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Old 05-23-2012, 11:55 PM   #1
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Finally had a chance to demo the new interior SW emerald. Quick filler job for a good friend. $1mil home with a couple rugrats running around beating on the walls. I figured it would be perfect spot to try this. Color was ivorie so extra white base matte over builders bone white. Quick 360 on the walls and couple small dings. First off out of the can, I could barely smell anything. If anything, it had that plasticy smell like duration but only about 1/4 as strong. Noticed with first strokes that coverage was much better. I applied it heavy to start just to check for coverage. Builders flat and even semi along trim always pushed through duration or anything else, first coat, no matter how heavy, but this stuff covered. Even when dumping it on, it didn't sag. Rolled out super smooth. If I really loaded both brush and roll, it would have went in one. First coat dried really fast and no flashing, high/lows, and/or funky angular sheens looking down the wall. Brush and roll edges leveled out. Second coat same as first. Again easy application and no
quirky sags or drips from the initial "dump" on areas from the first coat. In the end, the matte finish was much less shiny than duration, no flashy cuts and edges leveled like spray.

Didn't really get to test coverage or ultra deep but if it's anything like the white base, it will cover like a glove.

I guess it's all SW in one can: super coverage, effortless cashmere application, ultimate duration durability and 0voc.

All this for $70gal???
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:10 AM   #2
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Yea, I agree, it's the best SW product I've used for interior. But they are claim inning it is the same as Aura. It is not. Apples to apples, I used both on a recent project and Aura is still the easiest application with the best results, hands down. That's not to say I wasn't impressed with the paint, because generally I dislike SW products, but once again, this product is not what the salespeople at SW claim it is. If they want to keep giving me free gallons, I'll continue to use it, but when I know that only the best possible results are acceptable, I'll stick to what I know works every time. Aura.
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I had a gallon of semi gloss a few weeks ago to comp with Aura and to be honest with you I was not impressed. It does not cover like Aura and required 2 coats to get "pure" white over an existing off white color. Most any semi would take 2 coats so why pay so much for Emerald is my question.

We actually stopped using it and went back to Medium Cashmere that myself and my guys prefer although Emerald does apply much like Cashmere. $62.99 was the shelf price for Emerald semi. Now thru Memorial day they are offering it at 30% off to the public. IMO Emerald will not survive if sold at list price and at $44.09 it's worth it but I still pay less for the Cashmere.
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We got a few gallons comped and not impressed at all I'll stick with duration home
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I would also like to add the cans for interior Emerald are the horrible ones with the plastic lids that nobody can never get closed good. Exterior the cans have the standard metal lids.
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Yeah i hate thosr plastic lids
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Breakfast Room/Sun Room

1 wall -floor to ceiling windows, another wall - triple slider to deck, other two walls - triple openings into kitchen and triple opening into family room. Widest "wall" was maybe 2'. Bunch of cuts and 2" channels between windows. Prob could have whizzed it!
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Breakfast Room/Sun Room

1 wall -floor to ceiling windows, another wall - triple slider to deck, other two walls - triple openings into kitchen and triple opening into family room. Widest "wall" was maybe 2'. Bunch of cuts and 2" channels between windows. Prob could have whizzed it!
Yeah just thought I'd do the joke since that roller thread wasn't that long ago.
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I would also like to add the cans for interior Emerald are the horrible ones with the plastic lids that nobody can never get closed good. Exterior the cans have the standard metal lids.
Could be worse like those hidous Duration jugs that their paint use to come in with the easy pour spout with the big ugly handle.Looked like a coffee container!What a joke that was.
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Could be worse like those hidous Duration jugs that their paint use to come in with the easy pour spout with the big ugly handle.Looked like a coffee container!What a joke that was.
Just think how many millions were wasted on that failure of a design.
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Just think how many millions were wasted on that failure of a design.
I don't think they wasted anything - they just sent those jugs over to Dutch Boy...
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My store has demo's from SW Emerald ext satin.

That being said, I think I will wait until people have used it and a few seasons have passed to see how it stands up on trim. Otherwise Aura and Duration for now!
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