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Old 09-14-2011, 11:55 AM   #1
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What paint(s) should I buy?


I bought a new condo, and it has a few fairly ugly walls in dark colors. Plus, whoever painted it did a fairly sloppy job, there's base coat dribbled all over the trim and so forth.

I'm on a budget, and I have gift card thingies for both Ace and Lowes. I wanted to paint the walls one color (a near-white lavender, likely in eggshell), and the trim another (a medium-pale lavender, likely in semi-gloss).
To make optimum use of available resources, I was probably going to buy the wall color at one place, and the trim color at the other. And I will probably buy primer for the dark walls, though I may not bother with it for the pale ones.

I'm willing to pay a bit more for paint that's good quality and will last, but like I said, funds are finite. I'd really prefer to stay under ~$25/gallon for paint, unless paying a little more will mean a very large difference in quality.

Given my constraints, in my situation, what would you buy? If it makes a difference, since I'll need rather less of the trim paint I'm willing to pay a little more per gallon for that if necessary.

(if you have any other advice for me, I'd love to hear that, too)

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Old 09-14-2011, 02:03 PM   #2
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Tam, all the major paint companies have quality paints for all budgets. You don't have to buy the $50 a gallon paint to get good results. For example Sherwin-Williams has Sherscrub, Promar 400, or even Promar 200 that is priced more reasonably than Duration. Now, since you have a Lowe's gift card, I think you would be ok buying some Valspar or Olympic paint for your project. Both are reasonably priced and do a decent job on walls and trim. Maybe not the quality of SW or Benjamin Moore, but decent paint nonetheless.

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So... do you think using Valspar or Olympic for the walls and Benjamin Moore for the trim (Ace has BM paints) would give me reasonable results? (if I can use both gift cards, I'm less likely to need any money beyond the cards...)

And, any opinion on Valspar vs Olympic, or the specific type/variety I should go for in either?... I suspect I can afford the "premium" (or whatever) in the Valspar while still staying within my budget, possibly also in the Olympic.
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So... do you think using Valspar or Olympic for the walls and Benjamin Moore for the trim (Ace has BM paints) would give me reasonable results? (if I can use both gift cards, I'm less likely to need any money beyond the cards...)

And, any opinion on Valspar vs Olympic, or the specific type/variety I should go for in either?... I suspect I can afford the "premium" (or whatever) in the Valspar while still staying within my budget, possibly also in the Olympic.
Top of the line Valspar is closer to $35 a gallon.......their mid-level paint is about $27 a gallon. Olympic is priced a bit lower.......and, yes, I see no problem with Valspar or Olympic on the walls and BM on the trim.
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Top of the line Valspar is closer to $35 a gallon.......their mid-level paint is about $27 a gallon. Olympic is priced a bit lower.......and, yes, I see no problem with Valspar or Olympic on the walls and BM on the trim.
Hrm. Their website says that Valspar's "ultra premium" is $27/gal; the Olympic premium seems to be $23/gal. Though the "signature colors" may be the top of the line for Valdspar, and that is $34/gal. Olympic ONE is ~$25.

Betwixt Valspar Ultra Premium, Olympic Premium, and Olympic ONE, which would you chose?... Or do you think it matters?
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Tam, any of those choices would be fine. I tend to favor Valspar Ultra Premium as I have used it quite a bit, and, at that price, I say "go for it."
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I see Behr paint - their interior latex - is now on sale at $19.95/gallon.

Wow.

Finally, something that may be worth it.... Not IMO, however.
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I see Behr paint - their interior latex - is now on sale at $19.95/gallon.

Wow.

Finally, something that may be worth it.... Not IMO, however.
I doubt it

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