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I am looking at the zinsser ceiling paint or the Benjimin Moore (white and blue can). Any advice on which one to go with?


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I can't speak to the zinsser paint Howard, but I do like the BM Muresco (blue can with white lettering). I just burned through a couple gallons of it the other day. It seems to have changed a bit though. I noticed a slight angular sheen, but it's supposed to be a dead flat, and it was, before. I wonder if some of the flatting agents have been sacrificed to the idiot VOC gods. They do have a new waterborne ceiling flat, supposed dead flat, that I have used before. It's okay, but the price point is a little higher. Even BM Super Spec flat wall is good for ceilings. I'm generally not a fan of flat wall finishes for ceilings in general, because most flats have slight angular sheen, but SS flat is good. I'm a stickler for the flattest ceilings possible, and I also don't believe you need to go into the high 30's or 40's for ceiling whites.
 

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If you don't like BM, give SW's Brilliance Ceiling paint a shot. Covers well..........maybe not dead flat but pretty close. Usually comes in around $25 per gallon.
 

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I don't like rooms painted with white ceilings as a matter of tradition or whatever. BORING and really a throw back to gas light days when the only safe place to put a light fixture was in the middle of the room. You sought as much reflection from white as possible I guess.

Anyhow, I too like using contractor grades of whatever sheen (fewer options in contractor grades) for ceilings. Super Spec from Ben Moore or SW's Pro Mar can save quite a bit per gallon and you do not need washability and so forth in a ceiling paint.
 

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I don't like rooms painted with white ceilings as a matter of tradition or whatever. BORING and really a throw back to gas light days when the only safe place to put a light fixture was in the middle of the room. You sought as much reflection from white as possible I guess.

Anyhow, I too like using contractor grades of whatever sheen (fewer options in contractor grades) for ceilings. Super Spec from Ben Moore or SW's Pro Mar can save quite a bit per gallon and you do not need washability and so forth in a ceiling paint.
I agree that white ceilings are becoming boring, especially since the explosion in color technology and acceptance/newfound bravery by the public in general. And, I think from a decorating stand point, they're not the go to they used to be. However, they still provide the greatest luminence. I try to encourage percentage formulas of the wall color, other complementary colors, even using flat versions of the wall color when a sheen is used on the walls, which is a nice effect.
 
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