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Old 04-26-2013, 09:14 AM   #16
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Some of the best paint I have used was SW. Some of the worst paint I have used was SW. Not trying to be smart a%% just saying different lines of paint mean different things. One of my gripes about the big paint companies is they are getting too many lines of paint and it's hard to keep up on them.

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Old 04-26-2013, 09:19 AM   #17
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SW sure isn't what it used to be.
I stopped using it a couple of years ago.
I agree with this statement but I don't think any of the brands are what they used to be. With all of them competing for the low and O voc market and the frenzy of paint and primer all in one they they all have suffered in the quality issue. This is just my opinion, and opinions are like rear-ends everybody has one and most of them stink.
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For what it's worth, I was extremely disappointed with Duration Home. We recently painted our new house (interior), and we got SuperPaint for all rooms except bedroom, because SuperPaint couldn't be tinted the color we chose. We had to go with the (more expensive) Duration. It took four gallons, four coats, to get a decent coverage in the bedroom over white walls. Granted they were textured, but I was still floored. It took only 1.25 gallons to cover the living room with SuperPaint (albeit, a much lighter tint, but still!) Luckily, my brother-in-law runs a SW, so I paid only the employee rate for my paint.. otherwise I would have been furious at spending $60+/gallon on Duration. I would highly recommend SW SuperPaint over Duration for interior.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:11 PM   #19
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Definitely going primer plus two coats. Don't think I could live with myself if I didn't, lol.

Any recommendations on a deck product? Based on what I've read on various forums a lot recommend Sikkens and Cabot products. It's a pressure treated wood deck and it's all new to me (first house). I just want to maintain it properly. It's currently not stained and it's definitely due for something.
Newbie here, reading up on paint recommendations for our exterior.

But I did extensive research on deck stains last year, and do have a suggestion for you if you want an amazing product! After reading hundreds of articles, ratings and reviews, I decided on Armstrong-Clark stain (A-C in an independent company out of CA). I called them up, and the A-C guy helped me decide on the right product for my specific job and conditions. I could have ordered a sample, but we were up against the weather in September/October, so I just trusted my gut and ordered a few gallons. It was pricey with shipping, but was it ever worth it!

I prepped the (previously heavily stained with a regular hardware store stain) deck with pressure washing, OxyClean brushing, sanding in some areas and then another wash-off. Once it dried, I was able to apply the Armstrong-Clark stain with an incredible amount of ease. It really soaked in the wood nicely, even when I was probably too heavy-handed with it. There was a seamless transition from the spots of bare wood to those that had some remaining stain on them. Our wood was in pretty bad shape, so we did two coats on those heavily-weathered/super "thirsty" areas, but just one on the vertical railings.

Anyway, perhaps the best thing about this A-C stain is that when I need to reapply it (in a few years, maybe?), all I'll need to do is wash the deck off and put the stain on! No more stripping for this lady! That was a huge selling point for me, especially since some parts of our deck need more frequent care than others.

I think we only used one of the three gallons, by the way, so the coverage was superb. But A-C assured me that any extra sealed gallons would last indefinitely. I'm happy to already have it for the next time(s) we stain!

Anyway, I loved this product so much that I'd consider trying to get it distributed in this area, and I'm no salesperson. You can read reviews and how the stain differs from others for yourself, of course. I'm just happy to tell other people about an incredible product that made my life as a homeowner vastly easier.

Good luck with your own projects!

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