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illinikelley 12-29-2005 10:42 PM

Porter Paint vs. Sherwin Williams vs. Benjamin Moore
Can anyone tell me how to compare Porter Paints, Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore? I've used all of them now and again, and of course they all claim to be the best of the bunch. In fact, I think they are all very good, but am looking for the best bang for the buck. For you professional painters out there, I'm curious your opinion.

Also, as far as interior latex paints go, I'd also like to know what type compares to what type, e.g. Is Porter Hi-Hide = Sherwin Williams Promark 200 = Benjamin Moore Super Spec? I can't remember what the names are of their higher grade stuff, it's too late in the day!

Thanks for any input you have,

An Illini in Cincinnati :rolleyes:

Kennedy 12-31-2005 09:26 PM

I use Porter Paints almost exclusively anymore. Their HiHide line is fantastic; coverage, workability, and easily touched up without flashing. They also make a washable flat paint in the Silken Touch line. SW's Promar line is comparable to Porter's Promaster line which is a decent contractor grade paint, but easier to work with (IMO). Whatever you do, please stay away from the Behr!

ProWallGuy 01-01-2006 09:52 PM

We use Ben Moore almost exclusively. All 3 of the big stores have very comparable lines.
Depending on how much paint/supplies you will purchase, Sherwin could probably get you the best pries.

slickshift 01-02-2006 08:58 PM

Mostly Ben Moore here also
Wouldn't have a problem using SW though, I just prefer Ben Moore
I'm sure I've used Porter, but don't remember specifics about it
If it was bad or way better I'd have remembered, so I don't think you could go wrong with any you've mentioned

Kennedy 01-02-2006 09:55 PM

I gota say Benny Moore's exterior line is pretty much bulletproof!

illinikelley 01-02-2006 10:48 PM

Thanks for the help! I am pretty sold on Porter because of the good service that they have given me in the past, including the local store manager coming out to my house 2x to solve a problem that my painter (one I would never hire again) left me with. Recently I have found out that as member of the local Real Estate Investment Association, I can get a better discount with Sherwin Williams. Sounds like transitioning over to SW should be no problem.

Anyone know what is SW's equivalent to the Porter Silken Touch Flat?

ProWallGuy 01-03-2006 09:34 AM


Originally Posted by illinikelley
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Anyone know what is SW's equivalent to the Porter Silken Touch Flat?

Not sure if there is one, as Silken Touch is supposedly Teflon modified.
But Sherwin's Cashmere is what they call a 'ceramic' finish, and would compare pretty well I'd think.

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