Purchased Behr paint for bathroom and bedroom. Bath done, looks fine.
Painter came in for an estimate for the bedroom and sneered at Behr
paint saying painters did not think it of good quality in spite of
Consumer Reports. Any informed opinions?
I've used Behr paints for years, and never had any issues to speak of. The
stuff seems to go on easily and last well. It stands up nicely to the
repeated cleaning that's necessary when you have kids in the house.
What did your painter say WAS of good quality?
Sherwin Williams sells quite a lot more paint to the trade than to the
consumer market, so maybe he's just used to S-W. Or maybe he uses so much
paint that he's got the experience to see differences that would be too
tiny for a home-user to identify.
My local Benjamin Moore dealer just has plain old paint CHIPS. Also,
they do not have those electronic paint analyzers that have been
I did find one at a large local homeowners/lumber yard/garden place.
But the paint dept guy said you have to hold a paint chip in front of
it. So that shoots down
my idea of bringing in a picture whose mat I want to match.
Speaking of BM, do they, in your opinion, fit into the 2% difference
you mention above?
I've always wondered about that. Why can't they put the sensor on a hand-
held gun like the bar-code scanner they use at the grocery store?
We have such a thing in my industry. Its called the Capsure, and it's even
On Mon, 7 Nov 2011 14:51:39 -0800 (PST), Higgs Boson
Keep trying. The one at my paint dealer would work with the picture
I like BM paint, but there are others that will do the job also. I've
used Sherwin Williams, Pittsburgh and a couple of others with about
equal results. I just avoid the really cheap stuff and it is not
cheap after four coats to cover.
Never used Behr so I can't comment.
Used about 80 gal primer and topcoat (each) on the old barn...went on
well, covered well and has held up (10 yr so far). AFAICT it's as good
as the equivalently priced (and their best isn't much, if any, cheaper
than the S-W or others of similar price/quality point). Only reason
went w/ it was this is small market and the S-W folks didn't want to
give any break on pricing to individual while the Borg did. Normally
wouldn't make the trip (65 mi one-way) but had other reasons to be there
and they did ship direct as well so was a couple-$K less overall which
worth the hassle...
Not used their interiors; I'm happy w/ the Glidden Spred for interior
use which is the "house brand" the local DoItBest stocks. It also isn't
much less but some...
S-W's 40-yr was used on the church by the professional painting
contractor after the major hailstorm 6-7 years ago. It has also held up
for the most part; some places are showing but probably again more that
on such large areas of old buildings it's impossible to get every square
inch _completely_ prepared. I've no doubt the other similarly-priced
paints w/ the same preparation would have performed about the same.
IMO, the whole thing has to be a comparison of similar products in
similar environment on same preparation level. Generally the
comparisons aren't so good about whether the products compared are
I've seen Consumer Reports comparisons that included the high-priced
spread in comparisons w/ the WalMart S-W made that is generally a third
or so less. When looking one finds the amounts of pigment and the
higher-costing materials in them are where the difference is. Of
course, there may not be any truly equivalents on the WalMart shelves to
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