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George Foss

09:59AM | 06/01/99
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I've searched the internet high and low asking the same question: How does one really determine paint quality? But I never get a straight answer. All the experts can say is "trust your paint store."
Whatever happened to ingredient percentages on the paint can label? Is there a conspiracy among paint manufacturers to suppress this information?
Hasn't anyone beside me asked this question?

BobF

03:39AM | 06/02/99
George,

I've never worried about percentages. There are certain brands one can trust. I've used Sherwin-williams for years with no problems at all. I know pros use Porter Paints and Pratt and Lambert paints. These are more expensive than SW, so I stick with SW.

But the paints from a paint store, not a discount store.

Reading these forums I've learned that Wal-mart, K-mart, etc carry lesser quality paints. The designer paints they carry are often panned in these forums.

Handywoman

03:30PM | 06/02/99
In the Home Section of 4/29, the Washington Post ran a feature on paints. One article covered your point exactly. There is no way to judge quality by the labels. My site has some info on paints - brands, cheap vs. pricey, etc.; www.enlivened.com

I'm partial to the Ralph Lauren Paints, sold at Home Depot. 1-800-379-POLO, option 2, will also locate other folks near you who carry the Ralph line.

Pratt & Lambert is excellent as well. I use the Accolade flat "one coat white" enamel on many jobs for great ceilings. Unless you get a contractors' discount on price, however, P&L will cost you much more than the Ralph Lauren line.

So, the short answer is that labels are worthless. Perhaps my professional experience can fill in the gap!

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