Which brand of paint is better?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by Abner, Apr 12, 2005.

  1. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member


    This may seem like a silly question, but I am going to throw it out there anyway. Which brand of paint is better, Dunn Edwards or Sherwin Williams? Or are they about the same quality wise?

    Time to paint the house again, oh joy!


    Abner :)
  2. Mike Albrecht

    Mike Albrecht New Member

    From a technical point, most paints are pretty much the same. The big differences come in type of paint, and even more so in the surface treatment.

    Both have several different choices for exterior work. You need to compare the quality levels. For example: sherwin Williams has five levels of exterior paint. Comapring their bottom line (Weather Perfect) with Dunn Edwards top of the line Sherwin Willaims will win on price, but Dunn Edwards on performance. The point to compare are solids content, and projected coverage. High solids and lower coverage (thicker coating) gives better results.

    But your surface prep and undercoat (primer) is probably even more important.
  3. DesElms

    DesElms New Member

    So Krylon's out, too, then... right?

    So... then... I'm guessing it's safe to say that Mort & Sal's Exterior Aerosol Spray Satin Finish, at $.99/can, would probably not be good... right?

    And spraying it onto twenty-three-year-old, bare wood with mold stains... that wouldn't be good, either, right?


    A paint question in a distance learning forum.

    Sure... I get it.

    [Not complaining... just observing... and marveling, a bit, as well.]
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  4. PhD2B

    PhD2B Dazed and Confused

    If you put any faith in Consumer Reports...the CR Best Buys include (ranked):

    Flat Paints
    1) Behr Premium Plus Enamel (Home Depot brand)
    3) Kilz Casual Colors (Walmart)
    4) Valspar American Tradition (Lowe's & Walmart)
    9) Dutch Boy Home

    Low-Luster Paints
    1) Behr Premium Plus Satin
    2) Valspar American Tradition Satin
    3) Kilz Casual Colors Satin
    7) Dutch Boy Home Satin

    Semi-Gloss Paints*
    2) Behr Premium Plus
    4) Kilz Casual Colors
    10) Dutch Boy Home

    * Valspar American Tradition Signature Colors was rated number one under Semi-Gloss but wasn't a CR Best Buy due to price.

    I use Valspar American Tradition and I find it excellent.
  5. Bill Huffman

    Bill Huffman Active Member

    I suggest going accredited rather than unaccredited.

    Oops wrong thread ... rewind, I mean utility is a measure of respect for the institution.

    Oops again ... rewind, I mean state approved is tantamount to meaningless.

    Oops ... rewind ... click ... click
  6. Deb

    Deb New Member

    I painted the interior of two houses in one year - get Behr!!! It covers well and is fairly priced. Stay away from Glidden.

    The big secret though - prime, prime, prime!! It's nasty stuff but one coat of a good primer will makes everything last longer. And, if you are in Florida, it keeps mold from growing on the outside.

  7. DesElms

    DesElms New Member

    Re: Re: Which brand of paint is better?

    Isn't that interesting. I was talking to a kid the other day who put himself through college doing professional window cleaning and interior and exterior painting in relatively wealthy residential neighborhoods. He told me that the only way he'd use Behr paints would be to purchase them in five-gallon buckets at Home Depot, dump them into some kind of paint waste disposal facility, and then use the empty buckets to stand on while he applied almost any other brand.

    [Ouch!] :(

    My own experience with Behr suggests that one should take what he said with a grain of salt. In addition to my good luck using them, it's important to note that the kid's dad is a full-time, professional painting contractor... so said kid probably has some fairly strong ideas about which paint is good and, like most who come from that world, probably turns-up his nose at consumer products.

    Still, it's interesting how highly Consumer Reports rated the Behr brand.
  8. PhD2B

    PhD2B Dazed and Confused

    Re: Re: Re: Which brand of paint is better?

    On a scale of excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor, CR rated Behr excellent in every category (hiding, mildew, sticking, and scrubbing).

    I have never used Behr because I do not have a Home Depot anywhere close to where I live, so I have been using Lowe’s American Tradition with great results.

    To each his own…
  9. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Re: Re: Which brand of paint is better?


    Thanks everybody! I had no idea I would get so many responses! Thanks, I really appreciate it.

    Abner :)

    P.S. I have a mid term this afternoon for my Environmental History class , wish me luck! I kind of feel like I am on my way to a firing squad, he, he.
  10. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    You can't beat white lead and linseed oil! ;)

    (Yeah, right. The EPA might not be real pleased with you...)
  11. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    He, he!

    He, he! :)

    Abner :)
  12. Jack Tracey

    Jack Tracey New Member

    Re: Re: Re: Which brand of paint is better?

    OK, so if they ask any questions about painting then you should remember that PREPARATION is perhaps as important as the brand of paint. Stripping off the old paint, scraping and sanding, is perhaps equally important to the brand you use.
    Hmmm, preparation for a final test of a product. Is there perhaps a connection to education after all? I'm guessing that the answer is . . .

    NO!!! None at all!!!
  13. Mr. Engineer

    Mr. Engineer member

    Hey Jack

    Now that you are an expert at paint, can you come on over and paint my house. It really needs it! :D

    Personally, I like anything but Kelly-Moore. Not that Kelly-Moore is bad, I just don't like the way their management treats their employees.
  14. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Which brand of paint is better?

    He, he! :)

    I have received quite an education in the principles of painting though! I want to paint my house real well so I don't have to do it again for a very long time! :)

    As far as my mid term, I actually did a lot better than I thought, I was remebering things I thought I had forgotten. I took of a couple of Ginko biloba pills before the test, I know it sounds crazy but I think they really help.

    Good evening!

    Thanks once again,

    Abner :)
  15. Jack Tracey

    Jack Tracey New Member

    Yes. I'd be very happy to come over and paint your house. I guarantee first rate work. I'm gravely concerned, however, that you will not be able to afford my price.
    Hmmm, let's see...scraping, sanding, paint per square foot...all that is pretty standard. It's that daily commute from the East Coast that going to drive up the cost.
  16. DaveHayden

    DaveHayden New Member

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Which brand of paint is better?

    Like you I have never used Behr brand paint so I can't say much about it.

    When I was in the photo and video wholesale business we found the Consumer Reports recommendation interesting. Sometimes they were spot on and other times they recommended the WORST possible choice. BUT, they always sold tons of cameras! All you had to say to close a sale was it was recommended by Consumer Reports! Cha'ching!
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