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sactonewhomeowner

09:12AM | 02/24/04
Member Since: 02/23/04
5 lifetime posts
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Greetings,

My husband and I recently purchased an 84-year old house with plaster walls. We have a few questions:

1. We'd like a paint that will highlight the nice texture of the old paster. Do you have any suggestions on finish?

2. We want a quality paint that is no more than $40 per gallon (this seems to include most brands). Do you have any suggestions on paint brand?

Here are the answers we've come up with so far:

1. A matte finish

2. BenMoore, RL, or Behr

Behr seems to be the best value for money based on what I've read thus far, but we're willing to pay a little more if we can see the results. We're leaning toward BenMoore based on reviews we've read, but if someone with expertise/experience could help us out, we'd appreciate it greatly. There seems to be substantial disagreement on the merits and flaws of these brands, so if you could point to specific costs/benefits, that would help us. I know that no paint is perfect.

Thanks for your help,

Sacto

5slb6

02:05PM | 02/24/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
A finish with some sheen to it will accent the texture of your walls. Some paint companies call it eggshell, satin, velvet or pearl, so it depends on who you buy it from as to what it will be called.

You should buy your paint from a store that sells just paint if you want to get the best advice and that can be either Duron, Ben Moore or Sherwin Williams. Be sure to buy the premium brand from who ever you decide on as that will be your best value in the long run. If you buy the premium line at any of these companies it will do a good job for you.

mattyd

09:20PM | 02/24/04
Member Since: 02/04/04
34 lifetime posts
all the above paints are good quality. I would pay attention to the consumer reports. if you know what you want shopping at a large home improvement store will save you some money and time if your home is that old you will need to get the most for your dollar. I know alot of painters and they all stick with there local paint store they get treated well they have good employees and free coffee and munchees. bottom line you will pay more for the same.

tomh

01:57PM | 02/25/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
550 lifetime posts
What most folks don't know is that all premium paint stores will give you up to a 20% discount just for asking for their preferred customer card. They won't tell you, ya gotta ask! This includes Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore and Kelly Moore. Try that at a home improvement store.

mattyd

06:11PM | 02/25/04
Member Since: 02/04/04
34 lifetime posts
benne moore regal wall satin 215 top of the line 23$ to 25$ could be more if it is a deep base color. behr 110 flat under 18.00 no matter what color & life time warranty. i am a paint guy no mathmatician but that seems like 20% less to me.

5slb6

02:19AM | 02/26/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
The reason painters buy paint at a paint store is for the service first, quality product second and the coffee & donuts a very distant third and would dare say if we stopped serving them they would still buy paint from us. . These people make a living applying paint and can't take a chance on getting bad advice and it costing them money and as we all know the cost of the paint is really not that big of a deal in whole scheme of painting a house. That is why painters don't go to home centers to buy their paint. Also if you have a problem a paint store is more prone to send someone out to look at it than a home center will.

So go were the pros go to buy your paint.

mattyd

09:00AM | 02/26/04
Member Since: 02/04/04
34 lifetime posts
It sounds like you own or work for a paint store. No disrespect was meant to you. I know the benifits of going to a paint store. I also know your constant battle when the big boys move into town. Good quality service and good products is your saving grace.

This thread started buy a home owner asking were to go and what to use. I offered my opinion, you yours. I respect your opinion and i believe your point is valid. But,

dont assume that bad advice is given at a large store. There are plenty of strong employees at the big boys. No, not everybody knows everything you know. Im sure no one has ever recieved bad advice from your store. 5slb6 I have allways enjoyed reading you opinion and have never read any actual paint advice (problem solving)that you have given that I did not agree with.



sactonewhomeowner

03:08PM | 03/16/04
Member Since: 02/23/04
5 lifetime posts
Thank you for all of the useful comments.

We did go to a local Benjamin Moore paint store that gave us a contractors discount (which was sizable). Not only that, but we received an hour of free consultation with a professional painter who gave excellent advice. I can't speak to the quality of other paints, but we are thrilled with the results.
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