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Old 02-28-2012, 09:38 PM   #1
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I would like you all to comment on which trim paints you prefer and why.

I am nearly done replacing base and shoe and painted it all prior to installation, BM Super Spec. I am thinking I will go ahead and re-paint all the trim. If I go to that much trouble I am wondering if I should get something a little better than the Super Spec. I used Pro Classic on some trim before but it seems like it got tacky too fast, or I should say too fast for me

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Old 02-28-2012, 09:41 PM   #2
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Pro Classic is a good paint. You could have added a little Flotol and it would have worked even better.

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Old 02-28-2012, 09:50 PM   #3
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Dry time is the biggest problem with the new waterbornes. I takes a bit of practice and also sometimes tweeking the paint to get it to work for you.

I haven't used the SuperSpec as a trim paint, but I know there are better. Pro classic is good, BM has Aura Satin that I like and use often, also Advance which is a waterborne alkyd hybrid , Muralo Ultra is one of the most user friendly ones I know of, I'm sure there are others - and regionally there are some smaller co that make excellent products.
Some of them need just a little help- like adding just a touch of latex extender( BM makes one, XIM makes a great one and then my least fav but better than none- Flotrol) and even just a touch of water .
Experiment with a small amount of paint in a cut bucket and a little of these and get a feel for the right combo.
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Cheap off-the-shelf Valspar works fine for me. Handles well, covers well.

I have used BM on walls. My next project will most likely have SW on the walls. While I demand that my baseboards look good, I refuse to spend that much money on paint for something as insignificant (for lack of a better term) as baseboards - most of which get covered up, anyway. For applications such as these, I see nothing wrong with using a less expensive paint.

This is, of course, just a personal preference/opinion.
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s/w pro classic water acrylic or pro classic water bourn alkyd are top of the line trim paints,but for your average week end warrior i think these are to finicky. even the pros have to baby sit these paints for runs,and sags . if i was to say what trim paint to recommend a for a diyer i would go s/w super paint semi, or ppg manor hall semi.
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"BM has Aura Satin that I like and use often..."

I have used Aura for walls but not trim. Is Aura satin more like others semi? I want the trim a little more glossy than what I think of as satin.

I guess I should have tried to thin the Pro Classic when I used it before.

"Muralo Ultra is one of the most user friendly ones I know of..." From searching I see Muralo mentioned quite a few times but there isn't a dealer in our area.


What is the BM equivalent to Pro Classic? I have used SW in the past but really prefer to use a local independent store that is a BM dealer.

Thanks for all the comments.
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It is confusing- SW uses the term satin that is more equivalent to BM's eggshell. Satin to BM is above eggshell, but under a semi.
I have always though that BM oil Satin Impervo was the gold standard of look and sheen, and so I try to find waterbornes that are close to that look.
Aura satin and Advance satin are pretty close. BM also has a waterborne (WB) Satin Impevo- but that was their first one, I think the other two are better.
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Interior trim I use Glidden Professional Diamond 450 Latex. Exterior Glidden Professional Fortis 450 latex. Excellent paint.

http://www.gliddenprofessional.com/p...nd_450_No_VOC*

http://www.gliddenprofessional.com/p...ity/Fortis_450
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I am going to use BM water based, what do you guys recommend from their line? I see the Impervo mentioned and will look into that one.
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I'll muddy up the water a little more. BM Advance Satin. you could slap that stuff on with a wisk broom and it will turn out smooth. Very nice paint to work with and water cleanup to boot.

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I have turned away from WB SI, I do think Advance or even Aura Satin is better.
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I have turned away from WB SI, I do think Advance or even Aura Satin is better.
Certainly easier to work with.
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I will check out the Advance.

If the Aura is easier to work with I can go that route. Even though the Aura goes off fast, it seemed like when I used it on the walls it blended right back in from the dry cut areas to the fields(if i am saying that right?)

I keep seeing where some of you are using satin for trim. I am usually thinking semi for trim.

Do you prefer the look of the satin for trim, or is the customer specifying it?
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Different Co's use different terms-
Satin at SW is more like eggshell at BM.
BM's sheens- flat- eggshell, satin, semi, gloss

The satin in BM is pretty much the standard sheen for trim here. Nice softer gloss so it helps not telegraph imperfections, but enough to be hard and cleanable.
Get some of the latex extender for Aura- it does help. I usually use equal xtender and water- which isn't much.

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