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Old 11-26-2013, 08:58 AM   #1
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I am doing an office this winter. Right now intend on going with California Cal Pro. Why? I and HO like the paint, and it is cheaper than BM Regal Select and better quality than BM Ben. My question is about "Contractor Paints." Are these paints just cheaper paints, or are they designed to be more durable? Does BM make a paint that will be a better fit than California's Cal Pro or its own Regal Select. BTW, I am limited in what I can get easily. Only BM, California, and Pittsburgh are sold in my area, and the store that sells Cal. and Pittsburgh has a very limited selection.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:15 AM   #2
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I dont understand hiring a painter then choosing to use a contractor grade paint. Especially for 1 room! Spend the extra $20 and put a paint on there that will actually clean and touch up.
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To me the paint cost is marginal and rarely warrants using the cheap stuff.

My material costs run a little higher than most at an average of 18% but on a smaller job like that labor will be at a minimum charge so materials would be in the 12%-15% range. So, that said, $8 or $28 would mean what, a bump in costs of 1%-2% of the total job cost.

Why would I use Ben when I could spend $10 and get a better product? or $20 and get Aura?
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My question is about "Contractor Paints." Are these paints just cheaper paints, or are they designed to be more durable?
Yes cheaper paints formulated for "go and blow" projects, not intended for heavy use or abuse.

New construction, or commercial primarily.
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I am doing an office this winter. Right now intend on going with California Cal Pro. Why? I and HO like the paint, and it is cheaper than BM Regal Select and better quality than BM Ben. My question is about "Contractor Paints." Are these paints just cheaper paints, or are they designed to be more durable? Does BM make a paint that will be a better fit than California's Cal Pro or its own Regal Select. BTW, I am limited in what I can get easily. Only BM, California, and Pittsburgh are sold in my area, and the store that sells Cal. and Pittsburgh has a very limited selection.
CalPro is actually a really good paint, especially for the price. It's a vinyl acrylic as opposed to the 100% acrylics. Which is why it's cheaper also. In the California line more durable next step up is the Fres-coat or Elements then max durability is Super Scrub.
I really don't know anyone at the BC anymore except for some yard guys and a friend in Essex. But if you need something they don't have they can get it. The California factory is in Andover. If that's not appealing send me a message, I live in Gloucester.
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Thanks everyone. I was not looking for cheaper, just trying to get the right paint for the job. Spoke to my California rep and he recommended Super Scrub, which I am working on getting. My hardware store does not carry it.
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