there's no real choice. You'll need a FB, matte surface. The glossy paper doesn't have enough "tooth" to hold onto the oil pastels I use for that job.
As far as scratch resistance goes, matte or semi-matte will not show fine scratches as readily as a glossy finish, but I would not use that criteria to dictate my choice of paper surface
(hand colored Amaryllis -- 768 x 618 photo)