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Should interior or exterior paint be used on unheated interior garage walls?

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Old 12-04-2012, 09:17 AM   #16
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Which is exactly why I wouldn't put flat paint in a garage to begin with - I'd use eggshell (or "matte" at a bare minimum). So the poll ought to be eggshell interior vs. exterior. That makes it a lot closer in terms of performance.

But it does raise the question of comparing apples to apples. If you really want a true flat finish in your garage, then you should use interior paint. You might want that purely aesthetically. Or, you might prefer touching up over cleaning, where flat has an advantage.

Other than that, I guess my next garage will be painted with exterior paint.
Bear in mind that in my original post, I did say I'd recommend the exterior route - for all the reasons listed so far from each responder...Most of my comments then regarding the use of flat paints or interiors is largely to generate discussion of why we'd recommend either and what arguments we'd have to back up either suggestion.

Perhaps when describing option #3 "Situation", I should've compared Aesthetics versus Utility (rather than lifespan). From a utility perspective, flat paints would be the worst recommendation, yet that's what I've painted my garage with...Why? Laziness, I s'pose. In my man cave/workshop/den of solitude & solace (otherwise known as my garage), I can admit that in my 26 years in this house I now reside, I've never once taken a rag to the walls in the feeblest attempt to clean 'em (and I don't think I'm alone here)...I just paint over 'em without any surface prep. Again, why? Because I can - and I am very well aware of possible consequences - as well as whatever corrective measures are necessary in the very real probability that those particular consequences will come to life.

But here's the difference...I would never, ever recommend my system to anyone who actually has to purchase their own paint, especially if they have any kind of performance expectations. And we're really speaking from 3 different perspectives here...(1) what would you recommend to a homeowner doing their own work (as has been posted here many times), (2) what would you, as a professional, recommend to the homeowner that has contracted your services with expectations of a better job than he/she could do themselves, and (3) (and be honest here) what would you do in your own garage?

From perspective #3, I've already told you what I do...and from #2, I absolutely, whole-heartedly agree with JSheridan - that, as a professional, if I am putting my name (signature) and reputation on this agreement, then I absolutely must focus my priorities to first address the performance and utility issues - with aesthetics being secondary...To address perspective #1 - rather than attempt to pound square pegs into round holes with what you think may be best, it's necessary to determine what is the desired objective of that particular homeowner or DIYer before making a final recommendation.

In other words, neither system is necessarily right or wrong - both (either) would work, but each will provide somewhat different outcomes.

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And we're really speaking from 3 different perspectives here...(1) what would you recommend to a homeowner doing their own work (as has been posted here many times), (2) what would you, as a professional, recommend to the homeowner that has contracted your services with expectations of a better job than he/she could do themselves, and (3) (and be honest here) what would you do in your own garage?
Yup.

It probably should be in a FAQ here.

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