oil vs latex for trim work
A "real" paint brand would be pretty much any paint from an actual paint store. The major national brands are of course Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore, but there are a zillion regional brands that are also pretty good. The paint sold at BigBoxCo is tightly cost-controlled, with low price the primary goal. Quality takes a distant second.
Yes, paint-store paint is more expensive, but it also generally lasts longer, is more consistent, with far easier application. Even at $10 a gallon more expensive, it saves so much time that the additional cost is really not a factor.
(edit) Paint stores do carry a wide range of paints. Their cheapest grades have very specific uses, like low-end apartment re-paints. Get the highest, or near-highest grade paints for your jobs.
Last edited by sirwired; 08-31-2008 at 06:59 AM.