What makes a good paint? I'm trying to repaint my oak cabinet. The lady at
the paint store recommends L&P's Accolade paint over BEHR (from home depot)
which is double the price and with far less selection of colors. I thought
as long as I get 100% acrylic, then I should be fine. Is the finish
smoother with better quality paint?
thx in advance
L&P is expensive paint. Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore paint is
very good. Lots of preparation work makes a good paint job. Lightly
sand using a sanding block and 220 grit between coats to get a smooth
finish. Also, it is best to have what is being painted on a
horizontal surface to prevent drips and sags. Use a quality brush,
and the proper kind (nylon, natural, etc) of brush for the paint
selected. Take extra care to allow the paint to fully cure
undisturbed for one month.
Do you guys mean Pratt & Lambert? <G>
If so, it is expensive, but I find it's excellent stuff.
Brand is usually secondary to me over color. Many brands have certain
colors that others don', so I go with that brand's best stuff. I've
had great results with P&L, Muralo, Benjamin Moore, and Sherwin
Remember, some brands do certain colors better than others. One guy's
yellow or red may cover and resist fading than another. Another's
white may cover and resist yellowing better than others.
Some folks have had good results with Behr, but I prefer to stay out
of big box stores.
There are only 2 trim paints on the market that can produce a sprayed
on quality finish look. And none are latex or at Box Stores, nor PPG or
Sherwin Williams or the competition.
Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo and Impervo and Pratt and Lambert Oil
trim. Sand with 220 till perfectly smooth use Penetrol till it doesnt
drag and use it regularly to thin, and a tack cloth and a Chinese
Expensive, but all quality is. Its the way it was normaly done, many
HD is running a $5 off gal so I tried their int mildew resistant semi-gloss
Pure White for the bathroom ceiling. I was covering a dirty off white. 2 coats
didn't do it and I thought the paint was a little watery for my taste. Part of
the ceiling was a light shaft for the skylight. Theres a couple of places up
their that could use a little more but 3 strikes and your out. Next gallon its
back to Ben.
I purchased some BEHR paint from Home Depot this year to paint a
couple of rooms in my house. I did not like it at all. Its not a
terrible paint but it isn't good either. For one of the colors even
after 4 coats the trim (already primed) still looked spotty. I also
felt that it didn't stick to the walls well like other good quality
paints. Lots of it came off when we removed the painter's tape.
After that experience I decided that in the future I'll only go with
Benjamin Moore paints.
How much did you pay per gallon for the Behr paint? Usually you have to pay
$30.-40. per gallon for good quality paint.
Go to www.HistoricHomeWorks.com , click on Library, and click on Coatings
Articles, to learn more about paint, why it fails and what to do about it.
Cheap paint is usually very poor value. Expensive/quality paint is
usually cheapest in the long run. (less coats, less labor, longer
I always use Pratt and Lambert Accolade for interior work. Avoid Behr
like the plague!!
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