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    Where, when, what interior paint to buy?

    Hi,

    My wife and I are figuring out if we want to go ahead and paint the house. Where and when is it best to buy paint, and what kind of paint would you recommend?

    I don't want to buy really cheap paint, it's for our primary residence so I'm willing to shell out for good quality stuff, but I also love a good deal

    Sherwin Williams is having a 30% off sale until end of January, and I was told they have big sales once or twice a year. Benjamin Moore has been recommended to me, expensive stuff at the high end. Then there are other brands from chain stores, Behr and Valspar?

    We have cheap contractor flat paint from when the house was built now, looks good when new, but zero durability. We want something that's not shiny, and won't get shiny if you try to clean it...you know what I'm talking about if you've ever had to deal with it. Want something that has some durability but looks good.

    Thanks!
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    I use sherwin Williams for my rentals. It's a good compromise between quality and price. Not all their lines of paint are the same...I prefer their old general paint lines like breeze. I hate behr.

    Benjamin Moore is the best choice though if you don't mind the price.
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    I agree. We use top grade Benjamin Moore for all our paint jobs. We find it second to none.... remembering that labour is the longest/hardest part of the job. Do the job right once and it will last a very long time.

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    Benjamin Moore - not the top grade, the one just below. We've been using it for years. Eggshell for walls and pearl for trim.
    We buy at a local small Rona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AltaRed View Post
    .... remembering that labour is the longest/hardest part of the job. Do the job right once and it will last a very long time.
    Wash the walls with TSP in warm water. Then rinse pass.

    I had tenants once paint without washing and forever the paint will chip off with a bump or tape application to hold the kid's art on the wall. The paint is neither on, nor will it systematically come off. The only real fix is to replace the drywall. Or sell the house

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    Quote Originally Posted by hboy54 View Post
    ... I had tenants once paint without washing and forever the paint will chip off with a bump or tape application to hold the kid's art on the wall. The paint is neither on, nor will it systematically come off. The only real fix is to replace the drywall.
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    Sounds like it might a case of latex over alkyd without proper prep/proper latex?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnlyMyOpinion View Post
    Sounds like it might a case of latex over alkyd without proper prep/proper latex?
    That is a possibility too. I do not know what they used or the rules for different chemistries. And when I did wash the walls after they left, the water was a nicotine yellow.

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    Ha! A question that I can answer. I'm a professional Interior Designer and have been specking paint for decades. If this is for your own home, here's my advise.

    Paint: You can't go wrong with Benjamin Moore or Pratt and Lambert. It's important to buy from the actual dealer and get their top stuff. I've been using Benjamin Moore, Regal Select.

    (Exception: The colour yellow, BM doesn't have good yellows)

    Painters: Be careful and get them to show you their purchase receipts because they usually buy paint at a deep discount wherever they have an account and match the BM-colour. They will insist that the quality is as good or better, trust me, it's not! (contractors lie) Also, watch out for stores like Canadian Tire that have Benjamin Moore colours but the paint is an inferior product.

    Again, if you want quality go to the dealer, listen to their advise and pay the price. With paint, we absolutely get what we pay for.

    Finishes: Be careful because paint companies use different names for the same finish so you need to review their samples. Using Benjamin Moore as an example, most people like a flatter look so eggshell is a good choice.
    For average homes (not historic) I prefer a bit more sheen and durability and use the Pearl finish on the walls and the baseboards. It saves labour.
    Last edited by VLT; 2017-01-10 at 01:29 PM.

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