I'm a landlord, own several houses I currently rent. Based on my
experience with Behr brand exterior house paint purchased from Home
Depot, I'll never buy that Behr brand guano or any paint from Home
I'm also a landlord in the same situation and can't say that I agree.
I've used Behr soild color exterior stain on three houses and one
garage with excellent results. So far, I've truly gotten 10 years and
counting out of their 20 Plus stain.
Also, I've used Behr exterior white semi-gloss trim enamel and have
found it to be excellent. Even Consumer Reports (ya, I know they are
not perfect) has rated Behr highly.
What grade of Behr paint did you buy and how/where was it used?
I've also had good luck with their America's Best interior medium
grade paint (made for them by Glidden/ICI Industries).
Also they sell about three grades of Glidden, also well rated.
I did have poor luck with one can of Behr interior enamel. It seemed
runny and the color was not consistent even after mixing.
Which is the key question. All paint companies have different grades of paint
ranging from colored water to one coat, 30 year coverage.
The big box stores (and Wal Mart) feature the cheaper grades, but you can find
the better stuff if you look.
"Tell me what I should do, Annie."
"Stay. Here. Forever." - Life On Mars
Of course they looked! They looked right past the quality, for the
cheapest price. They're slumlords, you really didn't think they couldn't
find a better paint, did you? They probably even mixed their paint 50/50
All brands have a cheap line and a top line, I bet you are buying the
cheapest and dont buy what is needed, ex you probably dont know what
grade is needed for a single coat from experiance, you guess, and
No, I agree with Jim: Behr paint is not good, period. We just used
the deluxe interior latex for bathrooms and kitchens, and the
performance was far worse than the same type of product by Valspar
(Lowe's). The Behr didn't cover well, and the color was not good. The
Valspar covered almost perfectly in a single coat, and the color is
very rich. I'll also never buy Behr, and several of my friends agree,
having had the same negative experiences with this product line.
Guess results and opinions are like the proverbial appendages --
everybody has their own...
Used the Behr exterior on the barn here and it worked (spray
application) extremely well, covered well and has/is holding up well. I
have been quite satisfied.
Don't recall the name of the particular product, but it was the premium
line and not that much less than any other of similar quality -- about
$80/5-gal bucket iirc, including a volume discount of 10% or so,
five/six years ago, I forget which w/o looking it up. Retail was
probably pushing $20/gal then. I suspect if buy a $10/gal paint instead
of $20, one will find it doesn't stand up to the higher priced...
Can't go by just the cost of the paint. The most expensive paint on a rental
(due to abuse) may only last 3 years while a cheaper brand will last just as
long. No need for a 20 year paint if you know you needed to repaint every 5
years. Consumer Report did a comparison and surprised (maybe not) to see one
of the most expensive paints rated on the bottom.
Abuse has nothing whatsoever to do with the paint itself...
And while there have been some of the tests CR has done that have shown
one or two of the more expensive didn't perform for some reason, in
general it is true that the actual paint quality (in terms of amount of
pigment, etc.) is correlated w/ price, no unsurprisingly.
OP was talking about paint on his rental units and for that high price paint
doesn't do any better than a good cheap one due to the accelerated ware and
tear. Its the same reason you don't install top of the line carpet in a
rental unit as you know you need to replace it every 7 years down the line.
Really if an expensive paint that could last 10 years in a rental, I'll be
the first one to buy it. Paint is cheap, labor is not. Maintaining rentals
since 1980 and used hundreds of gallons of paint since. Just my experience,
may not be yours - YMMV.
He also was talking about _EXTERIOR_ paint, not interior, and also made
blanket condemnation of Behr paints w/o consideration of _which_
I simply pointed out there are at least some with which I have had
excellent results not matching his generic claim...
We have vacation rentals. We use top of the line on everything, but then,
we get up to 5x the note for a month of rentals. Slightly different than
the average rental.
Hundreds of gallons? Must be pretty thick by now.
Funny. For a whole house, typical for me is 15 gallons for interior and 15
gallons for exterior. One rental took about 25 gallons just on the interior.
I use a commercial airless for speed so may not be as economical (paint
wise) as someone using a brush.
I have a commercial property that gets tag about once a week or once a
month. Not saying owner occupied properties don't get tag but don't see it
as much as the rental units like store fronts or apartments.
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