I had heard a few years back that Wal-Mart Paint was Excellent...made by one
of the big guns in the paint industry. At the time, I bought Wal-Mart
interior paint with good results.
Is there exterior paint just as good? I will be painting my house this next
month and would like to get the best paint there is for the best possible
price. Wal-Mart is going for $60 for 5 gallon pail.
Last year when I asked, they claimed it was Sherwin-Williams. I asked a
local who works there who would hear tales from users the generic "Is it
any good?" question. He responded "They sell more paint than anyone
else." I said that was the answer to a different question. He didn't
respond further. :)
I did buy a gallon (oil-base exterior) for a trial on the house. It
seemed "OK", but not long enough yet to compare.
But that does not mean the quality is the same as you'd find in a SW store.
My guess is that Wal Mart is giving them specs to meet. Could be better,
could be worse.
My only experience with Wal Mart paint is one gallon of interior about 5
years ago. Hopefully, things are better now. I'm sticking the brands I
Oh, most certainly! Didn't mean to imply <anything> other than the
manufacturer name. That's the way they purchase any/all products of
such magnitude. One would expect solids content, etc., to be less w/
the W/M branded vis a vis the S-W, or at least the "best" W/M would more
nearly equate to a mid-range S-W branded. I noted that when I was there
last year, the price differential was not very great between what would
have been, in my estimation, the closest matches between grades--roughly
$1/gal was all.
For the large volume I required for the barn and house I ended up w/
Behr in large part because there is only one independent paint dealer
left in town and they were unwilling to dicker at all even for an order
of over 100 gal (primer and topcopat). On top of which, they didn't have
oil-based in stock except in 1 gal cans and refused to order 5-gal
HD, otoh, gave significant discount and even offered to send the
shipment directly here to the farm, 60 mi from the store in another town
if it were necessary/convenient! I had no problem storing it for a
while so just took delivery and brought it home, but compared to local
S-W store, the service was most excellent.
It's now been over one winter so far and all seems well this spring. Am
waiting after rain last couple of days for it to dry up enough to finish
some touch up prep and the last wall on the barn we got primer on but
not topcoat before it got too cold last December. It went on well
(sprayed, then brushed out) and covered well. Used a high gloss rather
than semi-gloss to add additional surface protection and reflectivity in
our high UV environment. Was blinding in the direct sun to look at
although has dulled just slightly w/ some dirt/dust collection...
I spoke to a friend who is the CEO of a bicycle manufacturer about his
dealings with Wal-Mart. He said he's happy to sell to them, but only on
condition that his company's name does not appear on the product, because
of what he's forced to do in order to meet their pricing policies.
Example: fewer spokes in the wheels, vinyl instead of leather saddles,
plastic where metal should be used, unsmoothed welds, no primer, less paint,
etc. You only get what you pay for. A great majority of Wal-Mart merchandise
is built to a price point, rather than a quality/feature level.
Yeah but it's so easy to give *that* type of reply when the question
deals with quality. And while there's probably nothing in the world
that *that* can't be said about, it's not always true. Hey it's usenet
advice, "you get what you pay for"...
Can't necessarily argue that, but cheap exterior paint just doesn't
hold up like good stuff.
When it comes to interior paint, who cares? It's a controlled
environment, so using cheap stuff is fine if that's what someone wants.
Just what is NOT "cheap stuff" to you? You've shot down Glidden,
Valspar, Sherwin Williams, Walmart in general, yet you offer nothing but
Benjamin Moore and it appears that you're still waiting for the jury to
come in on that one.
Perhaps you make your own paint...
-end of conversation-
I only buy quality paint. This has proved an excellent policy. I last
painted my house in the early 1980's and the paint is just starting to need
a recoat. Think about the cost per year and the time and labor to paint a
house, if it can last 20 to 23 years, the cost for the good stuff is
Most of Wal-mart's paint is made by Sherwin Williams and Valspar. I know
that because a good friend of mine was a sales rep for both paint
companys over the years and he told me so. He also told me about a
WalMart paint product called Multi-Use. He said when it hit the market
he questioned the vast array of surfaces the product touted it would
He tested it himself on different ypes of wood, new metal, rusty metal
aluminum, drywall, even hardibacker among other things. He left the
stuff outside for 6 mos. and said that virtually every surface still
looked as good as the day he first painted them. he claims it's an
excellent product for interior or exterior.
He's a very experienced (now retired) painter as well himself and is no
longer tied to either paint mfger anymore, or Walmart for that matter
and could care less what anyone else uses so I trust his judgement.
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