1. Is priming necessary? Ive done some patching on the walls (drywall nails popping out mostly), but my biggest pet peeve is when I paint a wall and can see a different texture/color where I patched with drywall mud. Ive always assumed my best bet is to use a good primer first and then put color on top of that, but I figured Id ask here (the room is big enough that saving $$$ on primer is a decent chunk of $$$). As an alternative to priming, would 2 coats of color suffice? I normally prime and then do 2 coats of color on top of that, but Ive never painted a room this large in our house before.
1a. Is there any good way to texture the patches like the rest of the wall? That might eliminate needing the priming step I think.
2. Any suggestions on paint brand? The last few painting projects Ive been using SW SuperPaint, and I like it alot. The wife found a color for this room on Benjamin Moores site, so Im debating trying out their products or just having SW match the color. If BM is the better route, does anyone have insight on their product lines? Regal, Moorcraft, etc. Help with their primers (if its necessary to prime) would be appreciated too. Google returned some older results, I figure by now opinions may have changed since 2003 or 2004.