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Dusty 09-20-2006 06:48 AM

Best paint for reds?
In my last house I used Ralph Lauren to paint a room a dark red. That took tinted primer and numerous coats to a total of 7 times I had to paint that room to get it right. Now I understand reds are more difficult than other colours but does anyone know who makes good reds that cover in a reasonable number of coats? I loved the colour but in this house I am darned if I am putting that kind of work into it again.

kellstar painting 09-20-2006 07:27 PM

Let me guess.. Venician Red?
Very popular with my customers... done 4 rooms and a couple doors w/ it already.... The 1st one took 7 coats...let me enlighten you,
!st... prime with the darkest grey primer you can find.... let dry for 24 hrs... drying time is important. Then it should cover in 2 coats.. letting dry in between ofcourse.

And when it comes to color... RL has the best.... but not the best paint
Take the color swatch and bring it to a ben moore store.. ANY color can be mixed in ANY paint these days.

slickshift 09-20-2006 07:59 PM

Absolutely without a doubt the Best Interior Paint Ever For Reds award goes to Sherwin Williams "Deep Colors" (sometimes called "Deep Accents")

I've used mostly Ben Moore over the years, and their premium lines do reds very well, and I can recommend them
But Deep Colors is amazing for those...deep colors
If you've got a SWP store nearby, it's worth the trip

Dusty 09-20-2006 11:11 PM

Venetian you're good! That is exactly the colour I used. I also painted over 10 days coat after coat, gallon after gallon. Around here a lot of people know Balmoral red but not so interested in the Venetian.

I've boycotted (sp?) BM since a disaster 7 years ago but haven't ever tried SW before. Maybe next time I will give them a go. I love dark colours but had never had an experience like the red gave me.

J187 09-21-2006 09:06 AM

SW paints are awesome! IF you aren't painting a super dark color, you may want to check out the Duration paints by SW. I've never tried Dark Colors by SW, but I've loved their superpaint, bathpaint and duration.

SgtBaldy 09-25-2006 01:48 PM

Like it was stated earlier use a dark grey primer. Zinsser 1-2-3 deep tint is a good one. Using a top quality finish coat is important. Also use a nap that is right for the texture. If it is too big it will gob it up in spots and be thin in other spots. A 1/2 in nap will do for most textures. Backroll your coats as well.

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