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t1snwbrdr12 03-08-2014 02:38 PM

SW Pro Classic vs BM Advance for Cabinets
I know this subject has been discussed an absurd amount, so I start off with an apology.

For the do it yourself homeowner, which do you suggest? Going to paint regular old oak cabinets to a creamy white. We were stuck on advanced till recently. Now I've been reading so much about people liking pro classic for cabinets.

Is one easier to work with for a non-pro?

I have access to a sprayer, though that is all I know about it. That it is a sprayer. I don't know if it's airless, hvlp, or what it is. I planned on trying to spray the doors and roll the frames.

I don't have a month to leave the kitchen un useable, but I am doing this before we move in. We will be careful but still want it to cure enough in a week or so time to be living there and opening them carefully.

A sample door we played with for color and glaze is in BM colors but I'm sure we can match it easy enough to SW.

SW will be on sale soon too, but it's not the deciding factor for the cabinet paint.


Gymschu 03-08-2014 02:47 PM

I won't address the use of BM products since I use SW. The SW Proclassic is some great stuff, especially for cabinets. It is something that definitely has a learning curve to it. It sets up quickly which means you can't be brushing or rolling back into the wet paint unless you're quick about it or you will mar the paint. I often use a Whizz roller to get the paint onto the surface quickly and then I either let it be or brush through the wet paint depending on the look the customer is after. Proclassic levels beautifully which means hardly any brush marks on the painted surface. It produces a hard, durable finish.
I'm sure someone will come along shortly to give you the lowdown on the BM Advance.

chrisn 03-08-2014 03:44 PM

For me,the Advance is easier to work with. Both are good for cabinets.

ToolSeeker 03-08-2014 08:08 PM

My opinion which will probably confuse you more I like advance for spray and pro classic for rolling. Clear as mud right.
First you need to find out what kind of sprayer as this will make a difference. As stated pro classic has a learning curve but is my go to trim paint most of the time. Advance has a long re-coat time and this can be a disadvantage in some situations, but is a great paint.

ltd 03-08-2014 10:56 PM

sorry I cant comment on b/m but I can tell you that I revisited a cabinet job that I did about 7 years ago , that I used pro classic acrylic and it still looked perfect.

rbriggs82 03-10-2014 06:34 PM

Given the choice I'd go with Pro Classic oil over all of them. :yes:

mopower440 03-10-2014 07:44 PM

I used insl-x cabinet coat (benjamin moore owned) and it is some GOOD stuff!

iminaquagmire 03-11-2014 09:48 AM

I like SW Proclassic Acrylic-Alkyd on cabinets. Use it on all my trim and doors too. Done several cabinet jobs sprayed with a fine finish tip. It levels like glass and dries hard. Just don't go back until its dried. If you get a blemish or drip, sand it smooth once dry and recoat.

gmaint 03-11-2014 12:40 PM

after rehabing and up-grading many apartments, i would use SW pro-classic every time.

7.62 03-12-2014 08:31 PM


Originally Posted by iminaquagmire (Post 1320353)
I like SW Proclassic Acrylic-Alkyd on cabinets. Use it on all my trim and doors too. Done several cabinet jobs sprayed with a fine finish tip. It levels like glass and dries hard. Just don't go back until its dried. If you get a blemish or drip, sand it smooth once dry and recoat.

This has become my favorite trim paint. I find it easy to work with, easy to sand and find that it cures fairly quickly.

t1snwbrdr12 04-01-2014 05:09 AM

So I'll be using a duron performance max 395 sprayer for this job (I researched way out, starting this or next week).

Our sample colors are BM. Should I stick with advanced due to getting samples from them? Can SW perfectly match our color of choice from BM?

I'm not partial to either, I'm obviously not a pro. I'd prefer whatever won't run, but I understand I can sand after curing if I happen to paint too thick and get a run. That's fine.

Will be rolling and or brushing the frames and spraying the cabinets.

We have rolled and brushed an entire cabinet set before but we would prefer this kitchen come out more professional looking.

Thanks again for everyone's advice.

ToolSeeker 04-01-2014 07:34 AM

I googled your sprayer it is airless. If you have not used one before there are 2 important things PRACTICE and tip size. Both of the paints you are considering have a reputation for runs and sags. This can be minimized with tip size and practice. For practice most paint stores have mis-tinted paint for like $10 a gallon. Go to local appliance store get some large cardboard boxes. It takes a little to get your distance right and your arm to make the right motion
As for tip size these paint are prone to runs and sags as stated these can be controlled somewhat with the right tip and I can almost guarantee the tip that came with sprayer is too big. It doesn't matter if it's new paint, strain it.
Are these cabinets installed?
As far as matching colors either store should be able to match the others.
If you have any questions come on back.

t1snwbrdr12 04-01-2014 08:04 AM


The cabinets are installed but I planned on removing doors to paint them.

I'll have to see if there is a fine tip available for me. If not I'm sure I could buy one somewhere.

ToolSeeker 04-01-2014 08:13 AM

A fine finish tip will work well SW has them at some stores the others can order them. A quick tip while at the store buy the fine finish filters for your gun they run $11 I think, they are yellow. With the bigger filter in the gun and a FF tip sometimes the gun will spit, the FF filters will stop this.

t1snwbrdr12 04-01-2014 08:15 AM

Ok thanks for the advice. And I have model home cabinet samples to practice on (wife used to sell homes, so she still knows people selling. Scooped up a couple for practice purposes).

And pre drill the hardware holes or wait till after painting?

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