Who Manufactures the "best" quality paint?
Over the years I've tried many paints. The best I've used are Pride Paints, Porter Paints and Sherwin Williams. While the quality of the paint counts alot, the prep work counts for half of the job. If you do the prep work well, the paint will do it's job. As the old saying goes, No matter what paint you use, if you try to paint a pig, it still looks like a pig. The pig won't like it much either.
Len is right prep, prep, prep, if you can see it in the primer it will be double in the top coat.
Wash the surface if it has not been painted in a long time or has residue, grease or anything else on it. Scrape all chipping paint and sand it smooth. Make sure all seams are level and even; if not, makes them even. Don't rely on masking tape, alone to create a straight line; the paint will seep. Those thing determine the quality of a paint job much more than the paint you use.
Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore have always been highly recommended. They are also the most popular/well-known of premium paints. There also might be local paints in your area that are just as good that I and of which most people on this list have never heard.
I have also had good luck with the ordinary (non-textured) Ralph Lauren paints available at Home Depot, although some curse them. I was able to cover a light color with a dark color and then back again from a dark color to a light color in one coat each. Nice, smooth, creamy, strong finish, as well. Rumor has it that it is manufactured by Sherwin Williams, but a Sherwin Williams rep to whom I spoke denied it, and there is nothing on the can mentioning Sherwin Williams.
The Ralph Lauren paints used to be good when they were manufactured by Sherwin-Williams. However, RL gave the license to Glidden about a year ago, and there has been a definite change in quality (I recently used an RL satin, which went on poorly and left me wishing I had stuck to my SW).
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