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Old 08-02-2012, 08:56 PM   #1
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Please help me decide best paint for each room

One room at a time, my sister and I need to repaint interior of our house.
It has not been painted for some time and we have too much dust to live with.

1. Bath room

2. Bed room

3. Window trim *we have wood window and we will have exterior painted by professional this month. But there's some crack and split around inside window edges where dry wall area and we will need some thing to fill and repair prior to paint.

Please advise good product to use for repair and fill in for us.

Last, we live in Pacific NW and what is good affordable brand that is lasting, no or low VOC to use?

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Go to any real paint store NOT big box and ask, they will be happy to explain all.


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I'm partial to Sherwin-Williams but I don't know how many stores are out there in the Pacific NW. For walls I use my old standby, SuperPaint Satin Latex. It's a workhorse. For trim, I use SW's Proclassic Semi-Gloss but it can be difficult for DIYer's to use. Like Chris said, go to an actual paint store and ask lots of questions.............just go when it's not so busy so you don't tie up salespeople.
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Depending on gap between drywall and trim quality paintable caulk should work. Invest in a quality cauk gun.

Kelly Moore was by go to brand on the West Coast. They are only W of the Rockies. Benjamin Moore was my fave with Sherwin Williams 2nd. No qualms either.

Buy paint store paint, not box store. If really on a tight budget look into Ben Moore Super Spec, SW Promar or the KM contractor grade. Still superior to box store.

Watch for sales and coupons. Ask if you can have a discount.
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Yes! always ask for a discount. the sales people at paint stores love to earn your business and they hate to watch business walk out the door, they will give you a discount if you ask or at least sell you into a less expensive line that will still get the job done. The paint store operates on relationships and referral business. . . they will go the extra mile for you when the big box goes out of their way to not have to help you
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:57 PM   #6
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Did any one of you heard of Glidden Gripper primer vs Peel bond (this is sold from fine paint store like SW)?

We have serious peeling/cracking issue for exterior and I am having last minute trying to find answer for best product used for exterior of our house.

With this issue, my dad used oil primer and 100% acrylic Benjamin moore and this actually worked.

We have 2 paint company proposing;

1. They want to prep and use Peel bond entire house and 2 coat of 100% acrylic paint

2. Other company wants to prep and use water based stickey primer and not sure what brand, but suppose be stickey when it is on and they will use 2 coat of 100% acrylic paint too.

Both are reputable company and 1st one is much cheaper than 2nd one.
I am still not sure which direction to go in choose the best paint company for our project.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:10 PM   #7
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Just want to make sure I am following. We have moved from discussing painting the interior of your house to evaluating materials and bids for the outside right?

Your Dad probably used something like Benjamin Moore Fresh Start Alkyd for a primer over nice prepped surfaces and then two coats of Ben Moore finish. Cannot pick a better combination than that although the Sherwin Williams line would be great too. So why not do that again? The contractors are forcing the change in thinking? Hmmmm.

Other thing that scares me is you say the two estimates are way apart. What does that mean. Are we talking a couple hundred or a couple thousand bucks? That is a big red flag for me and it sounds like you may be trying to compare apples and oranges if you do not know what materials the second contractor is using. Maybe one company is really hungry and has cut their rates dramatically but I bet the difference is in material cost?

I would nail down specifics if I were you.


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