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Old 11-17-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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Hi all, I'm looking for some opinions. I recently purchased a house and I'm looking to repaint my living room walls and ceilings. I'm looking to do a tan satin finish for the walls and flat white for the ceiling. I don't mind spending the extra money for Benjamin Moore but looking for opinions as to whether or not its actually worth it.

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Not going to find many fan on Behr paint on any DIY sites.
Stick with a real paint store paint. BM, Sherwin Williams ECT.
Better paint, better advice.
People at the box store are not going to have a clue and only know what they have been told.

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So how about SW vs BM?
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Either will work fine and in most cases has good support people also don't rule out PPG, Porter, Pratt & Lambert, any large PAINT co. Any of these will perform better than big box store paint. If price is a factor watch for a sale or find a coupon usually one will honor the other one's sale.
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I would rather pay $70 per gallon for paint that covers more surface area, looks better and lasts longer than $20 per gallon paint that is mostly cheap filler, covers about half of what quality paint does, goes on like sandpaper, and looks like hell. Just saying.
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BM for sure, better off spending a few extra $ for better quality paint and much better results.
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Everyone in this thread so far is missing the point. I have to keep saying it again and again.

There is no such thing as "Benjamin Moore" paint. Benjamin Moore is a company, not a paint. BM makes crappy paint and they make good paint, just like most manufacturers. So you won't necessarily be spending more for it.

You are going to pay $35/gallon for good Behr paint, so there's no point in automatically trying to compare to $20 paint. And that paint is going to be way better than BM's crappy paint. It has extremely high solids content and dry film thickness. It also covers and hides very well. The Behr hating crowd here is rabid and off their rockers.

The same is true for Sherwin Williams - good paint and crappy paint.

So let's compare apples to apples. Compare $20 paints with each other - or $35 paints, etc.

Same goes for advice. There are idiots working at Home Depot, and some very knowledgable folks. Same is true for BM and SW. All depends on who is working there the day you go.

So you're asking the wrong question. The question should be, should you be using quality paint, or cheap paint?

Personally I almost never use cheap paint. It's too expensive to use. It takes longer in labor because it takes more coats, it makes more of a mess, and you have to buy twice as much of it. But sometimes it makes sense - for example if you're going to be maintaining a rental unit, and you're going to be painting the same color over and over.

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Everyone in this thread so far is missing the point. I have to keep saying it again and again.

There is no such thing as "Benjamin Moore" paint. BM makes crappy paint and they make good paint, just like most manufacturers. So you won't necessarily be spending more for it.

You are going to pay $35/gallon for good Behr paint, so there's no point in automatically trying to compare to $20 paint. And that paint is going to be way better than BM's crappy paint. It has extremely high solids content and dry film thickness. It also covers and hides very well. The Behr hating crowd here is rabid and off their rockers.

The same is true for Sherwin Williams - good paint and crappy paint.

So let's compare apples to apples. Compare $20 paints with each other - or $35 paints, etc.

Same goes for advice. There are idiots working at Home Depot, and some very knowledgable folks. Same is true for BM and SW. All depends on who is working there the day you go.

So you're asking the wrong question. The question should be, should you be using quality paint, or cheap paint?

Personally I almost never use cheap paint. It's too expensive to use. It takes longer in labor because it takes more coats, it makes more of a mess, and you have to buy twice as much of it. But sometimes it makes sense - for example if you're going to be maintaining a rental unit, and you're going to be painting the same color over and over.

Really not sure that is true.
I am sure that's not true.
There are a hundred of us and maybe 3 of you and we are the ones off our rockers.
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Really not sure that is true. I am sure that's not true.
Anyone who tries to argue that Benjamin Moore Super Craft is better than Behr Premium Plus Ultra is either lying or insane. It's not even close.

You've probably never used either of those 2 paints, so you wouldn't know. Anyone who has compared them would know. It's not like it's even a matter of opinion. There's not a single objective measure of any attribute by which the Super Craft could be considered better. The only thing you might say is you might like the BM color catalog more, which doesn't really have anything to do with the paint formulation.
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Anyone who tries to argue that Benjamin Moore Super Craft is better than Behr Premium Plus Ultra is either lying or insane. It's not even close.

You've probably never used either of those 2 paints, so you wouldn't know. Anyone who has compared them would know. It's not like it's even a matter of opinion. There's not a single objective measure of any attribute by which the Super Craft could be considered better. The only thing you might say is you might like the BM color catalog more, which doesn't really have anything to do with the paint formulation.

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Everyone in this thread so far is missing the point. I have to keep saying it again and again.

There is no such thing as "Benjamin Moore" paint. Benjamin Moore is a company, not a paint. BM makes crappy paint and they make good paint, just like most manufacturers. So you won't necessarily be spending more for it.

You are going to pay $35/gallon for good Behr paint, so there's no point in automatically trying to compare to $20 paint. And that paint is going to be way better than BM's crappy paint. It has extremely high solids content and dry film thickness. It also covers and hides very well. The Behr hating crowd here is rabid and off their rockers.

The same is true for Sherwin Williams - good paint and crappy paint.

So let's compare apples to apples. Compare $20 paints with each other - or $35 paints, etc.

Same goes for advice. There are idiots working at Home Depot, and some very knowledgable folks. Same is true for BM and SW. All depends on who is working there the day you go.

So you're asking the wrong question. The question should be, should you be using quality paint, or cheap paint?

Personally I almost never use cheap paint. It's too expensive to use. It takes longer in labor because it takes more coats, it makes more of a mess, and you have to buy twice as much of it. But sometimes it makes sense - for example if you're going to be maintaining a rental unit, and you're going to be painting the same color over and over.

Well, actually, no you don't.

So WHY do you keep on calling it BM and SW if there is no such thing?
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Benjamin Moore & Co., also known as Benjamin Moore Paints or simply Benjamin Moore, is an American company that produces paint. It is owned by Berkshire Hathaway.
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Well, actually, no you don't.

So WHY do you keep on calling it BM and SW if there is no such thing?
BM is a company. SW is a company. BM makes good paint and crappy paint. SW makes good paint and crappy paint.

If I say "BM's crappy paint", I'm talking about a paint that BM makes. I'm not talking about "BM paint". It makes absolutely no sense at all to say something like "BM is great paint".

If you think it is a matter of opinion that Super Craft is better than Premium Plus Ultra, then go ahead and state how that could possibly be true. You might as well argue that it's a "matter of opinion" that 2 pounds is heavier than 3 pounds.

Use either paint and post your results. Go the respective spec sheets and compare chemistry. Either way, we both know the outcome.
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Anyone who tries to argue that Benjamin Moore Super Craft is better than Behr Premium Plus Ultra is either lying or insane. It's not even close.

You've probably never used either of those 2 paints, so you wouldn't know. Anyone who has compared them would know. It's not like it's even a matter of opinion. There's not a single objective measure of any attribute by which the Super Craft could be considered better. The only thing you might say is you might like the BM color catalog more, which doesn't really have anything to do with the paint formulation.
I guess I am insane because I have used Super Craft (It's now called super spec) for years and years and never ever had the kind of problems I have run into with the Behr Premium Plus Ultra. Super Spec is more consistent from can to can and doesn't sag like Behr Premium Plus Ultra.

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