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Old 05-20-2010, 12:02 AM   #1
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I am having a semi-pro painter paint our master bedroom and loft in a few days. I will be going with a paint color quite similar to what we have now, which has lasted nicely for over 10 years. I will be buying the paint myself and I want to go with Aura eggshell finish paint. Although they advertise to need only one coat, I tried it out in some small areas and it is best to go with two coats. Our painter, however, recommended that he use Kilz latex as the first coat (tinted to the same color as the Aura) and then one coat of Aura as the finish coat. I challenged the fact that we have no significant stains, but he says Kilz is great to use even if I don't have stains. He "swears" that I will love the result. He has never worked with the Aura product. Should I follow his advice and do Kilz latex tinted followed by one coat of Aura (even though primer is not really needed and I don;t have stains that would call for a Kilz product)? Or skip the Kilz and go with two coats of Aura? (And if I go with the Kilz - use the latex or go with the more effective oil based product?)

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Old 05-20-2010, 05:08 AM   #2
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Skip the Kilz, 2 coats Aura and it's done

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Old 05-20-2010, 10:26 AM   #3
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i think he's trying to save u some money. when i used to sell paint, i did this a lot. basically, primer (especially kilz) is a LOT cheaper than aura. the idea here is if you use a primer tinted to the paint color for the base coat and one coat of paint, you will have saved money. this is only true if you are going to have to use more than 1 gallon total of the high-priced paint.

previous poster is correct though, two coats of Aura would be just fine.
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Two coats of Aura would be better period. Kilz primers are not good products. Only the original oil is halfway decent. The latex versions have a rather high failure rate.
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I like Kilz 2 Latex, but it is not needed here especially since you aren't changing the color much.
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Two coats of Aura would be better period. Kilz primers are not good products. Only the original oil is halfway decent. The latex versions have a rather high failure rate.
Finally, someone with some sense. I swear Kilz only sells because of its name. As far as I'm concerned, its garbage.
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I would use a tinted primer as the first coat. The reason is if the walls haven't been painted in 10 years, then chances are they're very dry. The primer will seal the walls better than paint, so the second coat will absorb evenly.
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Latex Kilz products are a risk that is not needed

2 coats Aura and it's done
The painter having no experience with this product could be problematic,have you asked him how much experience he has had?I would be worried about that.

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