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\r\nMy 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?
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\r\nI 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
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\r\nSherwin 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?
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\r\nWe 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.
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Hidden Content It\'s not a "how-to." It\'s a "why bother."
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    \r\n 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.
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    \nBenjamin Moore is the best choice though if you don\'t mind the price.\r\n
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    I\'m not JustAGuy (without spaces), or Donald, or <insert name here>.
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    \r\n 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.\r\n
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    \r\n Benjamin Moore - not the top grade, the one just below. We\'ve been using it for years. Eggshell for walls and pearl for trim.
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    \r\n Quote Originally Posted by AltaRed\r\n View Post\r\n
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    .... 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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    Wash the walls with TSP in warm water. Then rinse pass.
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    \nI 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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    \r\n Quote Originally Posted by hboy54\r\n View Post\r\n
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    ... 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?\r\n
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    \r\n 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.
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    \nPaint: 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.
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    \nPainters: 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.
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    \nAgain, 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.
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    \nFinishes: 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.
    \nFor 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.\r\n
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    \r\n Quote Originally Posted by VLT\r\n View Post\r\n
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    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.
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    We\'re in the middle of renovating an apartment in a building built around 1900. We want to preserve the historic character wherever reasonable. I was planning eggshell walls and satin baseboards, would you suggest anything different? We\'re going Benjamin Moore for sure, have used it before and find it well worth it.\r\n
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    \r\n Hi Spudd,
    \nEggshell for the walls is good. BM has a new finish called Soft Gloss. Either Soft Gloss or Semi Gloss would be tougher than the Pearl for doors and trim.\r\n
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    \r\n Quote Originally Posted by VLT\r\n View Post\r\n
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    Hi Spudd,
    \nEggshell for the walls is good. BM has a new finish called Soft Gloss. Either Soft Gloss or Semi Gloss would be tougher than the Pearl for doors and trim.
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      That's good if it's working for you. Paint companies have a variety of products with a range in quality. The Canadian Tire/Benjamin Moore product is probably a decent product with a reliable colour match. BM wouldn't put their name on a product without the quality being good but it might be equivalent to their contractor quality.

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