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Old 01-27-2010, 12:01 AM   #1
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I just purchased a condo that was built in 2006. The drywall work is decent, and paint seems like it was alright quality. The color is flat(maybe matte) grey. We want to brighten the place up with a vanilla eggshell color. If I go with Sherwin Williams(or any quality comparable) paint, can I get away with one coat since the color change is minimal?

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Always plan on 2 coats, it is the right way to paint.

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Always plan on 2 coats, it is the right way to paint.
1.5 coats might look alright but how often will you be doing this? Why not do it right, especially since you are making a color change, when everything is tarped, furniture is out of the way, roller cover is wet, all the other tools are out and handy, and so forth. You will get an extra layer for colorfastnass, washability, etc. too!

Glad you are going to a paint store and not a box store for the paint.
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Paint specs are based upon mil-thickness. If the factory says you need a minimum 10 mil thickness for the paint to cure properly then you had better heed their advice. If you put a urethane/epoxy on too lightly the factory will not warranty the results. If you are painting expensive transport trailers that can be a real bummer!
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What's wrong with box paint? Behr is the most popular paint in America. I've had good results with it.
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What's wrong with box paint? Behr is the most popular paint in America. I've had good results with it.
OH Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

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What are the objections to it? I'm a reasonable person. I can see that big box stores clearly hurt Mom and Pop outfits. But in this case the product seems to be pretty good.
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What are the objections to it? I'm a reasonable person. I can see that big box stores clearly hurt Mom and Pop outfits. But in this case the product seems to be pretty good.
You would be best to read any number of the many posts on this issue including the one "Commenting on Behr Paints." It especially contains countless horror stories and recommendations from pros as to what to do to fix them. One of those is always to go to a a real paint store. Nothing to do with Mom and Pop---although some still are independently owned I suppose---just infinitely better paint.

In order for Home Depot to hold its margins and offer you Behr for the price it does, it doesn't take much to figure the quality of the product in the can.

I am not going to get any further into this fray with this thread since the OP already has the common sense to be buying paint at a real store.
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I've already made the move to quality paints, please don't trash the thread.

Since the color change is minimal, any reason to prime the walls as well(aside from patches)?
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How dark is the gray? In my experience (granted, it isn't anywhere near what some people's is here), if the paint is a flat and the color is light, it's already primed and ready. If it's a darker gray, getting good coverage with only one or two coats is questionable without priming first.
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If the paint on there is in basically good shape, just patch what you need to and prime that. Make sure to clean the walls though.
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It's a light gray. There are a couple of feature walls that are dark gray that I know I'll have to prime for sure.

Any recommendations on how to clean the walls?
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It's a light gray. There are a couple of feature walls that are dark gray that I know I'll have to prime for sure.

Any recommendations on how to clean the walls?
Vacuum. Then TSP according to directions on the box. I find giant car wash sponges handy for this. Old towels will work well too.

By the way, I forgot to ask. You don't have lots of cigarette tar stuck to the walls do you? You will need to prime if you do.
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Vacuum. Then TSP according to directions on the box. I find giant car wash sponges handy for this. Old towels will work well too.

By the way, I forgot to ask. You don't have lots of cigarette tar stuck to the walls do you? You will need to prime if you do.
Nope, place looks barely lived in.
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It's a light gray. There are a couple of feature walls that are dark gray that I know I'll have to prime for sure.
Go ahead and tint your primer to 50-60 of the formula for the color you picked. It will be easier to cover than white.

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