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MoolahLula

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What brand and finish of interior paint do you like?
« on: October 03, 2018, 05:16:43 PM »
For the DIY landlords who have imperfect walls, what brand and finish of interior paint do you like best to make the walls look smooth and not so banged up?  I bought a place that was not so gently lived in I guess. 

Do you guys like Kilz for primer?  I had thought primer was a rip-off in the past but now Iím not so sure.

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Re: What brand and finish of interior paint do you like?
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2018, 12:21:54 PM »
I love Benjamin Moore paints. Well worth the extra few dollars per gallon (in my humble opinion).

I've painted two homes top to bottom with Regal Select interior paint. A flat finish will hide many sins. https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/interior-exterior-paints-stains/product-catalog/rswip/regal-select-interior-paint.

Kilz primer is excellent.

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Re: What brand and finish of interior paint do you like?
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2018, 01:26:05 PM »
So I used to be all about behr, but haven’t had as good of results lately.  Still using it though.  I use flat paint for the walls and semigloss if trim is painted. 

Flat for the walls because it’s a lot easier to repaint. I hate prepping a satin/eggshell every few years. 

As for primer, Kilz is good, though I like zinssner primer a bit better.  I had better luck with chipping when trying to paint less than paintable objects. Otherwise interchangeable.




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Re: What brand and finish of interior paint do you like?
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2018, 01:35:14 PM »
Absolutely FLAT finish.   Not really stuck on a brand.

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Re: What brand and finish of interior paint do you like?
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2018, 09:50:42 PM »
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore here has recycled paint, Amazon brand (not the giant online store) in an array of standard colors. Flat only. I am using some now and it seems fine. $15/gallon.

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Re: What brand and finish of interior paint do you like?
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2018, 02:29:38 PM »
Is this your home or a rental? If it is the former, We went with Benjamin Moore paints.

The finish depends on the room. Living rooms, bedrooms, and hallways tend to be flat or egg shell. Maybe a Matte.

Bathroom and kitchen tend to be some sort of gloss finish.

If it is a rental, go with flats and semi gloss. neutral tones. My dad swore by Navajo white for halls and bedrooms and pure white for bathrooms and kitchens. Pop wasn't what you'd call "fashionable"


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Re: What brand and finish of interior paint do you like?
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2018, 12:44:31 AM »
Benjamin Moore Regal Select Chantilly Lace, matte.

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Re: What brand and finish of interior paint do you like?
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2018, 08:34:58 AM »
Home and high end rentals- benjamin moore flat for imperfect walls, eggshell for even walls (lasts longer than flat and scuffs can be cleaned instead of painted) and semi-gloss for trim and doors. Simply white for walls, pure white for trim in rentals. Nicest rentals get a fashionable color (dove grey at the moment) for bathrooms.

I only use Kilz if there is an odor problem with the walls (previous occupants smoked, for example).

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Re: What brand and finish of interior paint do you like?
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2018, 10:40:32 AM »
I really think all of the major brand latex paints are decent paint.  Prefer a flat finish for most areas as it hides imperfections, and a satin finish in restrooms and kitchens where you might have to wipe down walls, plus it resists moisture better.

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Re: What brand and finish of interior paint do you like?
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2018, 05:22:57 AM »
Another vote for Benjamin.

Also Warren Buffet owns a large portion of the company... So you know it's good lol....

In all seriousness, I tried other brands but Benjamin provides the best value for me in terms of install labor cost and durability.

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Re: What brand and finish of interior paint do you like?
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2018, 06:31:51 PM »
Benjamin Moore all the way. Good paint is worth the money.

Flat shows less flaws but hard to clean. Always Flat on the ceiling. Walls usually have at least a bit of sheen so they can be cleaned.

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Re: What brand and finish of interior paint do you like?
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2018, 07:23:22 PM »
I love Sherwin Williams.

I work in the industry and have nothing about good to say both at work and using at home.

Duration is amazing if you (or someone) is inhabiting it right after painting.

Flat higes imperfections better but is worse for scrubbing. I use a glossier finish on my house because I want to be able to scrub it.

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Re: What brand and finish of interior paint do you like?
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2018, 08:51:40 PM »
Late to the party, but Benjamin Moore hands down. Regal flat for walls, semi gloss for trim. Like Simply or Dove white. Or even a light greige like Balboa Mist. For personal residence, Aura. Just bit the bullet and painted entire interior of my house in Aura and its gorgeous. Easy to see why itís expensive. Iíve used every other major brand through the years and always regret when I donít use BM.

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Re: What brand and finish of interior paint do you like?
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2019, 01:40:12 PM »
I used flat for my first couple of properties(Satin for kitchen and baths).  Everyone said it would be easier on touch up. Unfortunately, the need for touch up, and overall painting increased.  Flat attracts and holds onto stains.  I've switched to eggshell and have seen less painting maintenance required.

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Re: What brand and finish of interior paint do you like?
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2019, 12:18:11 AM »
I don't care about the brand of paint, stain, or primer, whichever is on sale or the cheapest. It seems that no matter what brand you use, you need two coats, so why overpay? If I need to touch up some paint, I buy the same brand as the original.
A few cents about primer. Primer prevents mold and rust and covers imperfections. I don't like to get paint pre-mixed with primer, in my opinion it creates more work long term, the paint flakes off after a few seasons (outdoor paint), primer needs time to dry. But I haven't used all paints with primer, so, my opinion might change. You absolutely need to prime walls if you have skim coated them or used joint compound on them to patch holes and such. If you don't prime, your walls will have "flashing" after you paint them - painters term to describe the thing.

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Re: What brand and finish of interior paint do you like?
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2019, 03:07:52 AM »
Kilz helps but for those oily walls next to beds and stuff, it is tough. 

For best colors on nicer places, Pittsburgh paints.  You pay, but they have a beautiful box of colors for architects/designers. 

I prefer something with some sheen for high use areas (baths/kitchens) because they are more wipe-able than Flat paint.

If you can move towards all units having the same colors and trims....way better than the paint can farm I have.