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Old 03-31-2014, 12:41 PM   #16
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no need to prime
Thank you, that will save a lot of work. I just was not sure if the sage green would be a problem in selecting the paint colors. As in maybe that was why the paints looked so different from the samples when I applied them to the wall.

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Old 03-31-2014, 12:45 PM   #17
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Yes but if that is the problem, then the first coat of paint itself will be the primer. What you're talking about is the need of a color primer. The best color primer is normally the paint itself. An exception is if the color is a deeper color and the paint manufacturer recommends a particular shade of gray underneath for best color saturation. You would only do this if it would save you money and/or time, because you could still accomplish the same thing with extra coats of finish paint.

Sherwin Williams lists on the back of each color chip if a gray primer is recommended. Other companies - can't remember how they each do it.
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:46 PM   #18
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The aura should cover in one coat no prime. If the bathroom is only 11x8 and you deduct the shower space and the vanity space and door area and anything else that doesn't get painted, you may get by with a couple qts. and save on the cost.
I was thinking about a couple of quarts, but if I ran out for some reason it would end up being more costly in the long run.

The room has two full walls and 2 half walls. It is a very efficient room that even has a huge linen closet. I am leaning towards the Aura, only because it sounds like it might make my life a little easier.
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Yes but if that is the problem, then the first coat of paint itself will be the primer. What you're talking about is the need of a color primer. The best color primer is normally the paint itself. An exception is if the color is a deeper color and the paint manufacturer recommends a particular shade of gray underneath for best color saturation. You would only do this if it would save you money and/or time, because you could still accomplish the same thing with extra coats of finish paint.

Sherwin Williams lists on the back of each color chip if a gray primer is recommended. Other companies - can't remember how they each do it.

Good to know, almost my entire house inside and out is painted with SW and no one ever told me that. I almost had my mind made up on Aura but may have to go to SW and see what they have to say.
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If it's not printed on their paint chips, at least someone at Benjamin Moore should know about color priming with gray, and the recommended shade for each paint color.
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I have another question, I really like the Coventry Gray from BM, but would like it a shade or two darker, someone told me that they can do that. How does that effect the original shade. The reason I like the Coventry is that there are no purple undertones, maybe a slight blue, but I can live with that. Gray is so hard to get right. I am definitely going to see if I can talk to a designer somewhere.
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You can order your paint with custom darkness. For example, there's one particular paint color I like, but sometimes I like it a little lighter. So I ask for it at 50% or 75%. The paint store should know exactly what you mean. I don't know that they can necessarily go dark (e.g. %150), but you can go to the next level up on the same paint strip. If you want a shade in between the 2, then you can ask for the darker one at 75%, for example.
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You can order your paint with custom darkness. For example, there's one particular paint color I like, but sometimes I like it a little lighter. So I ask for it at 50% or 75%. The paint store should know exactly what you mean. I don't know that they can necessarily go dark (e.g. %150), but you can go to the next level up on the same paint strip. If you want a shade in between the 2, then you can ask for the darker one at 75%, for example.

I asked the guy at BM to go up about 25% and he looked at me like I was crazy. Said he couldn't do that, I would like it just a bit darker. It is the darkest one on the paint sample strip. I guess he did not know what i was talking about.
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Well that's a strange response. I'm not completely surprised that he said he couldn't go darker, but he shouldn't have looked at you like he didn't know what you were talking about. I'm actually not sure what to do once you get to the end of the sample strip. Maybe someone else can chime in.
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Thank you did not know that the stores have a designer, will have to check that out. I was dealing with a very "snotty" paint guy. He treated. Me as if I was in third grade when I skied about paint differences, and how not to choose. Paint with purple undertones. I even had my tile with me and he gave me no help whatsoever. I may have to go to another BM store.
Not every store has someone on staff to help with color selection, but, it doesn't hurt to ask.
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Not every store has someone on staff to help with color selection, but, it doesn't hurt to ask.
I intend to call a few stores tomorrow to find out if they have designers. Hopefully I will find someone to help me.
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Not every store has someone on staff to help with color selection, but, it doesn't hurt to ask.
I called several Sherwin Williams in the area, and was told that there is a $100 charge for paint consultation.
I called Benjamin Moore and found a wonderful paint guy. I took tiles and trim to the store and he hoped me select a color called Bone Black, which is really a gray color. I bought a gallon of the Regal Select in Matte finish. I am waiting for it to dry, I may need to have it tweaked a little darker, but Bob said that was no problem.

I cannot thank all of you enough for sending me in the right direction.
Don't know if Bob & Eddie from the Benjamin Moore store in Sugar Land read this forum, but they deserve a big thanks for their knowledge and customer service.

I will be needing exterior paint soon, and I know where I am going to go.

Again thanks to all. Of you who helped me with my path room paint choices.

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