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Old 08-29-2008, 10:23 AM   #1
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Which would be the better paint for trim work, oil or latex?
I primed with oil.
I'm looking for a durable finish.

Another question is with my oil based primer I have dull patches (low gloss) which seem to many be where I used spackle to fill holes.
Will the finish coat cover these patched that are dull after the primer coat(s)?

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Which would be the better paint for trim work, oil or latex?
I primed with oil.
I'm looking for a durable finish.

Another question is with my oil based primer I have dull patches (low gloss) which seem to many be where I used spackle to fill holes.
Will the finish coat cover these patched that are dull after the primer coat(s)?
If you want a durable finish without the hassles (and eventual yellowing) of oil, consider a waterbourne enamel. Two oft-mentioned ones here are Sherwin Williams ProClassic and Benjamin Moore Impervo.

Assuming you used a quality primer, the topcoats should take care of the gloss for you with no problem.

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I used an oil based primer... Zinbin.
Today I bought a gallon of semi gloss exterior latex from home depot.

I painted a small area and I'm not real impressed with the hardness of the finish.
The oil based primer seems super hard.

I am painting the inside garage trim a dark brown so I'm not sure yellowing or discoloring is an issue.
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Today I bought a gallon of semi gloss exterior latex from home depot.

There is your main problem, go to a real paint store and buy a quality paint, there are none at hd
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The Zinzer oil prime seems to be high quality.

This Behr semi gloss latex is not making me happy.

I can take my thumb nail and chip off small areas of paint.
It feels soft.

Some of that could be due to me not sanding down the primer.
But even so it doesnt seem right.



I allowed it to dry for 5 hours.
It covers ok with 2 coats and would 'appear' ok, if you didn't test it's strength.
There is no way possible for me to do that with the zinzer primer paint.

And this is trim in a garage so I am looking for a tough finish.
This is supposed to be exterior paint so I don't see how it would hold up outdoors.
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Today I bought a gallon of semi gloss exterior latex from home depot.

There is your main problem, go to a real paint store and buy a quality paint, there are none at hd
What would you consider real paint stores and brand?
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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.

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What would you consider real paint stores and brand?


See Sirwired's post above

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