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Old 05-02-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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I do repaints of garden apartment complex. The paint we've used for years, Finneran and Haley, was bought by BM and taken off the market. This paint was great, superior hide and $55/5 gal of flat. Options in my area are Benjamin Moore, SW, or Home Depot.

I'm looking for a place that can match color perfectly and sell me a good contractor grade paint. I realize price I was paying was low and I can pay more.

Based on my needs what's the best for the price.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:10 PM   #2
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I'm sure I will be destroyed for this one but if your looking cheap apartment paint check out kilz pro x. For the price it is surprisingly good.
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I'm sure I will be destroyed for this one but if your looking cheap apartment paint check out kilz pro x. For the price it is surprisingly good.
We are doing work for a house flipper that is supplying this for the paint, I am impressed so far, I thought it would be junk, I say it is very close to BM superhide line. I wouldn't use it in a paying customers house but for those house flippers I will be buying some especially since they try to beat us up on our prices.
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If your concerned with color matching then def. SW or Ben-Moore. I personally use Cover-Max from SW and it covers good I pay around $75 for a 5. Though i don't really use much cause i usually stay with higher end products on repaints.
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Lowes sells Valspar 2000 series contractor paint. Very good paint. They've just added 5000 and 7000 to challenge SW cheaper paints. Have not tried to 5000 which is probably like SW 500, but the 7000 is junk, just like SW 700. If you're going over same color it doesn't much matter to apt. owners who want in and out and cheap. If you want something decent much lower cost than SW I'd go to the 2000. I"ve used a ton of it the last year and a half(since it came on the market) on active military homes, not apts. The reports from these young people is that the eggshell, that I use, cleans up very well, which is important cause they all have houses full of kids. btw, it touches up well also. pd
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Have not tried to 5000 which is probably like SW 500, but the 7000 is junk, just like SW 700.
I have never seen a ProMar 500 or a 500 line on SW. Do you have a pic?
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contractor paint only means cheap or difficult to apply
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Contractor paint is all i used in first 15 years of painting .. Production mode. I believe once you can make crappy paint look good you are a true pro.
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Thanks ant other suggestions are appreciated.
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Sw masterhide is my go to cheap paint. I get it for around $60 for a 5er.
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Hey Renta....ok 400 pro mar. get your rocks off making corrections? I only used that crap for ceilings. Guess you're more familiar with that product than I. Thanks for keeping an old man straight. Aint computers great?
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Hey Painta.....give it a try to Kilz Pro 300 dead flat for ceilings.
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Thanks for the input, way to stay on topic.
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go buy some paint and make your own decisions.
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Try Sherscrub from SW. We pay about 66$ per 5 and it's good stuff. Been using it the last couple years and very happy with it for a cheaper paint. Much better then the ProMar.
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Hey Painta.....give it a try to Kilz Pro 300 dead flat for ceilings.
Two thumbs way up on this paint. The deadest flat around
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Two thumbs way up on this paint. The deadest flat around
I hear that! Love it.Just got done using it on some ceilings with one coat coverage with beautiful results.
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I hear that! Love it.Just got done using it on some ceilings with one coat coverage with beautiful results.
Ah yes the man who is the behr'r of good news.
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