|Barked: Sat Oct 30, '10 10:44pm PST |
|I am a professional house painter and I just want to say NO to Behr. It is supposed to be good, but I have never liked it. Once you have used many better paints like myself you would never use Behr!!! (i don't mean you, just people in general, BOL) Everytime we have painted with it due to homeowner buying their own paint we have had a bad experience. It drys too slow, runs, and doesn't cover as good as the better paints. I HATE Behr commercials!
I also highly recommend Benjamin Moore though it is VERY pricey.
We frequently use Sherwin Williams or Porter (pittsburg) paints. From Porter I prefer Hi Hide Eggshell paint. It just has a bit of a shine but not too much. I have it in my whole condo. But, if you have a lot of imperfections on your walls you might want to go with a flat for the finish...I [ersonally don't like the look of flat and if you want washable I'd say go for eggshell or satin. Semigloss is good for trim paint.
At Sherwin William's we tend to use Classic 99 for walls and Super Paint for trim. Duration is also good for walls.
If you don't want to go to a paint store and want to go to Lowes, Valspar is a pretty good paint. We just finished a job and used valspar on the walls and trim. It worked really well to me.
As for priming. I will be honest we don't prime walls if it has already had a good coat of paint on it and even on new sheetrock we just put two coats of paint on the walls. My dad has been a painter for well over 30 years. We prime raw wood, trim, walls that will get wallpaper, etc but usually not just regular sheetrocked walls.
I agree prep work is a must. Fix any holes on the wall with a spackling, allow to dry and sand. You may need to caulk any cracks above baseboard on on the edges of door and window trim..
Here is a pic of my livingroom. Paint is hi hide eggshell from Porter (Pittsburg Paint) the color is dusty amber.
The trim is also from the same paint store and it is high gloss advantage 900 white.
Edited by author Sat Oct 30, '10 10:54pm PST
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