We are painting our home interior for the first time, and we would
like help in choosing where to buy our paint. We have visited Sherwin
Williams and were very impressed by the service. However, I am
starting to hear that their paints are not very good. We are planning
to use light colors in a satin finish. The current walls are white
with water stains that will require priming. Can someone help us?
We use top of the line Kelly Moore paints and have for decades. They
go on easily, don't string out like some paints, are free from debris
and trash (ever tried to use an airless with a brand spanking new
bucket of paint that has lots of crap in it?), and last very well.
This is both in rental house usage as well as our own home. Interior
and exterior paints.
They key to any paint job is the prep. Do a good job of it.
I agree, about the only paint products I buy at the Big Box Stores are
caulk, caulking guns, painter's tape, drop cloths, etc. Never the
(Remove the Primes before e-mailing me)
Prep is the most important thing. I've never had a bad experience with any
paint, unless it is really cheap stuff. SW is fine.
For your water stains, you'll need to prime with something like "BIN" made
by Zinnsser. It is available anywhere.
I didn't like Bin compared to Killz. I used killz and then eggshell
paint by Behr and Ralph Lauren by Behr. The costlier latter required
more coats but felt thicker and smelled delectable. In hindsight, the
Behr color selection wasn't bad at all.
Don't be too concerned about the service you get from the paint store.
It is the paint you are putting on the walls, not the service.
When comparing paints, it is important to compare the same type of paint
from brand to brand. That is, you should be comparing, say, 100% acrylic
paints across brands. It is of no use to compare vinyl paint to acrylic.
That said, both Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore are pretty reliable
brands. Be careful, though. They tend to reformulate their paints
frequently so what may be good for you one year might not be so good for you
in another year. You might also consider local brands. They may not change
their formulations frequently but they will make paint very suitable for
your climate and environment.
As for priming, I like Zinser's BIN but there are other primers that
should work as well. I like BIN because it cures really quickly, it is
pigmented shellac, and does the job reliably every time.
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