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Old 06-14-2010, 06:40 PM   #1
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Interior Paint Mayhem -- NEED Advice


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I just bought a house and am experiencing insane paint-related stress. To get to the point, I need a recommendation for a good but reasonably priced interior primer and paint brand. Also, can anyone tell me if it's cost effective to get a paint/primer in one, such as the Behr stuff? THANKS!

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I'm not a painter by any means, but being a landlord & HO, I've been "fortunate" enough to paint alot more than I care to. There are a few highly informative painters here though that I'm sure will weigh in.

Simply put, I'd recommend going to your nearest Sherwin Williams for everything paint related. Far more intelligent employees to guide you along than the big box stores, as well as far superior product IMO. Since I've started using SW, I almost enjoy painting. There products may seem alot more expensive, but when you consider that there coverage will more than likely exceed what the can says, as well as saving time & paint by using less coats, SW is a far better value than the cheaper paints IMO.

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Behr paint and primer is a marketing ploy and a joke at best. You don't mix oil and hydrolic fluid for your car, so don't mix primer and paint. The best advice is stay away from Behr. Sherwin Willims Promar 200 is a great primer as well as Benjamin Moore Fresh Start. If the walls are in good shape, skip the primer and go directly to paint.
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I agree with the above but I wouldn't limit it to SW. As long as you shop at a "real" paint store that caters to professionals you'll be OK.

Don't forget about regional brands of paint like Miller, California, Parker, Kelly Moore, Dunn Edwards, etc. They often represent the best value and are generally highly regarded coatings.

Also don't forget that prep. is the most important part of any paint job.

A paint job using crappy Behr paint on a properly prepared surface will be better then a top shelf paint on a poorly prepared surface. However your goal is to use quality paint and do proper prep. work. This is actually cheaper in the long run.

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